Tuesday, 17 March 2015

TW:eed Project YGS meeting a success

This Saturday the Yorkshire Geological Society held a day of talks about the TW:eed Project. The day took place at the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, which allowed participants to view the Norham Core and see some real examples of the rocks which the tetrapod fossils come from. It was a popular meeting, co-organised between the YGS, the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, Geology Section and the East Midlands Geological Society, with over 70 participants from across the country.

The day started with a workshop on the Norham Core (led by myself and Tim Kearsey), and tours of the BGS Core Store facility by Mike Howe. In the workshop we highlighted some key parts of the core from the base and the top of the succession, and discussed what the sediments could tell us about the different environments that existed at this time. We also examined some of the fossil-rich intervals that contain some fantastic rhizodont and actinopterygian fossils. Tim and I really enjoyed the opportunity to show people some of the highlights from the core, as it has been so essential to the success of this project. And it brought back some great memories of logging the core and discovering particular exciting horizons within it.
The Norham Core workshop session

Jenny Clack talking about the latest tetrapod finds
In the afternoon there was a series of talks about the project, by Dave Millward, Jenny Clack, Tim Smithson and Sarah Davies. This covered an overview of the project and some of our latest findings on tetrapods, fish and environments. But as we know this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the research the project encompasses and the conference could well have continued into the night! Everyone there enjoyed hearing about the science the project addresses, with a lot of questions asked and interest from the audience. We all agreed that we’d love to come back next year when the project is nearing completion to do another event.

Thank you to the YGS and others for hosting this event and to everyone who took part.

Until next time

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