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Dinosaurs Spring Showcase Events – Saturday 19 March 2022

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Date(s) - Saturday, 19 March 2022
10:00 - 17:00


Bristol Alumni Network Spring Showcase 2022The University of Bristol Alumni Network has a wonderful day of online dinosaur-themed events planned as part of The Spring Showcase 2022.

This year’s fascinating topics include how artists bring dinosaurs back to life on screen, you can hear stories of cannibalism at a mysterious cave site in South Gloucestershire, or learn how to be a time detective in dating ancient corals, tree rings and fossilised poo!

All events are online and FREE to join so sign up to attend by following the links below.

When you complete the registration forms simply add Not applicable or N/A in the university-related fields if these do not apply.

Event Time Description Link
Digging for dinosaurs 10:00 am -10:50 am Calling all younger dinosaur enthusiasts! You are invited to a series of short sessions in which you will hear from dinosaur experts about the latest scientific discoveries, see examples of real fossils from the UK and get advice on how you might be able to discover them yourself near to home. Register
Bringing dinosaurs back to life 11:00 am – 12:30 pm How do science and art work together to show us what dinosaurs looked like and how they moved? In this series of presentations, world-leading practitioners will take you through this process step-by-step. Professor Michael Benton of the University of Bristol led a team that identified the colour of dinosaurs for the first time in 2010, and he will introduce the science behind dinosaur biology, and how we have ‘seen’ dinosaurs over the years. Then, world-beating paleoartist Bob Nicholls (Paleocreations) will demonstrate how he makes highly detailed reconstructions of dinosaurs using all the scientific information. Tim Haines, BAFTA-award-winning maker of the 1999 BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs, ITV’s hit series Primeval and many more, will talk about how filmmakers have made dinosaurs move, and especially how the CGI revolution has brought these creatures to life on our screens. Each talk will be approx. 20 minutes, followed by questions, so there is plenty of chance to engage. Register
Time detectives  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Bristol has a world-class facility for radiocarbon dating, which is being used by scientists from earth sciences, archaeology, chemistry and more.   Drop in to hear about the latest work on corals from the deep sea, samples of today’s atmosphere, tree-ring collections, and coprolites or fossil poo.    Radiocarbon dating focuses on when things happened but also uncovers the why and how.  Register
Fishing for Answers: new developments at Fishmonger’s Swallet, Alveston, Gloucestershire 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Recent work on the Iron Age human remains and the bones of domestic dogs and other animals recovered during a Time Team dig 20 years ago has used a variety of scientific techniques including radiocarbon dating to shed new light on this nationally important cave site, and the relationship between humans and dogs in later prehistory. As part of last year’s Spring Showcase, a short film followed by a live Q&A focussed on the evidence of cannibalism and now David Hardwick, Adelle Bricking and Jess Peto will return to talk about the latest exciting developments at this fascinating site. They will be joined for a live Q&A by Professor Mark Horton who directed the Time Team dig.  Register


Author: Helen Connolly

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