Earth Stories

The latest geological news stories from the UK and around the world
Image © 2019 Luca Telesca
  • Mussels could ‘tough out’ climate change

    Moules-frites or moules mariniere are common pub food these days but will the very edible mussel survive climate change and its impact on their marine habitats? New research by Luca Telesca of the Department of Earth Sciences suggests that the common Atlantic blue mussels could indeed ‘tough out’ climate change…. Read more

  • When size first mattered and why - 'giant' Edicarans. Read more
  • After 130 years, the dinosaur family tree gets dramatically redrawn - The Atlantic. Read more
  • A new hypothesis of dinosaur relationships and early dinosaur evolution - Nature Read more
  • The extinction event - A Naked Scientists interview with Dr David Norman Listen here
  • World's oldest muscle-fibre fossil reveals origin of legs Read more
  • Researchers found that Psittacosaurus would be well-camouflaged in forests Read More
  • Canada’s 10th geological World Heritage Site - Mistaken Point Read More
  • Six amazing dinosaur discoveries that changed the world Read More
  • Mysterious footprint fossils point to dancing dinosaur mating ritual Read More
  • Naturalists are becoming an endangered species Read More
  • Sex life of ancient Fractofusus organism revealed Read More
  • Is iron rain the reason why Earth and the moon are so different? Read More
  • Centre of the earth seems turned on it's side Read More
  • The winners and losers of ocean acidification Read More
  • New three-dimensional reconstructions show how some of the earliest animals on Earth developed. Read More
  • A new fossil discovery identifies the earliest evidence for animals with muscles. Read More
  • Iceland volcano: New quakes raise concern over large eruption Read More
  • The world’s weirdest creature finds descendants in cuddly velvet worms Read More
  • Dinosaurs that led to birds were shrinking for millions of years. Read more.
  • New fossil find pinpoints the origin of jaws in vertebrates. Read more
  • Scientists at work: revealing strange fossils from the first carnival of animals on Earth more
  • Volcano eruptions have deep origins read more
  • How Earth became a jigsaw puzzle read more
  • Oldest Cardiovascular System Found in Ancient Shrimplike Creature read more
  • Minerals preserved in diamond have revealed hints of the bright blue rocks that exist deep within the Earth. read more
  • Resurrecting dinosaurs with medical scanners and 3D printers read more
  • The turtle that ate with a straw! read more
  • Sparkling meteorite provides a glimpse of Martian history. read more




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Sep 12, 2019

This week we reached a major landmark in the development of the Museum’s new Collections Research Centre. We’ve just been handed the keys to the brand new Colin Forbes Building, a purpose-built collections store to house our internationally important rock and fossil collections.  We now start the ambitious task of moving our rock collection – weighing more than 150 tonnes – from a variety of locations across Cambridge.  Bringing our collections together, and creating a space where we can welcome research visitors enables us to take a big step towards our aim of creating a world-leading centre for Earth Sciences collections research.



Aug 13, 2019

This summer, young visitors to some of our UCM museums have the opportunity to participate in an exciting artist-led treasure hunt. Hidden Tales: the Riddle of the White Sphinx, created by Mark Wells and Sorrel May, and illustrated by Jennifer Bell encourages families to explore our museums in a different way... Author Mark Wells tells all here.