Vertebrate Palaeontology
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Festival of Geology 2014

Festival of Geology 2014

The annual Festival of Geology will take place on Saturday 1 November at UCL with filed trips on Sunday 2nd November.  For this year we have invited Professor Peter Styles who will talk about 'Shale Gas: What the frack is that all about!?'  Richard Edmonds will follow with the presentation about ‘Fossils and fossil collecting along the Jurassic Coast’.  For the afternoon session we have scheduled two talks one by Professor Iain Stewart - ‘Planet Oil’ and the second one by Dr. Laurance Donnelly - ‘Forensic Geology: The Applications of Geology to Policing and Law Enforcement’. More...

Published: Oct 27, 2014 4:52:06 PM

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Vertebrate Palaeontology

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Vertebrate palaeontology is the study of the fossil record of organisms with a backbone (Chordates). Vertebrate groups range from the first marine fish through the earliest air-breathing amphibians through to fully terrestrial reptiles and mammals.

A detailed examination of ancient vertebrate fossils can give us an insight to patterns of evolution, ecology and ontogeny as well as providing information through isotopic analysis of recent changes in climate.