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Fossil corset-animals (loriciferans) help solve Darwin’s dilemma

Fossil corset-animals (loriciferans) help solve Darwin’s dilemma

The living corset-animals (loriciferans) are a remarkable group of miniscule, seabed dwelling creatures, which were first found in the 1980s. Now, the discovery by palaeontologists Tom Harvey and Nick Butterfield of the loriciferans’ deep ancestry in 490 million year old Cambrian strata is helping to rewrite the story of the Cambrian explosion of life and resolve what is known as Darwin’s dilemma.

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Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

A display showcasing a selection of the Sedgwick Museum’s unique historic collection of geological hammers.

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The bicentenary of a pioneering account of the Geology of Cambridgeshire

The bicentenary of a pioneering account of the Geology of Cambridgeshire

The first account of the geology of Cambridgeshire was published 200 years ago. Written by the Reverend Professor John Hailstone FRS (1759-1847), the ‘Outline of the Geology of Cambridgeshire’ appeared in the third volume of the Transactions of the Geological Society of London.

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Curious Objects at the University Library

Curious Objects at the University Library

Curious Objects – an exhibition of ‘some unusual and unexpected items’ from the University Library’s collection runs from 3 Nov 2016 - 31 March 2017 at the Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR. Free entry.

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Graduate Research Opportunities

Graduate Research Opportunities

A full list of PhD topics for students hoping to start PhDs in 2017 with the Cambridge NERC DTP - Earth Sciences are now online.

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International team head to Papua New Guinea to measure volcanic carbon degassing

International team head to Papua New Guinea to measure volcanic carbon degassing

An international team of scientists is traveling to the islands of Papua New Guinea this September to study degassing from active volcanoes in remote jungles there. Some of these volcanoes are among the most active on Earth, ejecting a significant proportion of global volcanic gases into the atmosphere.

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Mistaken Point - Canada's 10th geological World Heritage Site

Mistaken Point - Canada's 10th geological World Heritage Site

The ancient rugged coastline of Mistaken Point on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula face the winds and waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It can be a difficult place to work, but nevertheless it has been a mecca for geologists for over several decades now.

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An underestimated Kevan

An underestimated Kevan

Douglas Palmer on the Sedgwick Museum’s giant Pliosaurus cf. kevani in the latest edition of Geoscientist

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