Chance of a lifetime for regional young people

A memorial scholarship has been developed to ensure James Moore’s passion for palaeontology lives on. James is pictured with a camel during an expedition near Lake Eyre.Young regional people with a love for hands-on learning and piecing together the past will be encouraged to apply for the James Moore Memorial Scholarship in Palaeontology.

Flinders University Associate ProfessorGavinPrideaux said the scholarship was being developed to honour the passion of his former colleague, Whyalla car crash victim James Moore.

“James was a student and then an employee within the Flinders palaeontology group from 2010 through 2014,” Professor Prideaux said.

“He was also the president of the Flinders University Palaeontology Society, chief beer reviewer for the society’s newsletter Beer ‘n’ Bones, and organiser of the annual Digger’s Shield cricket match against Flinders University Archaelogy Society.”

Professor Prideaux said James was a dedicated worker and a valuable asset to palaeontology research in Australia.

“One of James’ first projects was looking at bite marks on bones and understanding the role that carnivores can play in how fossil bones accumulate in caves,” he said.

“Most recently, James was employed as a research officer on an Australian National Data Service project with the aim of creating a large Australian palaeontology online database.

“James’s deep knowledge of Australian fossils combined with his databasing experience made him the ideal person for this role.”

Professor Prideaux said the scholarship would provide an opportunity for senior high school students from rural South Australia to take part in the work that James loved.

“James loved the fieldwork – the opportunity to visit remote areas, camp under the stars and discover the remains of animals no-one ever knew existed,” he said.

“James was always the first to put his hand up to come on expeditions.

“He loved the camaraderie – both in the field and in the lab – the opportunity to work with others toward common goals and to have heaps of fun doing it.

“James also loved delving into systematic palaeontology, understanding why scientists had named something the way they had and how to properly pronounce the obscure Greek or Latin names.”

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