Evolution Workshops

The Evolution Workshop

– Teaching science through movement

The Evolution Workshop was developed in November 2018, using masks specially created from fossil data of species along the evolutionary pathway from fish to man.

The species masks created were:

  • Eusthenopteron (385 million years ago – when life was only in the oceans, this lung fish with the same bone pattern as animals on land)
  • Tiktaalik (375 million years ago – the first fish to move on land)
  • Seymouria (a lizard-like tetrapod)
  • Thrinaxodon (251 million years, a small-dog like animal in between tetrapods & mammals)
  • Morganucodon (205 million years ago – the first mammal)
  • Plesiadapis (58 million years ago – migration up into the trees, a tree-shrew like animal)
  • Proconsul (23 million years ago – a quadrupedal primate with no tail living in the trees)
  • Australopithecus Afarensis, “Lucy” (a bipedal hominid from 3 million years ago)

These species map some of the key transitions in movement and anatomy in the evolution of man.

Through the use of mask, we study these layers of movement in our body and explore their connection to our present day human anatomy.

A workshop tour around primary and secondary schools was funded by The Palaeontological Association which ran from  November 2018 РMay 2019, with workshops developed for Key Stage 2, 3 & 4.

Workshop bookings are now being taken for 2019 – 2020. For more information email: info@makingfacestheatre.co.uk

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