Earth Stories

The latest geological news stories from the UK and around the world

  • 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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Jul 12, 2019

Fifty years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Dr Stuart Agrell was given VIP treatment and a police escort after flying into Heathrow from the USA because he was carrying a bag full of very precious rock material. The samples were amongst the most expensive ever collected as they had been retrieved from the moon by two of the American Apollo 11 mission astronauts. The programme of their investigation was a remarkable and unprecedented example of international scientific collaboration, which still continues.

Stuart Agrell on the underground with a carpet bag of rocks from the Apollo 11 missionGuess what I’ve got in my bag? 50 years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Stuart Agrell nonchalantly carried some of the most valuable rocks ever collected back to Cambridge in his holdall. (© Mirrorpix, reproduced with permission)



Jun 18, 2019

Two of the University of Cambridge’s museums, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and Museum of Zoology have been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award, it was announced today.