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NZ Fossils: Dead Precious!

Fossils are time capsules that can tell us a lot about New Zealand’s natural history, evolution, past environments, geography and future resources.

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NZ Fossils: Dead Precious! was a major exhibition and museum tour of New Zealand fossils and resources that toured nine venues around New Zealand from October 2007 to April 2010. The exhibition showcased 50 specimens from around New Zealand that represented the New Zealand fossil record and the many uses of fossils.

The exhibition, sponsored by GNS Science and Shell NZ Ltd., and project-managed by Jude Benson, was on display for a total of 114 weeks and attracted over 524,000 visitors.

Other partners that helped make this exhibition such a success included the University of Otago, International Year of Planet Earth, and Learning Media & Royal Society of NZ.

The following objects were kindly loaned from the collection of University of Otago and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for the duration of the tour:

  • cast of skull and jaws of the shark-toothed dolphin, and Giant shark teeth block, Carcharodon angustidens (University of Otago)
  • moa bone (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa)