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Learning objects Colossal fossils: the dig

TLF ID L2011

Join a team of palaeontologists working on an Australian megafauna dig site. Dig up and describe a megafauna jaw bone or skull. Use tools such as a pick, rock hammer and scraping knife. Prepare the fossil for removal using tools such a fine brush, glue and plaster. See how the features of the bone are used to identify the physical features of the animal it came from. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students describe how palaeontologists excavate and remove fossils.
  • Students relate the structure of teeth and jaws to their functions.
Educational value
  • Demonstrates how palaeontologists excavate dig sites and prepare fossils for removal.
  • Illustrates the functions of archaeological tools and implements.
  • Illustrates morphology and functions of extinct Australian megafauna.
  • Supports repeated use by randomly generating a fossil to recover and identify.
  • Includes an interactive notebook to record observations.
  • Provides a printable species description for a large extinct animal.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
    • Science/Evidence
    • Science/Fossils
    • Science/Animals
    • Science/Scientific techniques
    • Science/Safety
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Nik Bambrick
    • Organisation: Verve Interactive Pty Ltd
    • Address: North Bondi NSW 2026 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Andrew Inglis
    • Organisation: The University of Western Australia
    • Address: Nedlands WA 6907 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Organisation: The University of Western Australia; The Centre for Learning Technology
    • Address: Nedlands WA 6907 Australia
    • URL:
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.