Story: Fossils

Triassic fossils (1st of 3)

Triassic fossils

Around 248–205 million years ago, during the Triassic, New Zealand was largely a marine environment and the sea was full of invertebrates and reptiles. Clockwise from top left: the gastropod Pleurotomaria hectori (200 million years ago [Ma]); ammonoid Rhacophyllites debilis (215 Ma); a bivalve mollusc, Monotis richmondiana (210 Ma); a lampshell or brachiopod, Alipunctifera kaihikuana (235 Ma); rubber casts of ichthyosaur teeth from specimens held in Otago Museum (215 Ma); and a lampshell or brachiopod, Clavigera tumida (200 Ma).

These fossils are part of the GNS Science National Paleontological Collection.

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How to cite this page:

Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - Age of the dinosaurs – Mesozoic', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Hamish Campbell, published 12 Jun 2006