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Wollemi Pine

The Wollemi Pine dates back to the time of the dinosaurs. With an evolutionary line thought to be extinct, these ‘living fossils’ or ‘dinosaur trees’ are being propagated to ensure the long-term survival of the species.

Explore ways in which scientists use scientific knowledge acquired through field and laboratory research to protect this living dinosaur of the plant world. Learn the story of its sighting, the physical conditions of its natural environment and strategies for its protection.

Stage 2 Science and Technology

Living World

  • Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations - ST2-1WS-S
  • Compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things - ST2-4LW-S

Inquiry questions

  • How do Wollemi Pines depend on each other and the environment to survive?
  • How is the life cycle of the Wollemi Pine similar and different to other living things?
 

Stage 3 Science and Technology 

Living world

  • Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions - ST3-1WS-S
  • Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things - ST3-4LW-S

Inquiry questions

  • How do physical conditions affect growth and survival of the Wollemi Pine?
  • How is scientific knowledge used to solve problems and inform community decisions in ensuring ongoing survival of the Wollemi Pine?