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Fossils

Welcome to the world of New Zealand‘s Fossils!

Fossils are amazing time capsules that tell us about past life forms and environments.

They are the remains of plants or animals that have been preserved in the Earth’s crust. Usually they are the hard parts of a creature, such as a shell or bones.

Check out current research by scientists at GNS Science studying fossils in the Paleontology Department

New Zealand's largest molluscan fossil, an ammonite, 1.5m in diameter which was extracted from Jurassic sedimentary rock.

New Zealand's largest molluscan fossil, an ammonite, 1.5m in diameter which was extracted from Jurassic sedimentary rock.

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