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"Geology in the West Country" - 5 new articles

  1. What's really warming the world?
  2. Significance of bizarre exteinct creature revealed
  3. June 27th - Bicentenary celebration of William Smith and local history, Timsbury
  4. July 2nd - Global greenhouse event 55 million years ago
  5. Mini ice age?
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What's really warming the world?


Significance of bizarre exteinct creature revealed

A bizarre extinct creature that has mystified scientists since its 500m-year fossil was first unearthed more than a century ago has finally revealed its teeth – placing it centre stage in the evolution of many complex life-forms living today.
Hallucigenia, which owes its name to its unworldly appearance, was so odd that scientists initially confused its top from its bottom and its head from its tail. However, a study has now unequivocally identified its mouth, complete with a fearsome ring of sharp teeth.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have also identified a pair of simple eyes on Hallucigenia’s head and have determined that it was a close relative of the last common ancestor of everything from tiny velvet roundworms to huge lobsters.
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June 27th - Bicentenary celebration of William Smith and local history, Timsbury



    

July 2nd - Global greenhouse event 55 million years ago

The Paleocene - Eocene thermal maximum: a geological insight into what is to come?
Dr. Stephen Grimes, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University
July 2nd, 7.30p.m.
The Paleocene - Eocene thermal maximum is a global greenhouse event that happened approximately 55 million years ago. This talk will explore the causes of this event and the impact it had upon the global biota and whether it can provide insights into what may happen if current global climate change continues unchecked.
7.30 p.m. BRLSI, 16 Queen Square, Bath
Everyone welcome, visitors £4, free refreshments
Bath Geological Society
    

Mini ice age?

Mini Ice Age may be heading our way! Met Office issues warning that temperatures could plummet as Sun enters cooler phase. The last big chill was felt hundreds of years ago when Frost Fairs were held on the frozen River Thames. The prediction is based on counting sun spots – dark patches on the sun – that are hot spots and signs of increased solar activity.
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