Chil­dren re­ally dig palaeon­tol­ogy

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN trav­elled back in time dur­ing a palaeon­tol­ogy hol­i­day ac­tiv­ity at Yanchep Na­tional Park last week.

A new fea­ture on the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife’s Nearer to Na­ture school hol­i­day pro­gram, the ‘palaeon­tol­o­gist for a day’ ac­tiv­ity taught seven to 12-year-olds about the Pleis­tocene pe­riod and ‘mega beasts’ that roamed Earth be­tween 2.59 mil­lion and 11,700 years ago.

Par­tic­i­pants fol­lowed the fos­sil trail on Jan­uary 19 and used palaeon­tol­o­gist skills to un­cover ‘bones’ and re­con­struct a giant crea­ture.

The hol­i­day pro­gram also in­cluded the ‘en­chanted en­vi­ron­ment’ cave ses­sion for four to seven-yearolds in the morn­ing, and ad­ven­ture cav­ing for eight to 14-yearolds on Jan­uary 13.

For in­for­ma­tion on fu­ture pro­grams, visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au.

Pic­tures: Bruce Hunt d464343

Chil­dren learn­ing about fos­sils first-hand.

Francesco and Edoardo Rus­sell.

Kondo and Ep­i­thany Aja.

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