We were really pleased to be able to set up a Skype lesson with palaeontologist technician Ian Morrison who is based in Ontario, Canada. It was a great follow up to Dinosaur Day and it was very exciting for the children to palaeontology in action.
Ian Morrison has discovered many amazing dinosaur fossils and a dinosaur, the Gryphoceratops Morrisoni, is even named after him after he figured out how fossil fragments from the dinosaur's jaw fitted together.
Ian Skyped the class from his laboratory at the Royal Ontario Museum and showed them several fossils including a Parasaurolophus and a Tricertatops skull.
The children were also given a demonstration of how fossils are cleaned and the equipment Ian uses. The children were excited and engaged during the whole session and asked Ian excellent questions. Ian inspired the children, many of them declaring that they now want to become palaeontologists!
- Michelle Gill, Year 3 Class Teacher