Just one week left to vote for your favourite fossils in our Fossil Five Poll – it’s very close at the top of the poll now – voting for your favourites really could swing it! Closes Tuesday 24 March www.scottishgeology.com/poll.
On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2015 Elgin Museum will be hosting a conference: Moray Geology: Past, Present, Future
An exploration of the history of Elgin Museum, the fossils it houses and the geology of Moray. At the Alexander Graham Bell Centre, Moray College (University of the Highlands and Islands), and Elgin Museum.
Exciting news about the identification of a new species of Ichthyosaur – Dearcmhara shawcrossi – unique to Scotland, and identified from middle Jurassic rocks in the Isle of Skye. A team lead by Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh, discovered the specimen in bones collected on Skye in 1959.
The reconstruction above by the artist Todd Marshall, and provided by the PalAlba group, shows what the 4-metre long ichthyosaur might have looked like!
Fossil Day at Our Dynamic Earth is a free one-day event celebrating outstanding fossils from Scotland and further afield. More than 10 different organisations including the University of Edinburgh, British Geological Survey and National Museums of Scotland will display selected paleontological discoveries, some of which will be on public display for the very first time! A fantastic range of fossils will reveal the diverse evolutionary record found in the rocks around us and showcase current paleontological research projects. Come along to vote for your favourite Scottish Fossil, find out more about the Scottish Fossil Code and marvel at the strange and wonderful ancient creatures that inhabited Earth before us.
We also have a free fun and interactive workshop available ‘Hugh Miller & the Fabulous Fossil Fish‘. Find out what a fossil is and how do they form. Workshop is available at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Sunday 18th January suitable for ages 8-12, sign up available on the day.
The Geological Society of Glasgow has updated their website with an excellent new section on local rocks.
You can find out more about the sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks of the local area, and there is a page describing important local fossils, illustrated with samples from the Hunterian Museum collection.
With almost 40 of the 100 great geosites located in Scotland, obviously this is the place to head for if you want to bag some geo-selfies and join in the fun! Not all of the sites have easily-available further information (and that’s part of the joy of exploring) but here are some links to follow:
Geosites numbers 1. Foreland Mountains, 35. Arnaboll, 38. Laxford Brae, 41. Knockan Crag, 69. Smoo cave, 71. Achmelvich, 77. Scourie More, 79. Assynt unconformity and 83. Glencoul are all in the Northwest Highlands Geopark. Check out the Rock Route for more information about these sites and many more in the area!
3. Siccar Point is described as the most important geological site in the world, and is one of our Classic Sites on this website.
10. Glencoe, 17. Ardnamurchan ring complex, 84. The Muidhe, 93. The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy and 99. Isle of Rum are in the Lochaber Geopark.
The Geological Society has launched a list of 100 great Geosites across the UK and Ireland, celebrating some of the most diverse and beautiful geology in the world, spanning most of geological time, from the oldest Pre-Cambrian rocks to the youngest Quarternary sediments.
Scotland is well represented, with nearly 40 of the top 100 sites, including top picks of the foreland mountains of Assynt, Siccar Point and Glencoe.