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Fair dinkum fossils

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One hundred million years ago, parts of Australia lay under ancient inland seas alive with marine reptiles, while prehistoric creatures roamed the land. Given Australia’s geographic isolation many of Australia’s dinosaurs evolved as unique species adapted to extreme conditions.

Australia’s dinosaurs are known mostly from fragmentary fossils. Dinosaur fossils have been found mainly in the Eastern half of Australia (Queensland, New South Wales & Victoria). Today, these fossils, bones and footprints from these amazing creatures give us an insight into what they might have looked like and how they may have lived.

An incredible moment in Australian Dinosaur history has been preserved at the Lark Quarry in Queensland, this is known as the Dinosaur Stampede. It has been estimated that around 95 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period, a large dinosaur ran through a flock of 180 bird-sized carnivorous Theropods and herbivorous Ornithopods. The smaller dinosaurs fled the larger dinosaur, leaving thousands of footprints impressed on the Earth’s muddy surface. Over time the footprints filled with sand and became preserved beneath a lake. As the lake dried up, the footprints turned to rock.

Key Learning Question

How do scientists use evidence to make inferences about life in the past?

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Learn about Australian dinosaurs
  • Investigate, interpret and predict dinosaur movements
  • Experience virtually the world of Australia’s dinosaurs and the palaeontologists who discover them.


Students will:

  • Undertake an exploration of fossils
  • Engage in a range of mathematical analysis activities related to the dinosaur stampede
  • Walk in the footsteps of a palaeontologist.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth's surface (VCSSU079)
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (VCSSU079)

Learning Continuum

The following Learning Continuum is a guide for teachers to show the links between the programs Ecolinc offers onsite, online and through outreach. The Learning Continuum can be used to access Ecolinc resources to support the development of units of work.

Ecolinc Learn Online is an online learning management system offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone. Students are encouraged to do the post-learning course after coming to Ecolinc for an onsite program.

Outreach programs are conducted by an Ecolinc education officer at your school. They are available to moderately disadvantaged primary schools in the Geelong, Ballarat and western suburbs areas (or within 100km radius from Bacchus Marsh).


☞ Fair dinkum fossils

Learn Online Post-program:

☞ Dating dinosaurs