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The Shropshire Mammoth – Talk by Dr Adrian Lister – 6pm Saturday 8th October

The Shropshire Mammoth – Talk by Dr Adrian Lister – 6pm Saturday 8th October
To commemorate the discovery of the Shropshire Mammoth 30 years ago Dr Adrian Lister will be giving a fascinating talk on the Shropshire Mammoth as part of our celebrations here at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The mammoth was discovered by Mrs Eve Roberts in September 1986 who noticed large bones protruding from a pile of clay whilst out walking in the gravel quarry, at Condover, Shropshire.

If anyone was involved in any way with this amazing find back in 1986 and would like to come along to the talk which will be followed by a buffet reception, they are welcome as our guest and are invited to please contact the centre to book their place.

Tickets are also available for the talk and buffet to members of the public at a charge of £15 per person.

Laura Harvey, Learning Development Officer at the centre, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for those people who assisted with this amazing discovery to come together again and re-live the excitement of such a unique find. Dr Lister played a central part in the project and we are delighted that he will be speaking about its great importance.”

Adrian Lister is a Research Leader in the Department of Earth Sciences of the Natural History Museum. He has authored nearly 200 scientific papers and his two books on mammoths have sold over 60,000 copies in six languages.

The Condover mammoths represent one of the most significant recent finds of fossil mammals from the British Late Quaternary [Ice Age]. Their importance derives from several factors:

1. The adult mammoth is by far the most complete and best-preserved woolly mammoth skeleton found in Britain elsewhere in northwest Europe.

2. The mammoths are the only Late-glacial [i.e. post-15,000 years ago] skeletons in western Europe.

3. The excellent preservation of the material has allowed detailed assessment of anatomy and pathology, including a remarkable re-healed scapular fracture.

4. Despite being recovered ex situ, detailed geological study and extensive palaeoenvironmental proxies [e.g. plant remains, blowfly pupae] have allowed a detailed reconstruction of the mammoths’ taphonomy [i.e. how it came to die and be preserved].

For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website: www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk

 


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