A panoramic glimpse into everything pre-historic taking students on an exciting geological and palaeontological adventure from the Earth’s primordial beginning.
The morning session consists of group investigations, where students explore numerous informative displays and wonderful scale models of the world in various stages of evolution, dinosaur models and genuine high-grade fossil specimens, interspersed with interactive discussions on the following sub-topics:
- The Earth’s formation – from a spinning cloud of gas to a rocky core
- Time line – from bacteria to early humans (via walking fish)
- Rocks – what are rocks and what are they made of?
- Dinosaurs – the life and times of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops and more
The afternoon session starts with an interactive group discussion on the Earth’s spectacular fossil treasures, followed by:
- Fossils – What are they and how are they made?
- Fossil hunting and the equipment used to excavate fossils
The day concludes with a hands-on examination of some exceptional fossil specimens and the opportunity for students to select and draw fossils of their choice.
Did you know…?
Graham Woollard is a well-known and respected figure in the fields of geology, fossil curation and palaeozoology. He has contributed to the collections of many leading British museums and has two important discoveries to his name:
- A fossil crocodile named “Metriorynchus”, found during a 1989 fossil hunt expedition in the Oxford Clay brick pits around Peterborough, of such exceptional quality in its preservation that it is now part of the National Collection of fossil vertebrates kept at the Natural History Museum in London
- A previously unknown fossil aphid named “Penaphis Woollardii” in his honour
This workshop requires a large ground-floor display area such as an assembly hall, with easy access and off-road parking. Many exhibits are large and require specialist handling, which entails a long set-up period.
If you would like the focus of the day to be on any specific areas within the subtopics, please just let us know.