Thursday, 22 November 2012

Our Local Geology Society

This is a very short blog to promote our local amateur geology group in Leicester, the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, Section C, Geology, established in 1849. The society holds research talks, seminars and summer fieldtrips, attended by geology amateurs and professionals of all ages, you can find out more information here. I have been a member for many years and now I am on the committee as the Department of Geology staff representative, so yes I am biased towards the society! Through this group I have learned a lot about our local geology, such as building stones, local fossil sites and about Charnia and other Ediacaran fossils from Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire, which are the oldest fossils in the UK. If you would like to get involved with a local society, check out the links page on the Charnia website (

On Monday last week we welcomed our Tweed leader Professor Jenny Clack to give a talk at the parent body meeting of the Lit and Phil. This was well attended and gave an overview of the entire project, plus some information on new tetrapod fossil finds. Before the talk I put on a small fossil and rock display in the geology department and Jenny also brought in some tetrapod and rhizodont (fish) fossil specimens. My favourite specimens were the tetrapod toe bones which were very cute!

Fossil display in the Sylvester Bradley Museum in the Department of Geology, Leicester. Sorry about the blurry photo! We had sedimentary rock specimens, thin sections, microfossils and some large tetrapod and fish bones. Staff, students and members of the Lit and Phil Geology society came to the display.

Next week TWEed project partner Dr Gregory Edgecombe from the Natural History Museum will be talking about his research on a new Burgess Shale-type biota from the early Cambrian of Australia. See the Charnia website for more details.

Until next time

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