Day School: Fossils - The What, Where and Why with Jill Eyers

Ref: C2227160

What was the first life on Earth and how did life start on our ancient desolate planet? What are fossils and how to they form? What are the main types and how do you go about identifying them? If you want to know the answers to these questions, then this course will help you discover this and much more using a vast collection belonging to the tutor. Bring some of your own to test the class!

Additional information about this course

11:30 -11:40 Coffee Break 13:20 -14:00 Lunch 15:20 - 15:30 Tea / Coffee Break

Course aim

A hands-on course exploring the wonderful world of fossils and using a large selection from the tutor’s own collections.To discover what fossils are, how they form and how to interpret them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the main groups of fossils
  • Determine how a fossil has been preserved.
  • Interpret something about the lifestyle of the animal when alive.
  • Predict where fossils may be found.
  • Link fossils together to think about ancient ecology.

How will I be taught?

  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • If you have a hand lens or magnifier (x20 best) then bring them, but the tutor has some to share. Please bring a few of your own fossils for discussion if you wish.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Any basic book on fossils in general or little ID guides may be useful. The DK range are good, but there are a lot of books available.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Real fun on holiday and some interesting shopping trips to explore fossils found in building stones!

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Day School: Fossils - The What, Where and Why with Jill Eyers

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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