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Nilpena Ediacara Visitor Centre

A photo-realistic animation experience projection mapped onto a fossil bed in the newly minted Nilpena Ediacara National Park.

Sandpit were lucky enough to collaborate with the South Australian Department of Environment and Water and animation partner Model Farm to create an immersive experience that tells the story of the Ediacara Biota; animals that lived half a billion years ago.

We mapped a nine metre fossil bed and, in collaboration with Dr Mary Droser and her team of palaeontology experts, brought these incredibly important animals back to life.

The animation is accompanied by a voice over narration that details the story of how the animals miraculously came to be fossilised, despite having no skeletons.

Sandpit were able to work very closely with the palaeontology team to ensure that the storytelling balanced drama and intrigue with scientific accuracy in a swiftly evolving field.

The Ediacara Biota are extraordinarily significant in the history of life on Earth and are described as the ‘answer to Darwin’s dilemma’. Many of the animals included in the twenty minute animation have never been seen in such detail or realism before, giving us a rare opportunity to be at the cutting edge of science education globally.