Faking it? An unusual trilobite at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

A look through the Dr Fraser Collection reveals an unusual trilobite specimen – it is not quite like anything illustrated in any of the textbooks. Could it be a new species, lain undiscovered and undescribed for a century or more? Sadly not, but the real story behind the specimen is every bit as interesting. We [...]

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Dudley down under

This is an extract from the Black Country Geological Society newsletter, October 2010. Sorting out the loft turns up some interesting things, and in my case files of old geological leaflets, notes and letters. One email I recently discovered related to my interest in the final destinations of superb Silurian fossils originating in Dudley, mostly [...]

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Stuck in the Mud!

On Saturday 28th January the Black Country Geological Society headed south for a chilly fieldtrip to two fossil rich quarries in the Cotswolds. The geologists gathered excitedly at the first quarry, where Dr Neville Hollingworth was waiting to brief us about the local geology and what wonders we may find. Finally everyone arrived and I anxiously listened [...]

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My fossil hunting trip to Lyme Regis

The first time I ever visited Lyme Regis was in the summer of 2007. I packed my bag with the mush have essentials for fossil hunting; hand lens, chisel, hammer and sample bags. First we visited the beach to the right of Lyme Regis. Immediately upon arriving at the beach fossils began catching my eye [...]

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Riddle of the shells

This is an extract from the newsletter of The ‘Black Country Geological Society‘, No. 201 June 2010. This was part of the regular section entitled ‘The Dudley Bug’ written by members Alison Roberts and Chris Broughton. During April 2010, as part of a KITTS graduate training placement at Dudley Museum we visited the Wrens Nest to see what are the [...]

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Siluria Revisited 2011

Last week, I attended the International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy Conference in Ludlow, Shropshire.  This is where geologists from around the globe share their research and knowledge on the Silurian Geological Period. But my Silurian story began two years ago… In the summer of 2009, stabilisation works took place within the Step Shaft Mine beneath [...]

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Mary Anning

On the 21st May 1799 a baby girl was born to Richard Anning and Molly Moore in the seaside town of Lyme Regis, Dorset. She was named Mary Anning and was one of ten children in the family, but would later become one of only two surviving children. From a young age, Mary was unusual [...]

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Murchison’s view

Graham Worton, the Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, introduces us to “Murchison’s View”.  Murchison’s View is located at the southern tip of the Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve (NNR) which is to the north east of Dudley Town Centre, West Midlands.

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Sir Roderick Murchison

Sir Roderick Murchison was a famous Scottish Geologist, born in Tarrodale, Easter Ross in the Scottish Highlands in 1792. He was the David Attenborough of he’s day. As a young adult he spent many years in an English military college before joining the army for 8 years as an Officer. During his time in the [...]

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Looking after your fossil collection

Graham Worton, the Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, talks about how to look after your fossil collection because each specimen is unique and can’t be replaced. He explains what information to keep with specimens and how to store them correctly.

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