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The children who took part in this museum project began their
exploration of prehistoric Medway by examining the evidence for
animal life in north Kent as it was millions of years ago.
The process of fossilization means that body shapes and plant
forms can be preserved for enormous lengths of time inside lumps of
rock. Children examined some fossil sea anemones that were still
partly embedded in nodules of flint and felt the bark of a
fossilized tree. They passed around some primitive arthropods known
as trilobites which, although 200 million years old, were still
detailed enough to show distinct eyes, heads and body sections.
Coming closer to the present day, children considered Medway
during the last ice age, when Kent was a semi-frozen, tundra-like
landscape. They looked at teeth to help them think about different
animal lifestyles: the huge ridged molars of a plant-eating mammoth
and the pointed tooth of a shark.
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