Stromatolites, the oldest thing on earth?

stromatolites

Stromatolites: What are they and what would I do with one? A stromatolite is the oldest thing in the world.  So could be the most important fossil you will or can ever collect. You may like facts and learning or need answers for homework so here goes all about Stromatolites: As colonies of simple bacteria, Stromatolites […]

Geology, How it Began & Other Stories

When did Geology Begin

When did Geology Begin?   Not as silly as it sounds!  Geology can trace its origins to ancient Greek philosophers, Aristotle for example.  There is also a report on the Mount Vesuvius eruption in AD79 by Pliny the Younger.  Pliny was a lawyer and author in Ancient Rome.  This points to an early origin of the […]

Pterosaur Eggs – What do we know?

Pterosaur Eggs – what do we know? Zhejiang Museum of Natural History, China, purchased a unique fossil, found by a local farmer of a Pterosaur lying next to a fossil egg.  It is assumed that the pterosaur laid the egg. Subsequent research suggests that pterosaurs behaved more like reptiles than birds when it comes to […]

Who was really King of the Dinosaurs?

Nanotyrannosaur was not quite at the top of the food chain thanks to big brother Rex,  but you would not want to meet Nano on a dark night!  Nanotyrannosaurs lived in the Upper Cretaceous Period and remains  are 70 million years old. Nanotyrannosaur teeth  have been found in Wyoming and were once thought to be […]

Amethyst, Amazing Facts I Didn’t Know

Amethyst Open Crystal Sphere

Amethyst, did you know … that it is one of the most popular and well-known semi-precious stones in the world.  It is a type of quartz with a few parts per million of iron.   This gives it the purple colouring for which it is famous.   It is sometimes heat treated to produce Citrine. […]

Charles Darwin and other great reads..

Charles Darwin

 Of Charles Darwin: ‘Fossils, Finches and Fuegians’, by Richard Keynes If you fancy a fascinating read, try  ‘Fossils, Finches and Fuegians’.  It is  an account of Charles Darwin ’s travels on ‘The Beagle’.   It is by his great grandson, Richard Keynes.   Here are a few bits that made us chuckle… “I am quite charmed with Geology […]