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5 10, 2017

Thailand’s Biggest Dinosaur Discovery Reported a Remarkable Fossil Discovery

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Fossils of Biggest Dinosaur Found to Date in Thailand Reported

Everything Dinosaur has received reports that news sources are stating that fossils of a very big dinosaur, a sauropod, have been found in Thailand.  The first dinosaur bone from Thailand was discovered back in 1976, since then, as the country’s geology has been mapped and explored, a number of exciting dinosaur fossil discoveries have been made, mostly by employees of the Department for Mineral Resources, which is part of the Ministry for Natural Resources and the Environment.

Thailand’s Biggest Dinosaur Discovery

Thailand has quite extensive Mesozoic-aged exposures from both marine and non-marine environments.  To date, team members think that the largest dinosaur known from Thailand would be Phuwiangosaurus (P. sirindhornae), which is estimated to have reached a length of about twenty metres and weighed as much as seventeen tonnes.

The First Every Dinosaur Fossil from Thailand

Partial sauropod femur (Thailand)

The distal end of a sauropod femur.

Picture credit: Department of Mineral Resources (Thailand)

The photograph above shows the first dinosaur fossil to have come to the attention of science found in Thailand.  The distal end (the part furthest away from the body) of a femur was found eroding out of a stream bed in 1976.  Since then, a number of dinosaur genera have been named and described including an iguanodont (Sirindhorna khoratensis) and two sizeable theropods (Siamotyrannus isanensis and Siamosaurus suteethorni).

A senior government official (Niwat Maneekut, deputy director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources), is reported to have said that the fossils come from the north-east of the country.  A single fossilised bone was found by a villager in the Nong Bua Raheo district of  Chaiyaphum province, around two hundred miles north-east of the capital Bangkok, last year, but more recent excavations led by palaeontologists from the Department of Mineral Resources had recovered a further twenty pieces of bone.

Information remains patchy, but the fossils are estimated to be around 100 million years old and scientists are conducting more research.

Phuwiangosaurus is Believed to be a Member of the Euhelopodidae and Therefore Similar to Euhelopus

Scale drawing - Euhelopus.

Euhelopus scale drawing. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

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5 10, 2017

Teaching Hot Spot at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

By |2023-08-16T22:05:09+01:00October 5th, 2017|General Teaching|Comments Off on Teaching Hot Spot at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

Hot Spot Education Highlighted at the Frankfurter Buchmesse

One of the highlights at Frankfurt Book Fair which starts next week is the “Hot Spot Education” zone in Hall 4.2.  This part of annual Frankfurter Buchmesse aims to bring education providers and prospective customers together, helping to showcase new developments in the fields of innovative teaching and learning tools.  The focus will be on distance and e-learning but there will be more than “just a nod” to traditional teaching methods.

Promoting the Joy of Reading – Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017

Browsing books.

Time for browsing at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Picture credit: Frankfurt Book Fair

Helping to Bring Educational Developments to the Forefront

The “Hot Spot Education” area will provide a one-stop shop for teachers, those who home school and educational professionals to catch up with the latest learning and teaching innovations.  Everything from software and e-tools, to the latest digital whiteboards will be on display.  If you ask nicely, you might even be given the chance to try out some of these exciting new classroom tools.

In addition, this part of the Frankfurt Book Fair will look at the role play and games can have in education.  There will be information about serious games and some not so serious, but still very educational games.  Schools have seen a greater focus on the use of digital technology both within the national curriculum and the cornerstones scheme of work.  The “Hot Spot Education” zone provides exclusive access to digital providers and digital content aimed specifically at the education profession.

The Teaching Hotspot

Digital Meets Traditional Teaching at the Frankfurter Buchmesse

A section dedicated to the educational sector.

The “Education Hot Spot” area.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

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The talented organisers of the Frankfurter Buchmesse have listed the sort of product and topic areas that this zone will cover:

  • Developers and providers of innovative educational content such as interactive learning models and whiteboard software
  • Providers of innovative teaching and learning concepts such as online learning aids, mobile learning, e-learning models and web applications
  • Developer and publishers of games and gaming activities
  • Solution providers in the SEN (Special Educational Needs) sector
  • Technology provision for educational establishments from nursery to further education

For those members of the teaching profession heading to Frankfurt next week, this is one part of the enormous Frankfurter Buchmesse that they should definitely check out.

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