Kōrero: Fossils

Fossil possum

Fossil possum

The remains of this possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) were preserved in the asphalt of a road surface near Taupō in 1992. Geologists cut out the section of road and it is now on display at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Tar is an effective preservative, and spectacular fossils have been pulled out of tar pits around the world. This example illustrates that fossils are not only relics of the distant past but are forming all the time.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Permission of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - What are fossils?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/9017/fossil-possum (accessed 18 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Hamish Campbell, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006