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Virtual fossils

Press release issued: 2 July 2001

Unique opportunity to see 'virtual fossils' at major summer science exhibition

A leading palaeontologist from Bristol University, Professor Derek Briggs, is part of a collaborative research team who will be exhibiting their cutting-edge research on 'virtual fossils' to members of the public at the Royal Society's annual Summer Science Exhibition in London from July 3 to 5.

The exhibit, called Virtual fossils: Silurian sensations released from rock shows how a recent discovery in Herefordshire of original fossils of small marine creatures has been reconstructed 'virtually'.

It is a unique opportunity to see how the Herefordshire animals from 440 to 410 million years ago were fossilised, how they are reconstructed, and how they cast new light on the early history of marine invertebrates.

Open to the public and free to enter, the Summer Science Exhibition is a once-a-year opportunity to see the latest in cutting-edge science from the UK and abroad and to talk to scientists about their work and how it might improve people's lives in the future.

Professor Briggs said: 'I'm delighted our research project has been selected as part of this initiative. The exhibition is a great way for people of all ages to learn about the latest in cutting-edge science.'

Executive Secretary of the Royal Society, Stephen Cox said: 'This year's Summer Science Exhibition really does have the very best of science on show and is a highlight of the UK's science calendar, attracting thousands of people every year. The collaborative research team went through a rigorous selection process and have done extremely well to be one of only 23 selected.'

For more information about the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition, call 0207 451 2578 or visit their website at

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Monday, 02-Jul-2001 08:46:41 BST

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