Saturday, 26 November 2016

Next Week 28th November to 4th December 2016


28th November to 4th December 2016

The following is an extract from Bristol Geology Calendar

More details can be found in the Calendar and on the web sites of the relevant Society or organisation.


 Dave Green - Palaeontology and Evolution
WhenMon, 28 November, 19:30 – 22:30
WhereWynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester (map)
DescriptionPalaeontology and Evolution. This will be a mainly practical class, focussing on the preservation, identification and classification of fossils, and an account of the evolution of life on Earth. Starts Mon 19th September for 10 weeks (not 17th or 24th Oct), until 5th December Held at Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester from 7.30-9.30pm on Mondays. Cost £70 (including tea, coffee etc at breaktime!).



19:30               Bristol Nats Geology Lecture - Deserts and Dinosaur Discoveries
WhenWed, 30 November, 19:30 – 21:00
WhereS H Reynolds lecture Theatre, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, BS8 1RJ (map)
DescriptionDeserts and Dinosaur Discoveries Dr Cindy Howells Wednesday 30 November, 7.30pm Wales is geologically diverse, and well known for its rich Palaeozoic fauna, but the recent discovery of a new dinosaur has highlighted the importance of the local Mesozoic sections. Cindy Howells is the Palaeontology Curator at the National Museum of Wales and is well qualified to talk about recent dinosaur discoveries in South Wales and the world in which these animals lived. The meeting will take place in the S H Reynolds lecture Theatre, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, BS8 1RJ. For those unfamiliar with this venue: Enter the Wills Building via main entrance under the University Tower, let the people on the desk know that you have come for the BNS meeting and walk ahead between the two staircases. Turn right when you reach some display cases. The lecture room is on your left.


 Bath Geol Soc Lecture
WhenThu, 1 December, 19:30 – 20:30
Where16 Queen Square, Bath (map)
DescriptionFirst Footfall: the Colonisation of Land Dr. Ken McNamara, Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge The colonisation of land and the establishment of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems was one of the most important events in the evolution of life. Yet we have a poor understanding of the identities of the colonisers, how they interacted with one another and even exactly when it happened. The early Silurian (about 430 million years) Tumblagooda Sandstone in the Southern Carnarvon Basin in Western Australia contains a rich trace fossil fauna that has the potential to shed much light on the identities of the first colonisers of land. Deposited before vascular plants had evolved on land, the extensive fossil trackways and burrows comprise a range of trace fossils attributed mainly to arthropods, but their exact identity remains enigmatic. The arthropod tracks range in size from a few millimetres to more than 30cm in width; some extendfor many metres. These larger forms must have been made by animals well in excess of 1 metre in length. Candidates for these first colonizers include the giant scorpion-like eurypterids, euthycarcinoids and synziphosurids. A number of different types of burrows have been described that have been interpreted as dwelling, feeding and hunting burrows. Study of the associations of different burrow types is enabling the trophic structure of this early terrestrial ecosystem to be established. Finally, in this talk I will also describe how the Tumblagooda Sandstone provides evidence for oldest known land animal and the earliest evidence for the presence of vertebrates on land.



OUGS - Severnside - Day of Lectures
WhenSaturday, 3 Dec 2016
WhereYMCA Conference Centre, Mendalgief Road, Newport NP20 2HF. (map)
DescriptionDay of Lectures Our Day of Lectures will take place at the YMCA Conference Centre, Mendalgief Road, Newport NP20 2HF. Contact: Jan Ashton-Jones []


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