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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Reconstructing palaeoclimates using beetle remains

This is a light hearted extract from of the newsletter The Black Country Geological Society. This was part of the regular section entitled ‘The Dudley Bug’ written by members Alison Roberts and Chris Broughton. An effective way of reconstructing Quaternary palaeoenvironments is to investigate the range and distribution of beetle populations. The most commonly used [...]

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Rock On, Dr Fossil!

On Wednesday 3rd August, Wolverhampton Art Gallery opened its doors for a day full of activities during the school holidays. Dr Fossil was invited along to talk to visitors about a few of the 10,000 fossils held within the Art Galleries stores belonging to Dr Fraser, who left them to the town of Wolverhampton in [...]

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A local puzzle?

Why are sea creatures found in the middle of Dudley and not 100 miles away on the coast? Today we tend to think of shells and corals something you would find along the coasts where there are beaches, reefs and the sea. But if you took a stroll through the Wrens Nest today you find [...]

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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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Lady Murchison

Lady Charlotte Murchison (nee Hugonin) was born in 1788 in Hampsire to General Francis and Charlotte Hugonin. It is believed that she was one of three children brought up in the family home. Charlotte first met Roderick Impey Murchison in 1815 and they were married not long after in the August of the same year. [...]

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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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The Silurian System

The Silurian Period of geological history is defined between 444 million years ago and 416 million years ago. It is named after an ancient welsh tribe from the Roman times, called the Siluries. The scientist credited as defining the Silurian period was a short Scotsman named Sir Roderick Impey Murchison in 1835. Work began in 1831 by [...]

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Giants of the Black Country

Imagine going back between 359 and 299 million years into the tropical coal swamps which would have covered the Black Country. You would have been in the Carboniferous Period which is known for forming thick formations of coal such as the Staffordshire Thick Coal, found below the Black Country today. The climate would have been [...]

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Exceptional Preservation

Most living organisms are never preserved, in fact only a small number of species are preserved as fossils. Many are preserved due to the presence of hard body parts but few are preserved with only soft parts. Fossils which have been preserved in certain conditions may have both the hard parts such as bones preserved [...]

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