Point of Interest – Fossils

FossilsTe Mata Park is full of marine fossils and scallops, oysters and brachiopods can been seen throughout the whole area. Brachiopods, which were sometimes called Chinese finger nails, are an important index fossil – their presence giving a clue as to the age of the rocks in which they are found. Using the brachiopods found on Te Mata Peak, archaeologists date the marine sediment lifted up to form the Peak at between 2 and 3 million years old.