Zealandia's Top Fossil

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Take home Zealandia’s giant monsters in your pocket. Visit our online exhibition Ancient New Zealand: Squawkzilla and the Giants and complete the activity sheets to earn a pack of collectable cards featuring the strange creatures of ancient New Zealand.

Zealandia's Top Fossil cardsThere are 31 cards to collect. Each card features a different ancient animal discovered at fossil sites near Waipara, North Canterbury and St Bathans, Central Otago, and a fun fact about the animal it depicts, as well as some key stats you can use to play the game Zealandia’s Top Fossil.

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How to play Zealandia's Top Fossil

To play, shuffle and deal all the cards face down. Each player holds their pile of cards faced up so they can read the vital statistics of the top card.

Choose a player to go first. That player chooses height or weight, then each player reveals their top card and reads out the number for that statistic. The player with the highest value adds all the revealed cards to the bottom of their pile, then chooses height or weight for the next round.

If two or more players have the same value, all the revealed cards go into the middle and the starting player chooses another category. The winner claims the cards in the middle as well.

Play continues in this manner until one player has collected all the cards; they are the winner!

13 December 2019 – 30 June 2021
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