Story: King Country region

Fossil hunting, Kiritehere beach

The King Country is a fossil hunter's dream location. The west coast and nearby inland areas are rich in fossils because the land is formed from sedimentary rocks. Even the most casual observer cannot fail to notice the marine fossils which fill the rocks of Kiritehere beach,  just south of Marokopa. Watch this video of James Crampton as he exposes fossils – more than 200 million years old – of monotis (a Triassic-period shellfish) within a boulder he found on the beach.  

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Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country region - Plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/34836/fossil-hunting-kiritehere-beach (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 30 Mar 2015