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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

Palaeontology still full of surprises!

The metre-long super predator Anomalocaris. Credit: Katrina Kenny / University of Adelaide.Geoscientist 22.05 June 2012

'Palaeontology is full of surprises' - How true is Richard Fortey’s remark! Anomalocaris, the Cambrian’s fiercest predator and grandest of Walcott’s Burgess Shale fossil finds in British Columbia, has now appeared in the Ordovician of Morocco, ‘king-sized’ and a metre long1,2.

The discovery was made in the Fezouata rock formation, 488-472 million years old, in southeastern Morocco. Another article by Thomas3 reports that a lone fossil found in the Devonian of Germany4 was obviously an Anomalocaridid, though not identified as such. This article has a creationist flavour, but the probable lesson to be learnt from these discoveries is that the fossil record is extremely incomplete, not that it is wrong (harking back to diluvian thinking). I would not be surprised if an Anomalocaridid is found like the Coelacanth, swimming off the remote Comoro Islands, which I visited on the flying boat ‘Canopus’ in 1942.


  1. Callaway, E 2011 Cambrian super-predators grew large in arms race
  2. Van Roy, P, Briggs, DEG 2011 Nature 473, 510-513
  3. Thomas, B 2011 Out of place marine fossil disrupts evolutionary index
  4. Kuhl, G , Briggs, D E G, Rust, J 2009 A great appendage arthropod with a radial mouth from the Lower Devonian, Hunsriik State, Germany Science 323(5915), 771-773