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David Oldroyd (20 January 1936 – 7 November 2014)

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Professor David Oldroyd, one of the most distinguished historians of geology of our time.

Ghosts of the Museum

The Upper Library of the Geological Society of London was transformed into its previous incarnation as the Society’s Museum, in order to provide the venue for ‘an elementary class on fossils’ given by Edward Charlesworth (1813-1883).

New explanation for Cambrian explosion?

A new evaluation of geological history might help resolve the riddle of the ‘Cambrian explosion’, the rapid diversification of animal life in the fossil record 530 million years ago.

Britain’s top ten geological sites

James Hutton’s Siccar Point and the spectacular basalt columns of Staffa have been chosen by the public as some of their favourite geosites. The top 10 geosites are part of Earth Science Week celebrations, which start today.

New book reveals story of Scotland’s national gem

Crystal Mountains – Minerals of the Cairngorms by HOGG Member Roy Starkey explores the long tradition of hunting for ‘Cairngorm stones’, which saw individuals – and even whole families – driven to search the mountains with zeal akin to the lust for gold.