April 10th 2019
DAWNDINOS NIGHT AT THE VET COLLEGE,
CELEBRATES NATIONAL BIOMECHANICS DAY!
A great evening was had by all last Wednesday when the DAWNDINOS team hosted the ‘Night at the Vet College’ at RVC’s Camden Campus to celebrate National Biomechanics Day, held worldwide on 10th April.
Over 400 visitors enjoyed an evening of talks, demos, interactive stands and many other activities about Triassic-Jurassic palaeobiology. They learned about the dawn of the dinosaurs and found out how research scientists study life on earth over two hundred million years ago!
Prof John Hutchinson introduced the evening by giving an overview of the DAWNDINOS project in his opening talk, ‘Were dinosaurs special? Old questions meet new tools.’ Further talks followed later from Dr Alex Dunhill, Lecturer in Palaeobiology at the University of Leeds on the mass extinctions and Professor Paul Barrett from the Natural History Museum on the humble origins that led to the dinosaur explosion.
…. A few more photos from the evening!
RVC summer school students had fun at DAWNDINOS outreach event
On 29th August (Year 11) students on the RVC Summer School programme visited the Structure and Motion Lab and met the DAWNDINOS team to learn about our research.
Following a short talk by Prof Hutchinson students enjoyed interactive practical sessions in the Structure and Motion Lab.
We received great feedback from the students on how much they enjoyed the session.
To arrange a visit to the RVC’s Structure & Motion Lab to meet the DAWNDINOS team please contact Louise Kermode at firstname.lastname@example.org
50 Students from the Sutton Trust meet the DAWNDINOS research team.
On 25th July the DAWNDINOS team welcomed Year 12 students from the Sutton Trust for an afternoon of interactive learning and lots of fun!
He explained how the DAWNDINOS teams’ technical and scientific expertise is being used to pioneer new and exciting technologies using cutting edge techniques including XROMM and high resolution cameras for the measurement and analysis of movement in animals.
Students then participated in three activity sessions held at the Structure and Motion Lab.
At Prof Hutchinson’s session students were able to walk/run on a pressure pad to show how their behaviours involve forces and motions that we can measure precisely and can be used in computer simulations.
At Dr Peter Bishop’s session students learnt how muscles work and control movement.
Students demonstrated how muscles work as levers to understand how the leverage of a muscle versus its load influences how effective at performing work it can be. They tried lifting a heavy bucket of water close to chest, and then out at arm’s length. It was a lot more difficult to do it at arm’s length because of a lower leverage.
At Dr Andrew Cuff’s stand students were fascinated to learn the science of 3D digital modelling on extant species and how the anatomical data from the living relatives (“living archosaurs”) of Triassic crocodiles and dinosaurs will help us estimate muscle function in these extinct animals.
Students watched demos on computers and held 3D printed/real bones (living + fossil archosaur limbs).
An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and feedback from students was very positive indeed. They said that the research team were all very friendly and explained the concepts really well. Typical comments following the session were that they did not know that “birds are the living relatives of dinosaurs” and they were amazed at the “different digital techniques that are now used to study locomotion.”
Thanks to everyone involved!
We look forward to welcoming the RVC Summer School on 29th August. If other schools would like to arrange a visit to meet the DAWNDINOS team please contact Louise Kermode at email@example.com
‘I Know Dino Podcast’ – Professor John Hutchinson interview
I Know Dinosaurs ‘The Big Dinosaur Podcast’ released its 185th episode this week which features an interview with Professor John Hutchinson talking about the DAWNDINOS project and other dino -related things, including his work on the T. rex Autopsy . It’s an interesting, informative and fun listen for scientists and dinosaur enthusiasts! To hear the interview: https://iknowdino.com/procompsognathus-episode-185/