Digging Deeper – What happened to the Diprotodon?

Course Overview

Introduction

Students are introduced to current theories around what happened to the Diptrodon. They engage in a series of interactive activities that step them through these in an engaging way. A number of questions are posed for the students to consider. This post-learning activity builds on work completed at Ecolinc during involvement in ‘Digging up the Diprotodon’.

Background information

While on-site students came to understand the work of a Palaeontologist. This post-learning activity will extend their interest by focusing on a real mystery. Using engaging interactives they will be transported back in time to confront predatory and climatic issues facing the Diprotodon.

Prior knowledge

Students need a basic understanding of Megafauna and the role of a Palaeontologist in seeking evidence to inform and solve mysteries of the past.

Learning intentions

  1. Students will gain deeper knowledge of the theories behind extinction of Megafauna
  2. Students will be able to make predictions and describe the effect of environmental changes on living things
  3. Students will visualise the issues facing Megafauna and be challenged to evaluate a range of current scientific theories.

Estimated Duration: 45 minutes

Victorian Curriculum Descriptors

Science Understanding

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment

Science Understanding

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment.

Course Development Team Leader

Jo Tate    Image Artist: Peter Trusler