BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition


The palaeo group hosted the exhibit ‘Walk like a Dinosaur’ from the 10th-12th January at the RDS, including real fossils of dinosaur footprints, fossil footprint experiments, a fossil dinosaur video game, dinosaur movement virtual reality and more. The exhibit was a huge success. Many thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers, in particular Chris Rogers, Luke McDonald, Bianca Govi and Adrian O’Driscoll.


Some of the palaeontology research group went to the BT Young Scientist competition during the weekend, where we displayed our own exhibit “Walk Like A Dinosaur”. This project was created by palaeontologists in UCC’s School of BEES, UCC’s School of Engineering and UCC’s Department of Computer Science. A sensor was attached to the legs of visitors to our stand, which was used to estimate their speed whilst walking / running, and what species of dinosaur this was equivalent to! Each member of the public that participated received a personalized talk about their species. We also brought along some trilobite fossils, an ammonite fossil, a fossilized Megalodon tooth and a cast of Microraptor!

Maria McNamara Research Group

Experimental and analytical taphonomy

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork (UCC), Butler Building, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30, Ireland