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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

8th June - 12th June


How Do We Know About Dinosaurs?


Task 1: Match the Dinosaur to the Fossil

Have a look at the pictures of the dinosaurs below. How do we know what dinosaurs used to look like? Remember - cameras weren't around millions of years ago! 

The answer is... from fossils!


But what is a fossil? 


A fossil is the bones from a creature - like a dinosaur - that have been buried for such a long time that they have turned into rock! Look at the picture below of an amazing fossilised dinosaur! 

Scientists that study fossils can understand more about what dinosaurs would have looked like from the size, shape and arrangement of their bones. Have a go at matching up the dinosaur with the correct fossil. 

Task 2: Find Out About Mary Anning

One of the most famous fossil hunters in the world was called Mary Anning. She found many ancient fossils from the time of the dinosaurs!


Have a look at the PowerPoint below to learn more about her. 

Mary Anning did not receive much credit for her work during her lifetime. Have a go at designing an award that you would give to her for her achievements. Include some fantastic writing to explain why the award is important and think carefully about what you want to put on the medal for her!

Task 3: Create Fossil Art

Mary Anning made very careful drawings of the fossils she found. Lots of artists around the world use the fascinating shapes of fossils as inspiration for their artwork. Have a go at creating your own fossil art!


There are some pictures below to inspire you, as well as links to ideas and tutorials.