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Learn what fossils are and where to see them!

Learn what fossils are and where to see them!

What is Ireland’s Fossil Heritage?

Ireland’s Fossil Heritage is a science engagement project funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the European Research Council (ERC). We are based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork (UCC). The project aims to increase awareness of, and interest in, Irish fossils by offering a diverse range of free resources to the public, including school workshops, a travelling exhibit, science and art collaborations and lots of interactive web content for all ages and backgrounds.

Why should we care about Irish fossils?

Ireland’s natural landscape is made up of diverse and unique rocks which contain clues about the ancient Earth. We can connect to this mysterious past by discovering and exploring the rocks beneath our feet. Hidden within some of these rocks are the remains of plants and animals that lived in Ireland millions of years ago. These fossils can teach us about exciting prehistoric worlds. 

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Dr Jess Franklin

Dr Jess Franklin

Senior Engagement Officer

Professor Maria McNamara

Professor Maria McNamara

Professor of Palaeontology

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