Author: fossiliam

Earth scientist in North Yorkshire, fossilist on the Dinosaur Coast. Director of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival and palaeontologist with Hidden Horizons. Can be found cricketing for Ovington CC. Can be found twittering as @fossiliam.

An Introduction to Geology: 1 (updated)

BEGINNINGS Lecture 1 handouts: 2014_IntroGeol_Lect1_SML (PowerPoint) 2014_IntroGeol_Lect1_SML (PDF) Useful links: James Hutton: Founder of Modern Geology (American Museum of Natural History article) Neptunism vs Plutonism (a Scientific American article) Charles Lyell and uniformitarianism (University of California Berkeley article) Darwin the geologist (Darwin correspondence project) How to use zircons to trace the earliest rocks on Earth (AMNH article) The Oldest Rock...

An Introduction To Fossils

To download the slides for my University of York Lifelong Learning class on fossils, click the following links: 2013_IntroFossils_pt1 2013_IntroFossils_pt2 For further information on fossils, the following websites are useful: Natural History Museum, London – fossils Natural History Museum, London – fossils of Britain Oxford University Museum – identifying invertebrate fossils BBC Nature – fossils British Geological Survey – Fossil...

Life Through Time – Evolutionary Palaeontology (Week 5)

The pdf of the lecture notes for week 5 can be found here: 2013_LifeThruTime_Lect5 Classifying species An interesting overview of fossils and the species concept can be read here. The International Code on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) explains why Carl von Linne/Carolus Linnaeus is the type specimen of Homo sapiens here. The Natural History Museum, meanwhile, explains the taxonomy of Neanderthals...