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Long-overlooked museum fossils of ancient planktonic graptolites has provided researchers with new insight into the remarkably complex colonies of a species once thought to be extinct.
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.
University of Leicester research on what legacy humans will leave in the rocks.
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...