Family News & Events

Family News & Events
Iconic Dinosaur’s injuries come to light through Queen’s-led research

The first Parasaurolophus discovered – the same species which features in the popular Netflix series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous – is likely to have been injured by a falling tree, a study led by a researcher from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has discovered.

Filippo Bertozzo, a PhD student from the School of Natural and Built Environment at QUB, examined the skeleton of the Parasaurolophus which has been on display at the Royal Ontario Museum 1920.

The shape of the dinosaur’s neck has been a source of intrigue to palaeo-artists. In Disney’s 1940 film Fantasia it is shown as having a thin neck with a frill, while later artists portrayed it with a graceful, swan-like neck. More recently, discovery of partially mummified dinosaurs suggested that the dinosaur had a much bulkier neck.

“The ROM 768 suffered numerous injuries which suggest a major incident of trauma before its death,” Mr Bertozzo explained. “Damage to the muscles resulted in a disc-shaped overgrowth on the tip on the bony part of one its vertebrae in its neck.”


Pop-up Makers Market set up Ireland’s Virtual Christmas Craft Fair

Feeling bereft of festive wanderings through cosy Christmas Markets? Pop-up Makers Market’s hope to make up for it with their virtual fair.

Pop-up Makers market have gathered many talented makers and crafters together, and they will show their wares on Instagram on Saturday December 12.

Just like normal markets, you can browse a range of specially curated hand crafted gift ideas, and just like normal markets you deal directly with and buy directly from the maker. Unlike normal markets, you browse from the comfort and safety of your own home and carry out the transactions online.

By signing up for this event you will be sent an email on Saturday morning with this week’s unique hashtag, which you can then follow to find a host of hand crafted beautiful gift ideas.

To sign up for the event, visit here.


Restrictions on nursing home visits relaxed in new guidance

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has issued new guidance around visits to nursing homes from 7 December.

Up to this point, window visits were only permitted between Levels 3 and 5. In updated guidance, the HPSC says one visit by one person per week should be facilitated for residents who wish to receive visitors at Levels 3 and 4, according to a report on RTÉ.

It says up to one visit by one person every two weeks should be facilitated for those who wish to receive visitors when at Level 5. It says that in the context of framework Level 3, a more flexible interpretation of “critical and compassionate circumstances” is appropriate compared with framework Level 4 and 5.

The HSPC recommends that visits be limited to one hour but with appropriate flexibility, for example in relation to situations such as end of life. It says there is no requirement that visits which are facilitated on compassionate grounds should always be by the same person.