The Micropalaeontological Society – Fossil Forensics!

One crime. Three suspects. Unravel the truth at Lyme Regis fossil festival!

Fossil Forensics involves visitors solving a fictional crime (dinosaur bone smuggling), using sediment samples (including microfossil rich samples) as evidence to rule-out potential suspects. Visitors first read a brief and amusing news article, which introduces the crime and discusses the sequence of events (or can have this described to them). Sand samples from different locations related to the smuggling story are then examined using microscopes. Finally, visitors read concise suspect profiles (incl. interview extracts and sediment evidence images), before comparing the images presented with the microscope samples to identify the source, eliminate suspects, and therefore guess the perpetrator.