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Latest Jan Zalasiewicz Stories

Graptolite Fossils Offer New Insights On Colony Complexity
2012-10-03 09:48:09

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what is perhaps the best outcome of hoarding ever, researchers revisited the fossil records of a specimen that has been stored in a museum for over a century. Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz of the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester reviewed the fossil of the graptolite, a member of a planktonic colony that existed nearly a half billion years ago. This specific specimen was found in the Southern Uplands of Scotland....

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2010-11-30 09:04:22

The mystery of how an abundance of fossils have been marvelously preserved for nearly half a billion years in a remote region of Africa has been solved by a team of geologists from the University of Leicester's Department of Geology. They have established that an ancient wind brought life to the region "“ and was then instrumental in the preservation of the dead. Sarah Gabbott, Jan Zalasiewicz and colleagues investigated a site near the Table Mountains in South Africa. Their findings...

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2008-09-27 09:50:00

University of Leicester research on what legacy humans will leave in the rocks Jan Zalasiewicz, a lecturer in geology at the University of Leicester, has published a new study looking at the lasting impression made by mankind - 100 million years hence. He takes the perspective of alien explorers arriving on earth - their geologists study the layers of rock, using the many clues to piece together its history over several billion years A story unfolds of moving and changing continents, rising...

2008-02-04 13:10:01

A geologist from the University of Leicester has proposed an immense (1.5km) exhibition to illustrate the vastness of geological time and to give a vivid perspective of how quickly human activity is changing the climate. Sediments accumulate on deep ocean floors at a rate of a few centimeters every thousand years. The study of this "“ called stratigraphy "“ involves drilling vertically down into the sea bed to extract a sample core which gives a picture of continually changing...