In this three-part online course, Hidden Horizons’ palaeontologist Dr Liam Herringshaw will introduce you to the diversity of life on Earth, as shown by its fossils. Liam will help you to identify the common types of fossils, how they form, and where to find them, and we will post you a set of our ‘Diversity of Life’ replica fossils to use during the online classes.
The course is run in three parts. The first introduces fossils and how they form, and the major groups of life on Earth. The next class focuses on fossils of invertebrates (creatures without backbones), which make up most of the fossil record. The final class examines vertebrate fossils, including the giant reptiles for which Yorkshire’s Dinosaur Coast is famed.
Sent out to you as part of the course, our ‘Diversity of Life’ replica set (worth £20) provides museum-quality representative examples of different types of fossils featured in the classes, produced by hand by our sister company GeoEd, this set is normally worth £20. No previous experience of studying fossils is required, just enthusiasm!
Dr Liam Herringshaw is a palaeontologist who joined Hidden Horizons after 15 years teaching at universities in England, Scotland and Canada. His research specialism is the evolution of life in the sea, particularly how burrowing sea creatures have changed over time. He is also Director of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival.
Timetable: Classes start at 7pm (1900 GMT) on Thursday evenings: January 7th, 14th and 21st 2021. Each class lasts 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.
Cost: £35 per person (£25 without replica fossil set)
Places on the course are strictly limited to 20.