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Pavement Palaeontology

Pavement Palaeontology

Duration:2 hours total
Includes:Equipment
Languages:Offered in English
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About your host

I hold a Ph. D. in Palaeobiology (the study of ecology and evolution in deep time) and am a Chartered Geologist. During my research career I carried out research in the Smithsonian Institute Museum of Natural History, The Natural History Museum, London and The Natural History Museum, Berlin. I have run geological walks for a wide range of groups in various places in Scotland since going freelance…
Alistair
Alistair
Alistair
Alistair

What we’ll do

Easy walk on the streets of central Edinburgh to find fossils in the building stones and pavements. Discover fish, ammonoids, plants and other fossilised critters and find out more about 'deep time' and the history of life on Earth as recorded in the rocks. Looking at buildings and the historic landscape of Edinburgh also leads on to stories about the social and cultural history of the city.

What else you should know

The tour does not require you to know anything about geology or fossils before coming along. Al is used to dealing with a wide range of clients from other geologists to people at science festivals.

What I’ll provide

Equipment
Handouts about the sites Hand lenses and magnifiers

What to bring

Clothing for active travel around the city; sunblock or wind/waterproofs as needed; drink and a snack if you like
Any prescribed or over-the-counter MEDICATION you might require

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Where you'll be

The Pavement Palaeontology tour offers the chance to find fossils in places around central Edinburgh. The sites themselves are all in public places but what Al offers is the ability to spot and interpret the fossils and examine them with magnifiers with a qualified palaeontologist.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Clothing for active travel around the city; sunblock or wind/waterproofs as needed; drink and a snack if you like

More tips

The tour does not require you to know anything about geology or fossils before coming along. Al is used to dealing with a wide range of clients from other geologists to people at science festivals.

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Alistair
Pavement Palaeontology
30 reviews
£10/person
30 reviews
£10/person