VIDEO: Dinosaur delight for pupils at Sheffield exhibition

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PUPILS travelled millions of years into the prehistoric past to experience a Jurassic Park, Sheffield style.

Over 900 youngsters from across the county were captivated by fantastic fossils and unbelievable bones during the science lesson of a lifetime.

Sheffield University hosted a Dinosaur science lesson for Sheffield Schools at The Octagon Centre...University Biology student Joe Gallagher with Evie Brindley and Alex Douglass.

Sheffield University hosted a Dinosaur science lesson for Sheffield Schools at The Octagon Centre...University Biology student Joe Gallagher with Evie Brindley and Alex Douglass.

Sheffield University hosted the Dinosaurs are Dynamite event, giving budding palaeontologists the chance to embark on an intrepid journey of discovery.

They marvelled at gigantic bones which towered above their heads, footprints belonging to some of the biggest creatures to have ever walked the earth, and a model of a head of the famously ferocious T-Rex.

The day was hosted by dinosaur expert Professor Charles Wellman, a senior lecturer at the university.

“Children are always impressed by the sheer size of dinosaurs and the fact that they lived on our planet so long ago and are now extinct,” he said.

“But this initial attraction leads to a deeper interest in evolution of life.

“My aim was to inform the children ‘how we know what we know about dinosaurs’. Youngsters are fed a constant diet of dinosaurs through the media depicted as beautiful life-like animations – but what I wanted to stress is that dinosaurs were real and what we know about them is through detailed and exciting scientific analysis of the fossil remains they left behind.”

ProfWellman wowed his enthralled audience with some fascinating dinosaur facts in an interactive lecture before the youngsters took part in a number of innovative activities and demonstrations.

The children also came face to face with some of the dinosaurs’ living relatives when they met friendly reptiles and birds, while musicians blasted some pitch perfect notes on their tubas to give the pupils some idea of what the dinosaurs sounded like.

Pupils from Woodseats Primary were among those enjoying the day.

Nine-year-old Brooke Darby said: “I thought the event was absolutely brilliant – it was a lot different to our science lessons at school.

“I learnt that the word dinosaur is a Greek word which means terrible lizard. I can not believe how big the dinosaurs were.”

And Martha Selman, also nine, said: “Dinosaurs were incredible creatures.

“It is really hard to believe that they used to walk around on earth. I think I would be pretty frightened if I met one walking down the street.”

Prof Wellman said: “I hope children understand that dinosaurs are real and not just images in a book or on TV.”

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