27 Oct 2008

Fantastic new Fossil Collection launched to accompany Fossil Detectives this autumn!

Fossil Detectives Fossil Kit

Fossil Detectives Fossil Kit

Open University Worldwide has produced a special fossil collection to accompany Fossil Detectives - the popular Open University series on BBC TWO.

The 12 fossils are all authentic replicas of many of the types of fossils located around the UK and Ireland and similar to ones that will be uncovered on the programme.

Dr Hermione Cockburn, presenter of Fossil Detectives and lecturer with The Open University said: "Fossils are not just beautiful and fascinating objects – they reveal secrets about the past and are vital to our understanding of the history of our planet and the evolution of life on Earth."

The fossil collection is a great introduction for anyone interested in fossil hunting or collecting and a fantastic teaching aid for any school or library that wants to cover the subject. The collection offers a range of cross curricula links for Key Stages 1 to 4.

The fossil replicas offer the opportunity to study complete, museum-quality samples rather than small fragments. The use of replicas also helps to reduce pressure on sites throughout the world, which are in danger from over-collecting by fossil hunters.

Popular fossils within the collection include an ammonite, a trilobite, a dinosaur tooth, the snout of an Ichthyosaur and a reptile footprint. A hand lens and factsheet enable collectors to examine the fossils in detail and explore the evidence of the evolution of life in ancient environments.

Editor’s Notes

The Fossil Collection is produced by Open University Worldwide. It retails at £29.95 excluding VAT and is also available through www.ouw.co.uk

OU Worldwide (OUW) is the international and commercial division of The Open University (OU) with a remit to deliver the innovative teaching methodology and learning resources of the OU to a wider UK and international market, often in partnership with other higher education institutes.

Fossil Detectives is a fully-funded Open University production for the BBC.

The series began broadcasting on BBC FOUR in August 2008. It is now showing on BBC TWO for five weeks.

Series Producer for the BBC is Kerensa Jennings. Executive Editor for the BBC is Fiona Pitcher. Executive Producer for The Open University is Catherine McCarthy. The Open University Academic Consultant is Dr Peter Sheldon.

The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for more than 30 years, providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning.

A book on the series Fossil Detectives: Discovering Prehistoric Britain by Hermione Cockburn and Douglas Palmer was published by BBC Books in September. Contact BBC Worldwide for further details.


Related Courses and programmes from The Open University:-

- S193 Fossils and the history of life
- S180 Life in the oceans: exploring our blue planet
- SA188 Archaeology: the science of investigation
- S186 Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis

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