A Geologist’s Christmas Carol

Back in the depths of the Little Ice Age, lived a cruel, cold-hearted man called Professor Ebenezer Lapworth. Ebenezer owned a geotechnical engineering firm called ‘Scrooge’s Slope Stabilisation’ and employed a significant workforce. However, his employees worked for pittance; they had no holidays for fossiling and defiantly NO coal in their stockings! The Black Country [...]

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A boring old bunch? I don’t think so…

As a geologist I can never go anywhere without being easily distracted, for example I’m sure people (mainly women) often think I am ‘eyeing’ them up, when in actual fact there is an interesting sedimentary structure preserved in the wall behind them. Likewise, walking through shopping centres, I am probably branded a complete nutcase when walking [...]

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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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Minibeasts of Dudley

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. Last summer a number of different research opportunities arose at Dudley Museum. They began last spring when Graham Worton spent a [...]

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Ice age britain and climate change

Graham Worton the current curator and Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum & Art Gallery tells us how the advance and retreat of ice has caused the Black Country to rebound and how the Stour Valley would once have been home to hippos and lions.

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Ammonite bite marks!

I was reading an article last month in Deposits magazine about the evidence for belemnite’s praying on ammonites during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. A few weeks ago I was asked to produce a geology education pack combining rocks, fossils and mineral specimens from Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery. After searching through the huge and diverse range [...]

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Plesiosaur Man!

Geology Matters roaming reporters caught up with Dr Adam Smith, the Natural Science Curator at the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, to discuss his journey into his current job and his key interest, plesiosaurs. What is your background? I have always been interested in fossils and dinosaurs from a very early age and knew that I [...]

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Trilobites made simple

Graham Worton, the Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, talks about trilobites and how they got their name. He talks about the famous ‘Dudley Bug’ Calymene blumenbachii and how it is one of the best fossils in the world.

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