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28 09, 2016

Answering Questions About Dinosaurs

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Answering Questions About Dinosaurs

Another busy day yesterday for the teaching team at Everything Dinosaur.  One of our dinosaur and fossil experts had been invited into Astbury St Mary’s Church of England Primary to work with the Reception class who had just started studying dinosaurs, the children’s first ever term topic.  The impressive dinosaur museum already had a number of very colourful exhibits and we were able to suggest a dinosaur sorting game helping the children work out which dinosaurs were plant-eaters and which were meat-eaters.  Our suggestion was certainly well received by the class teacher, she incorporated our idea into her teaching activities for the afternoon.  We even got the chance to see the outcome of this activity as a short post about the children’s sorting fun was posted on the school blog.

Most of the Dinosaurs Had Plants in their Diet

Dinosaur plant-eater to meat-eater ratio.

Only about a third of all known dinosaurs were meat-eaters.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Questions About Dinosaurs

Prior to our visit the Reception class children were challenged to come up with some questions about dinosaurs that they wanted to learn the answers to.  The questions that the children came up with were then posted up onto one of the display walls in the well-appointed and spacious class room.

Children Compose Questions about Dinosaurs

Dinosaur questions by FS2.

Lots of questions about dinosaurs prepared by the Reception class.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Lots of questions and to be perfectly honest, most of them we had encountered before, but one question really floored us, Jude wanted to know did dinosaurs have phones?  What a wonderful, imaginative question.  The Reception children certainly had a great time exploring dinosaurs.

28 09, 2016

Countdown to TetZooCon 2016

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Countdown to TetZooCon 2016

The countdown has started, Tetrapods from all walks of life will be getting ready for the third annual TetZooCon gathering this Saturday (1st October).  The great and the good in the TetZoo-verse will be making their way to the London Wetland Centre (Barnes, London, SW13) to enjoy a series of presentations from illustrious speakers covering topics as wide ranging as British reptiles and amphibians, palaeoart, pterosaurs and sea monsters.  Highlights this year include John Hutchinson providing an insight into locomotion and biomechanics, specifically kneecaps, expect some jumbo sized explanations as pachyderms get placed up front and centre!  Look out also for Hannah O’Regan’s (University of Nottingham), talk on the Ursidae in the archaeological record could TetZooCon be turning into a teddy’s bear picnic?  Certainly, organisers Darren Naish, John Conway and friends have ensured that tea and coffee is included in the admission price of £50 and attendees can pick up lunch and other snacks at the London Wetland Centre in between the cornucopia of events, activities and speakers that have been assembled.

Countdown to TetZooCon 2016

TetZooCon 1st October 2016.

TetZooCon banner 2016.

Picture Credit: Darren Naish

For further information on this event and for last minute ticket information check out this link: TetZooCon 2016

Palaeoart, Plushies and Publications

TetZooCon gives fans of biology, zoology, palaeontology, cryptozoology, conservation and how animals (living and extinct) are portrayed in art, literature and fiction the opportunity to meet up once a year and to indulge their interest in all things related to the Tetrapoda and the contents of the world-famous blog Tetrapod Zoology (currently hosted by Scientific American and followed by Everything Dinosaur team members).  On the subject of blog writers followed by Everything Dinosaur, renowned flying reptile expert Mark Witton (he of Mark Witton’s blog), will be attending and conference delegates will be able to purchase signed prints of his artwork as well as copies of his new book “Recreating an Age of Reptiles”.  Over the course of the day visitors will be able to peruse and purchase a range of merchandise including spectacular illustrations and to get their hands on some of the very latest publications.  Rumour has it that the recently refurbished lecture theatre at the London Wetland Centre will see the unveiling of the new dinosaur book “Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved” by Darren Naish, only a limited number of copies of this highly anticipated new volume will be available, doors open promptly at 9am with the first presentation scheduled to start at 9.20am, best to get there early to avoid disappointment.

The TetZooCon Quiz

Just prior to the traditional end of event trip to the local hostelry and bringing down the curtain on the day-long activities there is the quiz and look out for some fantastic prehistoric animal scale replica prizes provided by Everything Dinosaur who are once again proud to be involved in such a worthwhile event.

Up for Grabs a “Winston” Rebor Replica and Other Prizes

Rebor Velociraptor "Winston"

Rebor 1:18 scale Velociraptor model

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We wish all the delegates and speakers a wonderful day!  Perhaps next year it will be a two day event, now that’s a thought!

Look Out for Everything Dinosaur at TetZooCon 2016

Everything Dinosaur at TetZooCon

All ready for the TetZooCon 2016

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

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