Top Fossil Colouring Competition

This colouring competition has ended.

Print off images of ancient New Zealand's lost creatures, colour them in and enter our competition. 

Squawkzilla Full2Palaeontologists use fossils to work out what the skeletons and muscles of these ancient animals looked like. However they can't usually tell what their skin or feathers were like. Illustrations of extinct animals or restorations are known as paleo art and artists have to use their imaginations when colouring them.

Were these animals camouflaged to hide? Were they bright to attract mates? Show us what you imagine. You could win a prize!

There are 10 animals to choose from. You can enter as many drawings as you like. Two prizes will be awarded, one in each of the following categories: 10 years and under, and 11 to 15 years. Email your entries to or drop them in the box in the Museum foyer. Emailed files should be JPEGs and bigger than 1MB but smaller than 10MB. Please include your contact details (email address and telephone number).

Click here to get the images

This colouring competition has ended.

29 May – 16 August 2020
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