The last 65 million years is referred to as the Cenozoic. Clockwise from top left: a scallop from Kauarapoa valley, Whanganui (3 million years ago [Ma]); a crab with its claw clearly visible; a Spinomelon spinosa shell from the head of Lake Waitaki (26 Ma); a mollusc, Murex octogonus, from Castlecliff, near Whanganui; a scaphopod, Dentalium otamaringaense, from Waiau stream (8 Ma); and a fossil leaf from Wharariki Beach Road, Golden Bay.
These fossils are part of the GNS Science National Paleontological Collection.
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Photograph by Alastair McLean
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