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Quick review of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival 2015

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On Saturday we visited the Yorkshire Fossil Festival in Scarborough. Although it is rather late in the year, the weather was glorious. For most of the day there was barely a cloud in the sky. There were plenty of exhibits aimed at people of all ages and interests (e.g. fossils, minerals, meteorites, etc.), including exhibits from the local Rotunda Museum, in addition to those from  further afield, e.g. the Natural History Museum, London, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, as well as learned societies such as the Palaeontological Association and the Geological Association. Our author, Dean Lomax (of Dinosaur...

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Ever Wondered about the First Animals on Land - Listen to our author radio interview

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Have you ever wondered about what the first animals to move from the oceans onto the land looked like? How about whether or not there is any evidence of them in the fossil record and if so where does it come from and what are the key fossils that provide the clues? The answers to these questions have been provided in our beautifully illustrated book: Solving the Mystery of the First Animals on Land: The Fossils of Blackberry Hill, published in July. To find out more about the remarkable fossil trackways and body fossils of the first forays onto land...

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Dinosaur Britain author book signing Scarborough Fossil Festival 2015

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This Saturday and Sunday (19 and 20 September) our author Dean Lomax and co-presenter of the recent Dinosaur Britain TV documentary series will be at the Yorkshire Fossil Festival in Scarborough taking questions from the public & signing copies of his Siri Scientific Press books Dinosaurs of the British Isles & Fossils of the Whitby coast.                                                    Please show your support for Dean and pick up a great book (or two) in the process, signed and...

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Unusual fossil flea in 15-20 million-year-old amber

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Fossilized fleas in amber are exceptionally rare, with only a handful of specimens discovered to date. All of these have been referred to modern groups still alive today, including (initially), a remarkable specimen in Dominican amber with unique features that warrant new tribal status. These properties are five-segmented maxillary palps and a pair of cerci-like organs positioned on tergite-X near the tip of the abdomen. The new species Atopopsyllus cionus was described by Dr. George Poinar, Jr., an entomologist from Oregon State University who published his findings in the latest edition of the Journal of Medical Entomology. Atopopsyllus cionus in Miocene...

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Spider Conference Coming to UK

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Every three years the International Society of Arachnology (ISA) organizes a large international conference (the next one is in USA, 2016), with regional (Europe, USA, etc.) meetings being hosted by local societies and held in each of the intervening two years. The next (30th) European meeting will be held in the UK and hosted by Dr Sara Goodacre and colleagues at the University of Nottingham in 2017, as confirmed at the recent European Society of Arachnology conference just held in the Czech Republic. There is no website as yet, but one will be made available in due course and a...

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