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The Circle: the frozen laboratory

Explore how Antarctic plants and animals are adapted to life in a polar environment. Look at species descriptions of animals such as penguins, whales and krill. Examine specific adaptations such as the dense feathers and layers of body fat of the emperor penguin. Compare feeding pathways within a food web. Explore the geological ...

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Cambrian fossils on Kangaroo Island

All fossils provide interesting clues to what life on Earth was once like, but there is something quite unique about the fossils found at Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Watch this clip to find out why.

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Caving for fossils

Imagine the enthusiasm of Australian paleontologists when they heard about the discovery of three caves in the middle of the Nullarbor Plain. Watch this clip to find out just what was discovered in the caves and why it is so significant.

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Decreasing snowfalls threaten pygmy-possum

The Mountain Pygmy-possum spends winter hibernating beneath snow at temperatures of two degrees. But what could happen to the species if there is little or no snow blanket to hibernate beneath? Watch this clip to find out.

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The Circle: biology

Explore how Antarctic plants and animals are adapted to life in a polar environment. Look at species descriptions of animals such as penguins, whales and krill. Examine specific adaptations to the environment such as the dense feathers and layers of body fat of the emperor penguin. Compare feeding pathways within a food ...

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Travel back in time

Prepare a geological display for a museum. Classify and label fossils and rocks. Work out which region the specimens came from. Travel back through time and collect information about past climates, habitats and positions of continents. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Travel back in time [no spoken instructions]

Prepare a geological display for a museum. Classify and label fossils and rocks. Work out which region the specimens came from. Travel back through time and collect information about past climates, habitats and positions of continents. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Travel back in time: time map

See how the land masses of Australia and New Zealand have changed over the last 110 million years. Learn about past climates. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Down to Earth: palaeotraveller

Travel back in time and see how the Australian continent has changed. For example, find out when glaciers were common on the Australian mainland. Look at maps, landscapes, living things and environments over the last 545 million years. Compare past temperatures and sea levels with those of today. Explore which forces are ...

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Using 'Geological change and evolution' - Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea, two digital curriculum resources are used to assist students' understanding of the geological processes that helped to shape the Earth. Using Antarctica as a case study, students examine how a study of fossil evidence, plate tectonics and geological timescale supports the theory of evolution. It includes ...

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Animal weapons: blue-ringed octopus

This is a colour clip showing a blue-ringed octopus in an Australian marine habitat hunting for, killing and devouring crabs, its favourite prey. It is shown flashing its blue iridescent rings to warn predators that it possesses potentially lethal venom, as well as using camouflage to approach its prey undetected. The clip ...

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Ballarat Kennel Club

This is a silent Pathe 'Ballarat Gazette' newsreel entitled 'Ballarat Kennel Club', made in conjunction with the local Ballarat newspaper, 'Evening Echo'. It was shot on 1 June 1912, and features a dog show held by the Ballarat Kennel Club outside the local Coliseum Hall in Ballarat, Victoria. The proud owners of prize-winners ...

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Shark teeth

This is an information sheet about different types of fossil shark teeth that are occasionally found on Victorian beaches. It is also available as a one-page pdf file for download.

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Victorian marine fossils

This is an information sheet that provides a summary of the major kinds of invertebrate fossils found in Victoria. The sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Meteorites

This is an information sheet about meteorites, covering their sources, composition, classification, systems of naming and Australian laws governing their ownership.

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Australian Owl Genetics Project

This is an information sheet describing the Australian Owl Genetics Project's efforts to ensure the continuing survival of Australia's owls and the preservation of their habitats.

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Family with pony, dog, car and horse float at the Royal Melbourne Show, 1975

This is a colour photograph showing the Sheldon family on a day trip at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, with their pony Misty and dog Beau in 1975. The family's horse float and car are behind them. Misty had been awarded second prize in her competition. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Farrell family and dog on front porch, 1918

This is a 1918 photograph of Charles and Maude Farrell, their three children and their pet dog. It was taken on the front verandah of their family home in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg. Charles is standing, while Maude and the children are clustered around their pet, which appears to be doing a trick.

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Extended Fletcher family with cats, dog and hens in backyard, Brunswick, c1913

This is a digital scan of the original black-and-white photograph showing the extended Fletcher family, probably in the backyard of their home in Brunswick, Melbourne, in about 1913.

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The link between dinosaurs and birds, 2009

This is a video in which Museum Victoria's Priscilla Gaff talks about the link between dinosaurs and birds. The video was made as part of Museum Victoria's 'Dinosaur Walk' exhibition in 2009.