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
Written by Dr Emma Nicholls, Deputy Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. On the 15th September of this year, I decided to fight my urge to avoid the weekend trains and travelled across London to Crystal Palace Park. Oh my word am I glad I did, it was the best day … More Up Inside Historic Dinosaurs
Written by Matthew Parkes, Assistant Keeper (Curator of Geology), Natural History Collections at the National Museum of Ireland. Contradictions, Conundrums and Lies Before you switch off, this isn’t another opinion piece on the ramblings of a dodgy political leader. The ordinary life of a geological curator can be filled with difficult choices, confused by conundrums … More Contradictions, Conundrums and Lies
Written by Kirsty Lloyd, CryoArks Technician at the Natural History Museum London. On Wednesday the 25th of July 2018 I attended my first Geological Curators’ Group Event. I confess I am not a geologist or a curator, my background is natural history. At the time I worked in museum learning, when I saw the replica … More Making Replicas of your Specimens
Written by Roy Starkey, author of Minerals of the English Midlands. Probably many people harbour a desire to write a book but how many of them follow through on this aspiration? What are the issues to be addressed, and the hurdles to be overcome? GCG member Roy Starkey provides a personal insight from the author’s … More So You Think You Want to Write a Book?
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