News from the Sector- August

News from the Sector is a monthly blog series featuring the latest geological and palaeontological news, jobs, exhibitions, and conferences. If you or your institution has anything they would like to add, or advertise on GCG’s News from the Sector, please get in touch at blog@geocurator.org. Conferences and Workshops The sixth Popularizing Palaeontology Workshop will … More News from the Sector- August

Good Collections Practice is a Shared Responsibility

Written by Pip Brewer, Curator of Fossil Mammals at the Natural History Museum London. A new PhD student contacts you to loan specimens critical to their project and the deadline is imminent. This is the first time they have contacted you. You already have several enquiries, loans and destructive sampling requests to process before you … More Good Collections Practice is a Shared Responsibility

An Investigation into Dating Remedial Actions Affecting Old Mineral Collections

Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Volunteer Curator The villains of this story are those minerals that have a remarkable aptitude for decay.  The heroes?  Those people who intervene and “stop the rot”.  With a bit of luck, the heroes have left behind clues as to the date of their intervention. I had … More An Investigation into Dating Remedial Actions Affecting Old Mineral Collections

Origin of Feathers 100 Million Years Before Birds

Written by Prof Michael Benton, Palaeobiology Research Group, University of Bristol. A new study (Yang et al. 2019) shows that pterosaurs, as well as dinosaurs had feathers, thus extending the origin of feathers minimally back to about 250 million years ago. Archaeopteryx, pretty much the oldest bird, dates from 150 million years ago, so that’s … More Origin of Feathers 100 Million Years Before Birds