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Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte – from Victorian hammer to twenty first century laboratory

Wed 21 July, 2021 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm BST

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Live online talk: Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte – from Victorian hammer to twenty first century laboratory

Somerset geologist Charles Moore discovered and collected remarkable fossils, near to his hometown of Ilminster, in the 1840s. His ‘saurian, fish, and insect bed’ contained exquisite animal fossils, uncompressed and exceptional in their detail. Though preserved at BRLSI since he first deposited his collection in 1854, Moore’s Lower Jurassic ecosystem was barely studied and was forgotten by all but a handful of specialists.

In 2010 BRLSI Collections Manager, Matt Williams, joined forces with renowned palaeontologist Professor Mike Benton to bring the secrets of this long-overlooked treasure trove to light. In this talk, Matt will explain the history of its discovery and excavation, and the last decade of preparation, promotion and research, which has revealed the BRLSI’s Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte as a unique and internationally important resource for science.

Matt Williams, BRLSI Collections Manager

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