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From dino paws to fire and freeze

From dino paws to fossil jaws and the fire and freeze of Fife, Scotland’s celebration of geology will arrive in St Andrews this weekend. For two consecutive weeks, the University of St Andrews will host two free local events to co-incide with the Scottish Geology Festival (1st – 30th September).

The first event, organised by the University’s School of Geography and Geosciences in association with the St Andrews Preservation Trust, is three hours of ‘hands on’ geological family activities. ‘Dino Paws, Golden Ores & Fossil Jaws’ (Saturday 17 September, 11am) will offer the opportunity to track dinosaurs, make a volcano erupt, pan for gold or excavate fossils. The event will be held at the Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, St Andrews and old clothes are recommended.

The second event, ‘Fife on Fire, in Flood, Forest and Freeze’ (Sunday 25 September 2005, 12pm) is a three hour walk along the Kinkell Braes. The University’s Stuart Allison will explore what the rocks can tell us about the environments that St Andrews encountered during its geological evolution. Those interested in taking part should meet at the parking area for the Fife Coastal Path behind the East Sands Leisure Centre, St Andrews. Since the event is a 5km walk on cliff-top paths and the rocky foreshore, participants should wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothes.

Interested members of the public should contact the following for further information:

Dino Paws, Golden Ores & Fossil Jaws – Rachel Clerke, Tel: 01334 477629.

Fife on Fire, in Flood, Forest and Freeze – Stuart Allison (from 19th September), Tel: 01334 463922

For other events across Scotland see the official website at: http://www.scottishgeology.com/

ENDS

Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews Contact Gayle Cook, Press Officer on 01334 467227 / 462529, mobile 07900 050 103, or email gec3@st- andrews.ac.uk Ref: Dino paws 150905.doc View the latest University press releases at http://www.st- andrews.ac.uk

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