Search results for "megafauna"

  • Megafauna extinction theories - patterns of extinction

    It is believed that megafauna initially came into existence in response to glacial conditions.

  • Megafauna Workshop 1


  • Megafauna Workshop 2


  • Megafauna Mysteries

    The Megafauna Mysteries Incursion is available on Thursdays & Fridays to schools, childcare centres and vacation care centres across Sydney.

  • Australian megafauna (Years 5-6)


  • Video conferencing - Megafauna Mysteries

    Aimed at Stage 3, this workshop uses the Museum’s collection to discover the mystery of Megafauna, large animals that once roamed Australia. 

  • Extinction of Recent Megafauna

    300,000 years and still going

  • Video Conferencing - Evolution of Australian Biota

    This video conference is linked to Stage 6 Biology Core: Evolution of Australian Biota and Stage 5 Science: Study of evolution.

  • Megafauna Workshop 3


  • Thylacoleo carnifex


  • E and ES Fossils - Stage 6 - Teacher Notes

    In these educator-led activities students use real fossils and bones to investigate the extinction of Australia's megafauna. 

  • The Pleistocene Epoch (1.6 million-10,000 years ago)

    The Pleistocene was the time of the giants, when megafauna roamed the landscape. Australia was close to its current position, but sea levels were much lower. Humans may have first arrived in Australia during this time.

  • Diprotodon optatum

    The massive Diprotodon optatum, from the Pleistocene of Australia, was the largest marsupial known and the last of the extinct, herbivorous diprotodontids. Diprotodon was the first fossil mammal named from Australia (Owen 1838) and one of the most well known of the megafauna. It was widespread across Australia when the first indigenous people arrived, co-existing with them for thousands of years before becoming extinct about 25,000 years ago.

  • Thylacoleo carnifex

    Thylacoleo carnifex, the largest carnivorous Australian mammal known, may have hunted other Pleistocene megafauna like the giant Diprotodon. Thylacoleo was one of the first fossil mammals described from Australia, discovered not long after European settlement. It may have been an ambush predator or scavenger, and had enormous slicing cheek teeth, large stabbing incisor teeth (replacements for the canine teeth of other carnivorous mammals) and a huge thumb claw that may have been used to disembowel its prey.

  • Evolution, extinction and survival - Stage 6

    Students discover animal strategies for survival and investigate the causes of extinction of Australia's megafauna.