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Fossils and Mud - A Jurassic Adventure

10 June 2015
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Having spent over 25 years wallowing around in mud, Neville Hollingworth will introduce you to some of the finer aspects of the Middle Jurassic of North Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire. There currently are  some excellent exposures of the Oxford Clay exposed on the floors and sides of drainage ditches in gravel pits within the Upper Thames valley. Apart from the stratigraphy, the outcrops are abundantly fossiliferous and this has provided an unrivalled opportunity to collect lots of fossils,  some of which are not found on equivalent coastal exposures.

This lecture will be a pictorial tour of some quite unusual sites, digging techniques, notable characters and chance discoveries that made the national news.

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Neville Hollingworth

University of Birmingham

Neville studied geology at Newcastle University followed by a PhD at the University of Durham. He was a Research Fellow at the Open University and then pursued a career in Programme Management.

For the past 15 years Neville has worked in various roles within the UK’s Scientific Research Councils. His primary interests are in Earth Sciences,in particular palaeobiology, palaeoenvironments and climate change.

He has published a variety of papers primarily in palaeobiology and stratigraphy, as well as various field guides to world famous fossiliferous sequences. Neville is an acknowledged authority on British Jurassic Stratigraphy and associated marine biotas, and is a keen field geologist.

Neville currently conducts collaborative research with colleagues at the University of Birmingham where he is an Honorary Research Associate.

Event information

The talk will be given twice on the same day, once at 3pm and once at 6pm – please note that if you would like to attend the talks, the 3pm matinee generally has more availability. The talks will be exactly the same in the afternoon and evening.

Due to the popularity of the lectures, places are allocated on a ballot basis. The ballot for this lecture is closed. To enquire about attending the lecture please contact the Conference Office.

Programme – 3pm talk
2:30pm Tea & Coffee
3pm Lecture begins
4pm Event ends

Programme – 6pm talk
5:30pm Tea & Coffee
6pm Lecture begins
7pm Short drinks reception
8pm Event ends

Please note that the doors to Burlington House will close at 6.15pm and you will not be able to enter the building after this time.

To find out when the ballot is open for future lectures, please email [email protected] to register your details. 

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