08 February 2007

 

An invitation

560 million and 50 year Birthday for Leicester's oldest celebrity

Dr Mark A. Purnell of the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester has kindly invited us to the Annual Saturday Seminar to be held at the University on 10 March.

LEICESTER'S FOSSIL CELEBRITY: CHARNIA AND THE EVOLUTION OF EARLY LIFE

Tickets for the seminar and reception are £20.00 with a buffet lunch or £15.00 without - full details and application for tickets here).

Organised by Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society Section C (Geology) in conjunction with the Department of Geology, University of Leicester, & Leicester Museums and Galleries

The reception will formally open an exhibition of local and international Ediacaran fossils called 'Charni@ 50' and will launch a new BGS map of the geology of Charnwood. The public exhibition opens 11 March - 15 April 2007.

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Comments:
There was an article in New Scientist (14 April, pp.34-38) about these Ediacarans. The structure of the earliest ones (Rangeomorphs) is described as fractal. They represent "the first great experiment in complex multicellular life".
 

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