Scientists at Bristol Museum are working with veterinary pathologists, including predominantly Geoff Pearson and Jan Bradshaw, on their fossil pliosaur , looking at the ‘diagnosis’ of its pathology with the lead scientist researching this specimen (Dr Judyth Sassoon from the University of Bristol). They are part funded by a grant from the Royal College of Pathologists and will be demonstrating their ‘work in progress’  at the Bristol rocks family day on April 8.  We are looking for volunteers to help man the stall; if you are at all interested here are the details:

The whole Bristol Rocks family day runs from 11:00 – 16:00 with a volunteer briefing session at 10:30 (The doors open to the public in general from 10:00, so setting up can happen from then).

Ideally a minimum of two people would be great to man the table at any one time, so two shifts of three hours each would require a minimum of four people. They always try and recruit more in case of illness etc. on the day and also to cover breaks and lunch so ideally  three people for either session:

Morning Session: 10:00 – 13:00 set up and morning shift

Afternoon Session: 13:00 – 16:00 take down and afternoon shift

They will also be getting some palaeontological volunteers to help out on the table so we have experts from both subjects on hand.

The museum can provide tea and sweet treats but not lunch, so you will need to bring a sandwich or use the café on site.

If any pathologists would like to contribute to this project please contact Debra Fews at for further details.