Evolution and Adaptation of Australian Plants
Explore 165 million years of Australia's evolution through student-focused, hands-on activities involving observation of actual plant fossils and examination of plant species growing in the Botanic Garden.
- Stage 6 Biology
- 2 hours
- Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
- $13 per student. Minimum charges apply
Recall the movement of the continental plates moving over millions of years, and explore that Australia was once part of Gondwana
Examine fossil evidence of Glossopteris, flora found in Australia and other parts of Gondwana 200 million years ago
Examine fossils of the extinct Agathis jurassica and compare this to living plant material from the modern kauri pine, and the Wollemi pine
Visit areas of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and observe the modern day relatives of the type of plants found in the southern conifer forests and broadleaf rainforests
Appreciate the rise of early angiosperms and their success compared to gymnosperms
Gather and present information about flowers of native species of angiosperms, and identify features that are adaptations for wind, insect, bird and mammal pollination.
Use fossils and plant materials to record observations about extinct and extant Australian native plants
Observe the living relatives southern conifer forests of the middle to late Cretaceous period and the broad-leaved rainforests of the early Tertiary period
Learn about the discovery and classification of the Wollemi pine
Study the pollination adaptations of Australian native plants.
It was great to use plant samples and fossils that we don't have at school. Covered many dot points and consolidated information.
Teacher, Aquinas Catholic College