Talk: Mary Anning, The Fossil Woman by Tom Sharpe

Virtual (Zoom or YouTube) Zoom as if from - St Francis of Assisi R C Church, Kenilworth

Introduction: It has been said that more has been written about Mary Anning, the fossil dealer of Lyme Regis, than about any other geologist, apart from Charles Darwin. But how much do we really know? How much is speculation? And how much is myth that has developed through the uncritical telling and retelling of her tale over the course of two centuries? Are we seeing a new Anning myth in the making, thanks to a recent film? Separating the facts from the fictions about Mary Anning can be challenging, but her story is a remarkable tale in its own right. This talk will examine what we know of the life of this extraordinary woman, her famous - and less well-known - discoveries, and her part within the wider network of the developing science of palaeontology in the early nineteenth century, and will seek to dispel at least a few of the Mary myths.

Free

Talk: Iapetus No More – The continental collision that shaped Scotland by Angus Miller

Zoom Video Talk
Online Event

Five hundred million years ago, the Iapetus Ocean lay between three continents in the southern hemisphere. The tectonics of the next 100 million years brought different segments of continent together, formed the grain of the land and created the building blocks of much of Scotland’s landscape. This talk will explore the closure of the Iapetus Ocean, the formation of most of the metamorphic and igneous rocks of the Highlands and Southern Uplands, and the complex events that together make the most significant event in Scotland’s geological history.

Free

Talk: ‘Henry Clifton Sorby – Sheffield’s Greatest Scientist’ by Noel Worley

Online Via Zoom or YouTube

‘Henry Clifton Sorby, Microscopist & Geologist – Sheffield’s Greatest Scientist’ by Noel Worley Samples re Henry Clifton Sorby The purpose of the talk is to review his principle successes, to examine the circumstances surrounding Henry Clifton Sorby’s life in Sheffield between 1826 to his death in 1908;

Free

March 2021: Stuart Blake: An introduction to The Geology of Iceland

Zoom Video Talk

Wed 17 March 2021: Stuart Blake: "An Introduction to the Geology of Iceland" IntroductionThe geology of Iceland is unique. Situated on the divergent boundary between the Eurasian plate and the North American plate, it also lies above a hotspot, the Iceland plume. The plume is believed to have caused the formation of Iceland itself, the ...

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Feb 2021 Talk: “Geological Time and the Anthropocene.” by Ian Fairchild

Zoom Video Talk

Geological Time and the Anthropocene by Ian Fairchild Outline:– There is little doubt that mankind’s impact on the natural environment has increased dramatically in recent decades but … are we now living in a new epoch of geological time: the Anthropocene? Concepts from Earth System Science agree with stratigraphic markers that we went outside the range ...

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Jan 2021 Talk: New Ordovician fossil discovery in Wales

Zoom Video Talk

Castle Bank: A new Ordovician Burgess Shale-type fauna in Wales, by Dr Joe Botting ” … most important fossil discovery since Fezouata Biota … potential to revolutionise our view of Ordovician evolution & ecosystems,” Dr Joe Botting. Outline The Burgess Shale-type faunas of the Cambrian provide one of the best windows into ancient ecosystems, preserving ...

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Dec 2020 Talk: History & Hidden Gems of the Lapworth Museum of Geology, Aerona Moore

Zoom Video Talk

History and Hidden Gems of the Lapworth Museum of Geology, Aerona Moore Outline The Lapworth Museum of Geology holds the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands. Dating back to 1880, it is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK. Enabling visitors to explore life over ...

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Nov 2020 Talk: The Jurassic Coast: The biggest story on Earth, Richard Edmonds

Zoom Video Talk

This evening’s Zoom Talk will be preceded by WGCG AGM at 7:00pm, for 30 mins WGCG 2020 AGM – Zoom will open at 06:30 pm for a 7.00 pm start for the AGM.  The lecture will follow at 7.30 pm. The Annual Report for the AGM has been e-mailed to members. All members are encouraged to participate. Description: A ...

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Oct 2020 Talk: From Coprolites to Cholera, the life of William Buckland, by Peter Lincoln

Zoom Video Talk

To WGCG Members, Friends and Guests,We are pleased to have another talk via Zoom on Wed 21 Oct 2020 at 7.00 for a prompt 7:30 pm start.The talk will be at 7:30 pm followed by the WGCG 2020 AGM From Coprolites to Cholera – the extraordinary life of William Buckland, Presented by Peter Lincoln AbstractWilliam ...

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