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New Zealand Fossils

Reconstruction of fossil vertebrates is a painstaking, but ultimately satisfying, activity. Here the Late Oligocene age (c. 25 million years) fossil penguin Platydyptes, extracted from limestone at Earthquakes, near Duntroon in northern Otago, is being pieced together. (©Ewan Fordyce)

Reconstruction of fossil vertebrates is a painstaking, but ultimately satisfying, activity. Here the Late Oligocene age (c. 25 million years) fossil penguin Platydyptes, extracted from limestone at Earthquakes, near Duntroon in northern Otago, is being pieced together. (©Ewan Fordyce)

New Zealand has a fascinating history of fossils. They include body fossils (skeletal remains) and trace fossils (tracks and trails), may be single-celled or multi-celled, and plant or animal.

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See our photo gallery for some examples.