School 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 through improvisation, play and games, whilst learning about biology, the geological timescale and present day human anatomy.

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

A recent write up has been published in The Palaeontological Association Newsletter. (page 91)

Watch a clip from The Evolution Workshop as we explore the first mammal & how hearing radically changed.

Workshop bookings are now being taken for 2019 – 2020.

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