A Geological History of Britain – Part 3

The Precambrian of England and Wales

The lecture notes for the class can be found here: 2012_GHB_Lect3.

The Precambrian Rocks of England and Wales (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) – the webpage can be found here, the first chapter can be found here, and a list of the geological localities can be found here.

The Neoproterozoic of England and Wales (Geological Society) can be found here.

GeoMon, an excellent new website on the geology of Anglesey can be accessed by clicking here.  (Should you wish to delve further, the paper comparing the Monian Terrane with modern-day Japan can be found here).

Case study – the Precambrian rocks and fossils of Charnwood:

The British Geological Survey has produced a series of geological walk guidebooks, including one on Charnwood Forest and Mountsorrel (Click here to find out how to buy it through the Ordnance Survey shop).

A guide to the geology of Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood, Leicestershire, has also been produced by the Natural Environment Research Council (Click here).

David Attenborough discusses the importance of the discovery of Precambrian fossils in Leicestershire (click here to listen).

Charnia @ 50 – a meeting held at Leicester University in 2007 to celebrate 50 years since the discovery of the Charnian fossils (Click here to read my report).

Other links

If you want to find out more about Aspidella terranovica, the fossil specimens from Newfoundland I showed in class, I have written a short piece about them here.


Earth scientist in North Yorkshire, fossilist on the Cote de Saur. Director of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival and palaeontologist for hire. Can be found twittering and facebooking as @fossiliam.


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