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Megafauna mystery News

by Pat, 12 July 2013 | 1 comments

Marsupial lion skeleton. It casts its shadow on the back wall.

Giant wombats, short-faced kangaroos and the largest land lizard to ever have lived are just some of Australia’s megafauna. These large animals have mostly gone extinct. However, the cause of their extinction is still a matter of debate.

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Chicken jigsaw Activity

by Mike, 10 April 2013 | 0 comments

Illustration of the location of bones on a chicken.

Going by their work, paleontologists would need to be pretty good at putting together jigsaw puzzles. Paleontologists have the task of identifying bones based on their shape, then estimating where they belong in the body. Often they only have a couple of bones or teeth to use to identify the fossilised animal.

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The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth News

by Mike, 2 November 2012 | 0 comments

Skull of a placoderm, an ancient type of fish

Say cheese and flash that beautiful smile. You should be proud of those choppers; after all, teeth have been around for nearly half a billion years.

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Dinosaurs not fat, but big boned News

by Mike, 30 October 2012 | 4 comments

Sauropod and human

Written by Emma Bastian How do you weigh a dinosaur? It’s a simple question with a very complex answer.

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Play the time walk board game Game

by Jasmine, 24 August 2012 | 2 comments

Board for the time walk board game

Looking for something to do this weekend? Play the time walk board game. You can download and print the instructions, game pieces and  board. Let us know what you think! If you’re after more science fun for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!

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