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Young Explorers February - Whales and Dolphins
Talk: Animal life’s big bang over half-a-billion years ago
Science at the Fringe
Fossil Fest

Young Explorers February - whales and dolphins

Young explorers February

When: Monday 4 - Friday 8 February & Monday 11 - Friday 15 February, 10:15 am & 11:15 am
Where: meet in the Main Foyer

Young Explorers, our program for 3-to-5-year-olds, is back for 2019! Dive into the ocean to explore the extraordinary world of whales and dolphins. This is a free program, but bookings are essential.


A talk with Prof. John Paterson: Animal life’s big bang over half-a-billion years ago

Prof John Paterson

When: 11:30am, Friday 8th March
Where: The Armoury, behind the South Australian Museum
Cost: Free, bookings recommended

The sudden appearance of numerous diverse marine organisms more than 500 million years ago, known as the Cambrian Explosion, is widely seen as the most significant biological event after the origin of life. The fossil record shows that near the start of the Cambrian Period (541 mya), a huge burst of evolution commenced, generating most of the modern animal groups we see today.

Professor John Paterson’s lecture will not only explain the significance of this exciting new study, but will also include stories about his research adventures to study exceptionally-preserved fossils from around the globe in his quest to understand animal life’s Big Bang.

For booking and program enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email

Lift access to the Armoury is available, but unfortunately the Armoury lift cannot accommodate large mobility scooters. If you have any questions, please call ahead or talk to our staff on the day.


Science at the Fringe

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15 February - 17 March 2019

Science at the Fringe  is for anyone and everyone who likes to discover amazing things about the world we live in while having fun! Our science-y compilation of eight shows for children and thirty-three shows for adults or families includes many curious, humorous, innovative and ingenious artistic works.

To find out more download the guide.

Presented by Inspiring South Australia.


Fossil Fest

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Location: South Australian Museum front lawns
When: 13-15 April 2019

Australia’s largest fossil event returns in 2019! Immerse yourself in the amazing world of fossils as our palaeontologists bring their research to the fore in an interactive, inspiring and enjoyable program for the whole family. Learn about South Australia’s rich fossil heritage, try your hand at finding creatures from millions of years ago in giant dig pits, and hear from scientists about how life on Earth began.

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