The Scientific Dilemmas of Dippy the Dinosaur

Join Scientific Sue on yet another ROAR-some journey of scientific discovery! 

Learn about how Paleontologists, the intrepid explorers of unchartered territories, discover fossils of prehistoric proportions and then use them to unravel the puzzles surrounding the lives of dinosaurs.

This unique, educational and entertaining show investigates and explores some mind-boggling dilemmas of the magnificent sauropod: DIPLODOCUS.

What is so special about their tails?

How did they digest the huge amount of plant food required to feed their humongous bodies?

Why are so many fossilised sauropods unearthed headless?!

A fun informative show for all filled with brilliant science. Promoting the concept of working scientifically


Show set up

Dilemma of the long tail sketch

Digestion dilemma








Attending this show will help your pupils with the following Curriculum Links and


  • Gain an understanding of how scientists interpret fossils to find out about pre-history.
  • Discover how fossils are formed and change over time.
  • Learn how plants and animals rely on each other within the natural world.
  • Learn how changes in the local natural environment can affect living things.
  • Explore some living things that are now extinct.
  • Learn an appreciation that dinosaurs were living things that lived within their environments much as animals do today
  • Learn how some plants act as natural acid/base indicators.
  • Learn about neutralisation.
  • Understand that digestion is the process by which the body breaks down food in order to extract nutrients.
  • Discover the importance of the teeth for digestion.
  • Be introduced to the key organs of the digestive system and their function.
  • Discover the importance of stomach acid and gut bacteria for digestion.
  • Appreciate that undigested food passes through the large intestine and leaves the body as waste.
  • Learn that some gases produced during the digestive process are flammable.
  • Explore reasons why dinosaurs had long tails.
  • Learn the physics behind balancing tightrope walkers – centre of mass and rotational inertia.