Life on Earth

Take a journey back in time to the beginning of the Earth, 4.6 Billion Years ago. We will explore the changes to the earth over time and the evolution of life. How did the 5 Mass extinction events shape the variety of Life on Earth we have today?

Join Australian Environmental Education to explore Australian fossil sites and what they tell us about the past.

Australia has a long fossil history with some dating back over 3 billion years ago. There are many ancient animals that are found nowhere else in the world. Explore key fossil site across Australia to discover more about these amazing animals. 

Life on Earth program content:

In this program students will:

  • Have a presentation on fossils and how they are made
  • Look at the geological time scale
  • Explore fossil sites across Australia
  • Look at mass extinction

Fossils sites in Australia covered in the program

Shark BayWA             Stromatolites              3 billion years ago
Ediacaran                      SA                    Early life570 million years ago
Canowindra           NSWArmour plated fish360 million years ago
Strzeleki RangesVictoriaAustralian Dinosaurs115 million years ago
WintonQldAustralian Dinosaurs110 million years ago
Lightening RidgeNSWEarly Mammals110 million years ago
Dinosaur CoveVictoriaAustralian Dinosaurs106 million years ago
Riversleigh    QldMegafauna18 million years ago
Naracoorte Caves SAMegafauna300,000 years ago

A mass extinction is classified as a sharp rise in the rate of extinction. Mass extinction event are caused by catastrophic events resulting in rapid environmental change. Five mass extinctions have been identified through the fossil record.

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