It was my birthday, and I got lots of lovely fossil presents, but I'll tell you about them another time. Today, I want to tell you about my mammoth what I'm making. It is a model, because we want to make a bigger one, and this is a test to see if it'll work. We first made the body - we crunched some newspaper into a ball, and then we wrapped it in wire mesh, then we did papier mache all around it and left it to dry.
Today, we made the head and the legs. The legs are made of toilet rolls, and the head it more scrunched up paper. First we used sellotape to fix it, and then we covered everything in more papier mache. And now it is drying. Next, we're going to do the ears and the trunk, and we'll show you when it's finished. And if it works, we'll make a big, big, big one.
One day, we went to a fossil fair, and there were lots of fossils. There were also people who told us of a special club. We already heard about it, because Joe told us. Joe found our website and he sent us an email. The club is called "Rockwatch", and today, we sent off a letter to say that I want to become a member. They have a special magazine, and they do fossil hunts and visits to museums. Would you like to be a member? You can read all about it here: http://www.rockwatch.org.uk/
We went to a dinosaur park in Germany. Auntie Katrin found it for us. There was lots to do, and lots to see. We saw lots and lots of dinosaurs, and real dinosaur tracks, because the park is where they found real dinosaur tracks.
This is a track of footprints. This is exactly where it was found, and real experts are still looking all the time to find new things. They are working in the park. I've got my foot on a dinosaur footprint in the picture below - can you see?
These are giant squids, but they walk on land, they are a bit like an elephant. But they're not real. In the park, there is a hall where they show creatures what they might look like in millions of years, like in five million years.
This is me excavating a dinosaur head. It's a copy of a real head. The dinosaur was an eoraptor. It grew about as tall as Mummy's knee, so it was a small kind. It was in a block of plaster, and I had to be super careful so it doesn't break. There wasn't an eoraptor in the park, but we found a picture of one (taken from http://www.dinosauriens.info/dinosaures/dinosaure_eoraptor.php)
I found a fish head in this rock. They were real fossils, but it was like a surprise, like our surprise fossils. You had to split and split the stone to see what you could find - and we all found something. Auntie Katrin found a fish scale, and Mummy found coprolite, and I found a fish head. We'll take some pictures and show you.
This is me painting a dinosaur skull. It was like a 3d picture, and it was made of plaster.
I had a really, really good time, and I want to go again!
Hello, my name is Toby. I am five years old, and I want to be a palaeontologist. I really like fossils, so I'm writing down everything I do with fossils! My Mummy is doing the typing until I'm a bit older, but she writes everything I say.