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“Jurassic Day” at the Stamford Library

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Jurassic Day

Saturday / February 10th / 2018 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Jurassic Day for all the family at Stamford Library from 10-3.30pm.

Fun for all the family including fossil identification, Dinosaur story time for the under 5s, Colouring, quizzes, a dinosaur hunt around the library and making a Rutland dinosaur collage.

STAMFORD LIBRARY

The Stamford library (pictured above) is situated on the High Street in a central location and is one of the most striking buildings in this historic town. Alongside a wide ranging book collection the library also offers public access computers, a dedicated children’s library and comprehensive local studies collection. The library also houses the Discover Stamford exhibition, a fascinating display highlighting the towns heritage, with the Stamford Tapestry taking centre stage.

An ammonite from “Buntings Lane”

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For those SDGS members who remember Buntings Lane, Borrow Pit, Stanground in Peterborough. I’d like to show you a Kosmoceras Proniae found (c.1985) in the glacial drift. And derived from the Middle Oxford Clay, Athleta zone

Once quite common from this particular location (now a nature reserve) especially as these days you would be hard pushed to find such an exposure anywhere else in the UK

Thank you to Ivor Crowson.

It was a great evening with the world famous “Rutland Dinosaur”

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Thank you to Dr Mark Evans (pictured above)  for “reintroducing” the Stamford and District Geological Society to the Rutland Dinosaur last night at Tinwell Village Hall, especially as certain members in the audience were involved in some kind of way as Mark told the story from the dinosaurs discovery to its present progress. With new developments from continued ongoing work, this really is a find of such importance.

It was also great to see some additional information brought in on the night from members Terry & Jean, of photos with Alan Dawn and others, showing some of the bones of the Rutland Dinosaur at Stamford College.

And thank you to Ivor Crowson (pictured with Mark below for arranging the talk.)

p.s. There was a snippet of information that Mark had told us about at the end of the talk, that involved Dr Jeff Liston and colleagues, who are apparently trying to decipher this quote from Mark below.

“So here we have Cetiosaurus oxoniensis “or” it might not be” 😉

Thank you to everyone for a great night

SDGS

The society’s final two winter talk speakers for 2018 will be.

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Just to let you know the society’s final two winter talk speakers for 2018 will be.

Cherie Carlill: Wednesday the 14 February 2018: 7.30pm to 9.30pm: Talk Titled: Introduction to Hydrogeology

Iain Thornton: Wednesday the 14 March 2018: 7.30pm to 9.30pm: Talk Titled: Geochemistry & Health in Remote Areas

With full descriptive details to follow

Regards,

SDGS.

Smokejacks quarry insects

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Photo above showing the piece of nodule I prepped out.

Below are some identification’s kindly passed onto me through the Natural History Museums (NaturePlus) website by palaeoentomologist, Dr. Andrew Ross. From finds found on the SDGS most recent visit to Smokejacks quarry.

(1a) A partial cockroach forewing (Blattulidae) lying below a beetle elytron (coincidence, not associated).

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(1b) A partial cockroach forewing (Blattulidae) lying below a beetle elytron (coincidence, not associated).

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A partial cockroach forewing (Blattulidae).

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A beetle elytron with fish vertebra

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Just for people that do not know. The sediments hold an incredible insect bed at Smokejacks Quarry and are from an Early Cretaceous environment. (Upper Weald Clay Formation – Barremian – 125 to 130 million years old) with studies showing that they were deposited in a lake/lagoon to a river mud plain environment.

AN EVENINGS TALK TITLED: JURASSIC SEA: FROM TINY LIFE TO GREAT SEA DRAGONS BY NAOMI STEVENSON

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Featured image titled…“Bait Ball” Museum of Jurassic Marine Life.

In a desperate attempt to avoid capture thousands of Thrissops fish swarm together into a bait ball. Trachyteuthis belemnites and Pectinatites ammonites also take action to leave the scene as three Ichthyosaurs (unnamed) hunt for prey. The youngest Ichthyosaur darts into the bait ball causing the Thrissops to separate and open a writhing circular window to the ocean surface above.

Used with kind permission from Paleocreations.com

Link for this event below:

JURASSIC SEA: FROM TINY LIFE TO GREAT SEA DRAGONS BY NAOMI STEVENSON

Insect fossil from Smokejacks quarry

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Found by one of the SDGS members from Smokejacks quarry an interesting specimen on this sideritic ironstone nodule, measuring under a 1.0mm approximately 0.3mm in length, was quite difficult to photograph.

Sideritic ironstone nodule

Partial Cockroach

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Partial Cockroach

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The insect is has now been confirmed as cockroach. See the cockroach chapter in English Wealden fossils (p.177, text-fig. 14.2B) for a good comparison. It would be difficult to put an exact species on it as not all the cockroaches have been described, and apparently need the complete wing.

“The Stamford and District Geological Society are pleased to announce that we have affiliated to Deposits Magazine and UKGE. This brings a great benefit to all members. As members will now receive a free quarterly PDF copy of deposits, packed with superb articles on fossils, rocks and minerals as part of their Membership of the SDGS. With newly signed up members also benefiting from this fantastic offer as part of joining the Stamford and District Geological Society.

More information on the magazine and online back articles can be found at www.depositsmag.com, and geological tools and equipment can be obtained from the link below.”

Dr Mark Evans talks about 50 years of the Rutland Dinosaur

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Neck vertebrae and restored skull of the Rutland C.oxoniensis

The sauropod known as the “Rutland Dinosaur” was discovered on the 19th of June 1968 and is one of the most complete specimens of a dinosaur, ever found in the United Kingdom.

Dr Mark Evans curator of natural sciences at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery will give an interesting insight into 50 years of the Rutland Dinosaur.

Full details at the link below :

50 Years On The Rutland Dinosaur

“The Stamford and District Geological Society are pleased to announce that we have affiliated to Deposits Magazine and UKGE. This brings a great benefit to all members. As members will now receive a free quarterly PDF copy of deposits, packed with superb articles on fossils, rocks and minerals as part of their Membership of the SDGS. With newly signed up members also benefiting from this fantastic offer as part of joining the Stamford and District Geological Society.

More information on the magazine and online back articles can be found at www.depositsmag.com, and geological tools and equipment can be obtained from the link below.”

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