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22 04, 2016

The Gradual Decline of the Dinosaurs – Earth Day Thoughts

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The Gradual Decline of the Dinosaurs – Earth Day Thoughts

Today, the 46th commemoration of Earth Day, some 171 nations signed and ratified the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.  In essence, the Agreement sets out that the global increase in temperature will be limited to no more than around two degrees Celsius as countries work together to cut greenhouse gas emissions, widely believed to be responsible for a rapidly warming Earth. Some fifteen nations had already signed this international accord prior to today, mainly small island states in the Pacific, but with the addition of the 171 signatories, this is a record number for a new treaty.

Decline of the Dinosaurs

Commenting on the importance of this Agreement, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated:

“Paris will shape the lives of all future generations in a profound way – it is their future that is at stake.”

The Two Degree Limit

The Paris Agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.  Although, the implementation of the agreement will not be easy and several countries, including a number from Africa and central Asia have not signed, if the Earth continues to warm, then our own species could well be threatened.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that as the planet experienced record highs in average annual temperatures:

“We are in a race against time.  I urge all countries to join the agreement at the national level.  Today we are signing a new covenant for the future.”

Yesterday, Everything Dinosaur reported on some new research conducted by scientists at Reading and Bristol Universities that looked at the extinction of the dinosaurs.  A statistical study (Bayesian analysis), revealed that the Dinosauria had been in gradual decline for some fifty million years before finally becoming extinct. To read an article on this research: Fifty Million Year Decline of the Dinosauria.

Extinction of the Dinosaurs Will the Human Race Go the Same Way Due to Global Climate Change?

An Oivraptor fossil with nest.

An Oviraptor dinosaur sitting on her nest.  The extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Everything Dinosaur Comments

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“There is already quite a strong body of evidence indicating that our planet is experiencing a mass extinction event.  Many key species are endangered or threatened and as we are top of the food chain it is in all our interests to try to limit greenhouse gas emissions so that a global climate catastrophe can be avoided.”

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One of the authors of the research into the decline of the dinosaurs, that we reported upon yesterday, Dr Sakamoto, pointed out that the research into the demise of the Dinosauria might have a significance with regards to what we are experiencing today.

He stated:

“Our study strongly indicates that if a group of animals is experiencing a fast pace of extinction more so than they can replace, then they are prone to annihilation once a major catastrophe occurs.  This has huge implications for our current and future biodiversity, given the unprecedented speed at which species are going extinct owing to the ongoing human-caused climate change.”

If the UN General-Secretary calls this a “race against time”, then this is one race that the human race cannot afford to lose.

22 04, 2016

Dinosaurs and Rare Fossils at Sandbrook Community Primary School

By |2024-05-05T21:55:23+01:00April 22nd, 2016|Early Years Foundation Reception, General Teaching|Comments Off on Dinosaurs and Rare Fossils at Sandbrook Community Primary School

Earth Day, Dinosaurs, Awards and Ofsted

What a busy day for teachers, staff and children at Sandbrook Community Primary School.  The two Reception classes have started to learn all about animals and life in the past with a topic dedicated to all things dinosaur.  In addition, there was a special assembly at the busy Rochdale school where some of the hard working and enthusiastic pupils received certificates for the dinosaur footprints they had made.  On top of all this,  the Children’s Nursery is having an Ofsted inspection and it is Earth Day!  April 22nd is a very important date, events are held all over the world to demonstrate support for our planet and the environment.

There were some wonderful examples of recycling to see in the school and the well maintained garden and play areas certainly indicated that the children and staff at this “Eco-School” appreciate the environment.  Under the supervision of Mrs Beazley some of the Reception children had a go at making dinosaur footprints and of course, given the fact that it’s Earth Day, the dinosaur tracks had to be green.

Dinosaur Footprints on Display

Reception Class Make Dinosaur Footprints

Dinosaur footprints made by Reception class children.

Dinosaur footprints made by Reception class children. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur/Sandbrook Community Primary

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Dinosaur Workshop for Reception Classes

The children learned all about a giant armoured dinosaur, how many tummies Tyrannosaurus rex had, what fossils feel like and how prehistoric ammonites caught their dinners.  There was lots of fossil handling and fun activities in the two workshops and the teaching assistants were on hand to provide plenty of support and to take plenty of pictures (useful in recall and recounting activities later on).  

Walking with Dinosaurs – Sandbrook Community Primary School

Reserved parking for Everything Dinosaur.

Reserved parking for Everything Dinosaur. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur/Sandbrook Community Primary

Using a foam cut which had been dipped in paint, the children were able to walk along a strip of paper and produce some super dinosaur footprints.  Our fossil expert was allowed to pop into the spacious and well-appointed  Reception classroom whilst the children were having lunch and take some pictures of their handiwork, (should that be footwork)?

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We set a few challenges to the children including producing a dinosaur drawing.  Could they label their dinosaur drawing, including pointing out where the skull was?  During our workshops we explained what skulls were and we also talked about dinosaur brains!

The teaching team and the children had a fantastic time exploring dinosaurs and after the footprints activity, if the colour of Mrs Beazley’s trousers are anything to go by, on today, Earth Day, this is one school that has definitely gone green.

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