Welcome to the Future Animals Blog 


Have you ever wondered where dogs come from? What did the ancestor of the Corgi look like? What about cows? what did there great, great (times 10,000 grandmothers look like?).

What will pets and farm animals look like in a thousand years time? With climate change and an increasing human population, will we need smaller, cleaner, transportable pets – a micro dog the size of a mobile that poops pellets perhaps? How about a racing tortoise? How would you breed a turtle for speed – longer legs or maybe a lightweight shell with spoilers?

As for food animals, with rising sea levels will we need aquatic cattle that can swim all day and eat seaweed?

We want you to design the pets and farm animals of the future. A team of archaeologists, a genetic scientist and an award winning artist will all be waiting on line to interpret your creations and to offer helpful information and advice.

We also want to hear how you feel about the rights and wrongs of all this – is it right for us to change the way that animals look and behave just so that we can have a cute or cuddly companion or a docile source of food?

Please send in your comments and drawings – we can’t wait to see them.

Future Animals is a creative project funded by Beacons for Wales and is the result of a collaboration between Cardiff University School of History and Archaeology, Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales, the artist Paul Evans and Techniquest.

Diary of Events

November 2009
16th – preliminary visit to St Alban’s School by future animals team
17th – preliminary visit to ITEC Training Solutions by future animals team

December 2009
1st – preliminary visit to Plasmawr by future animals team
8th – future animals workshop for St Alban’s at Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales
9th – future animals workshop for ITEC Training Solutions at Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales
10th – future animals workshop for Plasmawr at Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales

February 2010
1st – future animals exhibition opens at Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales

April 2010
4th – future animals exhibition ends


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