Exhibitors At Yorkshire Fossil Festival 2017
Department of Geology, University of Leicester
Leicester University has one of the most active palaeobiology groups in the UK, covering topics ranging from how fossils are preserved, using environmental data found in fossilised microorganisms to tell us about the history of the Earth’s climate, and using microscopic textures on tooth surfaces to determine an extinct animal’s diet.
Visitors will be able to experience how palaeontologists interpret the diets of fossilised organisms through hands-on interaction with 3D-printed representations of microscopic textures on tooth surfaces and examples of fossil teeth. Younger visitors will get the chance to hunt and collect their own fossil teeth in our sand pit!
Dinosaur Isle Museum
Encounter dinosaur bones and other fossils from the Cretaceous of the Isle of Wight. Cretaceous age rocks form much of south-east Yorkshire, with the fossils preserved reflecting cooler northern seas, whereas the fossils from the Isle of Wight tell palaeontologists about animals and plants coming from Europe at the same time. People visiting the stand can handle real dinosaur bones and find out more about the richest dinosaur locality in Europe.
From rock-pooling trips, to fossil hunts and dinosaur walks, Hidden Horizons have for all the family including regular sessions all along the coast, as well as private bookings and school trips.
The experienced Hidden Horizons leaders will show you the amazing secrets hidden on our coast, from 180 million year old fossils and Jurassic dinosaur footprints to the creatures that call it home today.
High Tide Publishing
We publish popular guide-books focusing on the landscape, geology and fossils of the Yorkshire coast and moors. Our aim is to help people to appreciate this beautiful landscape through a greater understanding of its geology and fossils.
Our books and guides are packed full of photos and drawings of fossils, landscapes and rock formations. We show you where to go to find fossils and where to see geology in action. Our books are low-priced and pocket-sized in order to get you out and about.
Come to our stand and see if you can identify some common Yorkshire fossils – and check out our books while you’re here.
Museum of Natural History, Oxford University
Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens.
Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, the Museum’s growing collections underpin a broad programme of natural environment research, teaching and public engagement.
Natural History Museum
Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes
Learn about the Earth’s interior and the different plate tectonic boundaries. By using simple models we will explain how volcanoes form in different geological settings and discuss the relationship between volcanoes and earthquakes. We will simulate volcanic eruptions with a model. There will be a range of volcanic rocks; intrusive (granite) and extrusive (basalt, pumice, obsidian and volcanic bomb!) to see and you will be able to discuss the different processes that led to the formation of these different rocks.
Understanding fossils: folklore versus science
The true origin of fossils as the remains of once living animals and plants was only established in the late 17th century. Before that time folklore prevailed; for example, ammonites were interpreted as petrified coiled snakes (‘snakestones’), and the bullet-shaped skeletons of the related belemnites as projectiles (‘thunderbolts’) that rained down to earth during storms. With particular reference to ammonites and belemnites, this activity will show how scientific methods used for understanding extinct organisms depend on making comparisons with appropriate living species, in contrast to the false analogies at the foundations of many folklore beliefs.
Sharks have been around for about 430 million years and with a selection of fossil and recent material we will be exploring all things shark related. Why do we find so many sharks teeth in the fossil record? Why do they have different shaped teeth? And why are sharks so special?
Also learn how to estimate the size of a shark just from their teeth, handle real specimens from one of the biggest sharks that ever lived which could have swallowed a human whole.
William Smith Fossil Activity
Come and see the characteristic fossils that William Smith used to define ‘strata’ and make the Britain’s first geological map in 1815.
- Match fossils to his hand drawn coloured plates
- Draw a fossil from the Clunch Clay, the Forest Marble or the Cornbrash strata
- Place your fossil on Smith’s stratigraphic chart.
Staff will also be on hand to help with identifications.
Fossil Explorer App
Uncover the ancient plant and animal fossils hidden beneath your feet.
Fossil Explorer is a field guide to the common fossils of Britain and will help you identify fossils based on where you find them. The app uses a geological map to plot the rocks present at your chosen location and provides a list of fossils known to occur in rocks of the same age.
For more information, visit www.nhm.ac.uk/fossilexplorer.
Rotunda Geology Group
The local volunteers of the Rotunda Geology Group will be supporting the Yorkshire Fossil Festival by helping you explore the Scarborough Museums Trust’s fossil handling collection. Come along and learn about local fossils and the rocks in which they are found.
We have fossils from further afield too, and also jigsaws and puzzles for you to try.
You can make an origami dinosaur to take home!
School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
The School of Earth and Environment will be showcasing some of the diverse and cutting-edge palaeo-research carried out at the University of Leeds. Visitors will be able to learn about past climates, mass extinctions, fossil food webs, and the world of micropalaeontology by engaging in a range of activities run by leading experts.
The Geological Society
The aims of the Geological Society of London are to improve knowledge and understanding of the Earth, to promote Earth science education and awareness, and to promote professional excellence and ethical standards in the work of Earth scientists, for the public good.
The Palaeontological Association
The Palaeontological Association promotes the study of palaeontology and its allied sciences through publication of original research and field guides, sponsorship of meetings and field excursions, provision of web resources, outreach and educational activities and a programme of annual awards.
Our Jurassic diorama will allow people to get hands-on with life in the seas 200 million years ago. Try to become a fossil with our ‘Fossilisation Frenzy’ game, and make your own mould fossil or miniature dinosaur footprint in salt dough to take home.
Palaeoartist James McKay will create stunning paintings of people’s imaginary prehistoric creatures or favourite fossils.
Time Bites evolved from combining two of our greatest passions – the inspiring treasures that can be found in Natural History Museums and chocolate!
We are a family run business based in Buckinghamshire. Both of us have worked in other areas before deciding to develop Time Bites. Jez’s background is in Design and Special Effects for Film, TV and Museums, and still runs his multi-award winning company Crawley Creatures Ltd, alongside Time Bites.
Following on from creating the dinosaurs for the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs series, Jez has gained a reputation for creating highly detailed pre- historic creatures and he has now applied this same attention to detail in the development of our unique chocolate range. Jayne’s background is in education and she worked as a primary school teacher for twenty five years before founding Time Bites with Jez in 2014. Again she has bought part of her previous career into Time Bites, as included on each products labelling there is some educational information about the creature the chocolate represents.
University of Hull
Geology at the University of Hull is focused on practical work in the laboratory and in the field – with specialist modules in geological maps, structures and materials as well as an emphasis on solving real-world problems.
Their three-year programme, accredited by the Geological Society of London, equips students with the specialist training they need to work in geology roles within the mining, petroleum, civil engineering, and environmental consultancy sectors and beyond.
Whitby Museum has a fantastic collection of Jurassic fossils – all collected along the Yorkshire coast. Its famous display includes giant reptiles, ammonites, bivalves, belemnites and plants as well as dinosaur footprints.
The museum is a cultural jewel with historic connections reaching back to the foundation of geology. The collection includes finds by pioneers of the subject including George Young, John Phillips and Louis Hunton.
Everyone from schoolchildren to research scientists, and from locals to first-time visitors has been entranced and inspired by Whitby Museum’s unique atmosphere. Why not pay us a visit?
York Museums Trust
The Yorkshire Museum is home to a fun, family-orientated gallery which welcomes you into a world of weird and wonderful creatures which have lived on our planet over millions of years.
See a set of real dinosaur footprints, and meet the stunning huge sea reptiles from the time of the dinosaurs, a giant ichthyosaur, and suspended above it a plesiosaur and a pliosaur.
Join us at the Yorkshire Fossil Festival to meet curators and enjoy handling objects from our vast collection. Along with activities for children, there should be something for everyone.
Yorkshire Geological Society
Founded in 1837, the Yorkshire Geological Society was the first geological society in the North of England.
The society’s objective is to promote and record the results of research in geosciences in Yorkshire, which is achieved primarily through a mixture of public lectures and field meetings, and publication within the Society’s main publication “Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society”.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Come along to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust stand to find out more about our beautiful nature reserves and the conservation work we undertake right across the Yorkshire region.
We are a local charity taking care of over 100 nature reserves, working to protect and conserve Yorkshire’s wild places and wildlife for all to enjoy.
We will be displaying information about our important marine conservation work on the East Coast as well as providing a colouring-in activity and providing leaflets and magazines for interested visitors to take away.