TW:eed Project comes to Berwick Educational Association

The TW:eed Project is a multi-disciplinary scientific research project studying fossils in the Tweed Valley from the early Carboniferous '˜Tournaisian' stage, about 350 million years ago.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 28 February, 2016, 08:00

This is a significant period in the history of Life on Earth, when four-legged creatures called Tetrapods were the first to move from the aquatic environment onto land.

However, until recently there has been a serious gap of approximately 30 million years in the fossil record (called Romer’s Gap) covering this critical period, and we thus had little or no knowledge of these creatures and the environment they developed in.

Now recent fossil discoveries in the Tweed Valley – initially on the banks of the Whiteadder Water – and elsewhere have started to fill-in the gaps in our knowledge of this important time in the earth’s history.

The initial results of the TW:eed Project are now displayed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh in a special exhibition until August 14 entitled Fossil Hunters – Unearthing the Mystery of Life on Land.

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On Thursday, March 17, the BEA is fortunate to have secured Dr Nick Fraser, a member of the TW:eed Project, to give a talk at the William Elder Building in Castlegate, from 10am to 11.30am, on the significance of the latest fossil finds and the importance of the Tweed Valley in helping to fill in the missing history of our planet.

Dr Fraser is head of the Department of Natural Sciences at the National Museum of Scotland and has over 25 years experience of vertebrate palaeontology research, with a significant publications record, including papers in nature, palaentology, and the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

He has a particularly strong record of leading field operations in a variety of strata worldwide, including large-scale field excavations in China, the east North American Coastal Plain and 10 successive field seasons in the dinosaur-rich Jurassic Badlands of Wyoming, USA.

The cost of the lecture is £3, including refreshments.