Open Hertitage Day tour – Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The Heritage Open Day tour of Wolverhampton Art Gallery was given in three parts, the first part was led by the Collections Manager, Rachel Lambert-Jones. Rachel took us down to the Resource Centre where they hold some of their stored collections of approximately 1800 objects including fine art, sculpture and their weird and wonderful items [...]

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The Barr Trilobite – a local celebrity

“This remarkable crustacean has been hitherto known in England as the Barr Trilobite, having been found at the Hay Head lime works, near the village and beacon of Barr in Staffordshire” The Silurian System, Roderick Murchison As new kinds of animals, both living and extinct, are discovered, scientists attempt to classify them according to their [...]

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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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Modes of Life

Today organisms either live on the land or in the sea; some can move between both for particular reasons such as to lay eggs. This applied to fossils too because they had different modes of life for which they adapted and rapidly evolved to suit the environment in which they lived. For marine fossils there are [...]

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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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Trilobites

A trilobite is part of a group of animals known as arthropods. They are from the class Trilobita. Although trilobites are now extinct they first appeared 528 million years ago during the Cambrian Period. They eventually became extinct during the End-Permian mass extinction 251 million years ago. In total there were more than 17,000 different species [...]

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Some different types of fossils

Graham Worton, the Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, talks about the various types of fossils. This includes the ones we can see with the naked eye including dinosaurs and trilobites (such as the famous ‘Dudley Bug’) as well as tiny microfossils which are hidden within rocks and can only be seen through a [...]

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