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During the session there will be 3 group activity stations for the students to try out. followed by a final activity.

The activities are as follows:

1. Looking at skulls and bones – we have models of a t-rex and a triceratops skull to compare the difference between herbivore/carnivore teeth and jaws which the children can touch. We also have some other animal skulls (a fox, a sloth, a monkey and a lowland paca) to discuss the teeth and eyes position of, but these are just to look at. There’s also some “old bones” (which may have come from a roast chicken!!) which the children can hold and try to compare to bones on our skeleton model that we will bring.

2. Microscopes with slides of tissue on: looking at slides that contain tissues of different parts of the digestion system (stomach, oesophagus, intestine)

3. Measuring Dinosaurs – Here the children will have a number of different dinosaur skull pictures with their total length on the back. We then give pairs a tape measure and they have to measure out the right distance to see how big their dinosaur is.

Once the children have completed their “training” we will bring around our “newly discovered dinosaur fossils”. We have 6 of these, so there will be 2 per group. The children will then have to use their knowledge from the session to decide what the animal may have eaten, what size they think it might be, how many legs it had, if it walked or flew etc. and even give it a name! There’s no right or wrong answers here – just fun to watch their imaginations go!

Contact Dr Marwan Albuhtori via marwan.albuhtori@warwick.ac.uk, or Dr Christine Lockey at c.lockey.1@warwick.ac.uk to book your session.

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