Monday, 25 May 2015

TW:eed Project meeting - new advances

Recently we held out seventh team meeting of the TW:eed Project, this time at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. 20 members of the project met together for two days of talks, discussions and workshops. As we are now nearing the end of the project (just over a year remaining) it’s really great to see the results coming together and new research avenues being discussed.

Members of Team TW:eed at our seventh project meeting

Advances in the following topics were discussed during the meeting:

  • -       Gypsum and evaporite deposits in the Norham Core
    -       Charcoal and atmospheric oxygen levels
    -       Palynomorphs and biostratigraphy
    -       Regional litho/biostratigraphic correlations and the age of tetrapod-bearing units
    -       New shrimp and arthropod fossil discoveries
    -       New tetrapod, fish and shark fossil discoveries
    -       CT scanning results of delicate tetrapod and fish specimens
    -       Cladistics (evolutionary tree) of tetrapod fossils
    -       Plans for our museum exhibition

We discussed our plans for future fieldwork, with upcoming trips to Virginia, USA and Northumberland/Scottish Borders. In September, several members of the team will be presenting at the upcoming IGCP 596 meeting in Brussels about many aspects of this project.

While in Cambridge I spent a very enjoyable morning examining the shape, texture and structure of fossil vertebrate bones, comparing identified larger bones to the microfossil bone fragments I have been working on. This was very rewarding as at the same time the vertebrate experts (Rob, Jenny and Kelly) examined some of the microfossil specimens I brought with me that my volunteer Hattie has been picking and they were able to identify the majority of them including some rare finds! Next week sees the start of the new Master’s project here at the University of Leicester on the TW:eed Project, with Levi Curry working on a joint sedimentology-micropalaeontology project, so more news to come on that soon!

Until next time

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