GB3D Fossil Competition
22 August 2013
Find the 3D-printed fossil that’s hidden in the geology gallery, Down to Earth, enter the competition for a chance of a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of RAMM, a VIP tour of the British Geological Survey (BGS) Centre in Nottinghamshire and an Android tablet preloaded with a dozen 3D-fossil models.
Five people will win a tour of RAMM. They will be able to bring one guest each and will automatically be entered into the national draw for a visit to the BGS centre in Keyworth (travel expenses included). The runner-up will be given the BGS tour, the overall winner a tour and an Android tablet.
Entry forms can be found at reception. Completed forms should also be handed in at reception. The competition closes at the end of the day on Thursday 12 September 2013. The winners will be announced on Friday 13 September.
About the project
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has launched the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection to the public. Thousands of 3D digital fossil models, plus several thousand high quality images, many in 3D, can now be browsed and downloaded for free. The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by Jisc, has taken fossils from museum displays and dusty drawers and made them available for academics, researchers and fossil enthusiasts to enjoy at their leisure. To celebrate the launch, BGS are running this free competition for the public at a number of museums around the country.
A holotype specimen from RAMM’s own collection has been included in this project. The skull is on permanent display in the Down to Earth gallery and is from a Rhynchosaur, a kind of early reptile known scientifically as Fodonyx spenceri. This fossil was found at Peak Hill near Sidmouth.