Digging Deeper – What happened to the Diprotodon?

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

Students are introduced to current theories around what happened to the Diptrodon. They engage in a series of interactive learning activities.  A number of related scientific questions are posed for students to consider.

Background information:

Students with a basic understanding of the role of a Palaeontologist  will extend their knowledge by focusing on what is a real scientific mystery. Using engaging interactives students will be transported back in time to confront the predatory and climatic issues that faced the Diprotodon.

Year Level: 3 – 4

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.

Course Connections:

Does this course link to other Ecolinc programs?

This course is an ideal extension after attending the following onsite program:

or this course can stand alone as a learning experience.

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:

Science – Biological Sciences

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment. (VCSSU075)

Course Creator: Jo Tate

(Image Artist: Peter Trusler)