What lies beneath the soils of South Gippsland?

Free Range Science in association with RiAus is making its way to Inverloch during the October school holidays to explore the rich fossil record of dinosaurs – lying beneath the soils of Victoria’s South Gippsland.

RiAus Director and renowned palaeontologist and dinosaur expert, Dr Paul Willis, will be hosting tours of one of Australia’s most important paleontological dig sites with the help of the South Gippsland Conservation Society.

“The site at Inverloch is of paramount significance for Australian palaeontology”, Dr Willis said.

“We have found all sorts of dinosaurs there, from several small plant-eating dinosaurs to pterosaurs, primitive turtles, plesiosaurs, ankylosaurs and theropods.

“Interestingly many people in the region have no idea about the amazingly rich fossil record left over from a time when dinasours roamed the countryside – it’s literally under their feet”,” he said.

In addition to the tours running hourly on Saturday and Sunday morning Dr Willis will be hosting a quiz competition at the Inlet Hotel on Saturday afternoon.

“The quiz will be a fun way to spend the afternoon.  Dinosaurs will feature prominently, as they should, but the questions will be about all areas of science.

TOURS

Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October 2012

9am – 12 noon

Leaving from the Bunurong Environment Centre

Cnr Ramsay Boulevard and The Esplanade

“This will be a great couple of days for locals, families and visitors to find out much more about the rich paleontological heritage of the region and to explore with experts what the world there once looked like, and what sort of creatures ruled it”, Dr Willis said.

Free Range Science brings science and scientists out of the lab and into the towns of regional Victoria.  Designed specifically for adults without a science background, Free Range Science puts people directly in touch with the people who research, design, create and use the sciences and technologies which power our lives.  Free Range Science is a program of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) and supported by the Victorian Government.  (http://freerangescience.org.au)