Fossil kit now available
Fossil Detectives, The Open University’s eight-part series which was shown on BBC FOUR and BBC TWO this year is now being released on DVD by Open University Worldwide.
The series follows Dr Hermione Cockburn and her team of experts as they travel across Britain uncovering the best palaeo-treasures and mysteries. They piece together the clues in the rocks and the landscape to reveal the stories buried deep inside, and show just why we have such a rich palaeontological legacy.
Sir David Attenborough, musician and writer Alex James and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg all reveal their passion for fossils in the series and Sir David shows Hermione part of his own personal collection built up from his travels over the years.
Hermione also explores fantastic private and public collections, and discovers the secrets of the past. Each region reveals tantalising evidence of the animals, plants and landscapes long vanished from Britain.
The Fossil Detectives series DVD is available to order online from Open University Worldwide for £28.74 (including VAT) via the website at www.ouw.co.uk. It is also available from other retailers.
Dr Hermione Cockburn 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, offering 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. The collection is priced at £35.19 (including VAT) and is available for order via the Open University Worldwide website at www.ouw.co.uk.