The Biota of Early Terrestrial Ecosystems: 

The Rhynie Chert

(A Teaching and Learning Resource)

 

Picture of the Rhynie Chert and palaeoenvironment

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The Biota of Early Terrestrial Ecosystems: The Rhynie Chert has now been translated into Belorussian by Patric Conrad.


The Proceedings of The Rhynie Hot-Spring System: Geology, Biota and Mineralisation conference have now been published.


In July 2004 we exhibited at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition! Our exhibit was entitled '410 million years ago in Scotland: Fossils from the Rhynie chert'.

 

A summary of the 17 - 20 September 2003 conference: The Rhynie Hot-Spring System: Geology, Biota and Mineralisation

 

About this site

This web site is designed as a learning and teaching resource based on the Rhynie chert, a rock formation from northeast Scotland that contains a superbly preserved 400 million year old terrestrial and freshwater flora and fauna. The site is designed to be of greatest value for Honours Geology students but can be used by anyone with an interest in earth or life sciences. The site comprises two main components:

  1. The Learning Resource

    The first is primarily a resource site for students and teachers covering many aspects of the present knowledge of this unique geological deposit and its scientific significance. It also includes glossary and bibliography pages, as well as a page containing links to many other Rhynie chert websites and related sites of interest (to enter this site click on the icon above left).

  2. Suggestions For Tutors

    The second part provides guidance for teachers in this subject area. It is primarily aimed at a university  Honours degree level but can be utilised at any level. The content is primarily of value in geology teaching, but has relevance to botany, zoology, ecology and history of science (to enter this site click on the icon above right).

 

Partnerships

This teaching and learning resource has been funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee. It has been authored by the Rhynie chert Research Group, University of Aberdeen, UK (see list of authors below) with contributions and support by the Palaeobotanical Research Group, University of Münster, Germany, the Centre for Palynology, University of Sheffield, UK, The Natural History Museum, London, UK and The Royal Museum, National Museums of Scotland.

Joint Information Systems Committee logo              Palaeobotanical Research Group, University of Münster logo

Centre for Palynology, University of Sheffield logo                 The Natural History Museum, London logo                The Royal Museum, National Museums of Scotland logo

 

 

Authors

Picture of Dr. N. H. Trewin Prof. Dr Nigel H. Trewin

Dept. of Geology & Petroleum Geology, Meston Building, Kings College, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB24 3UE.

Email:  n.trewin@abdn.ac.uk

Picture of Dr. S. R. Fayers Dr Stephen R. Fayers

Dept. of Geology & Petroleum Geology, Meston Building, Kings College, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB24 3UE.

Email:  s.fayers@abdn.ac.uk

Picture of Dr. L. I. Anderson Dr Lyall I. Anderson

Dept. of Geology & Zoology, National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1JF.

Email:  l.anderson@nms.ac.uk

 

 

Note on Copyright: Unless otherwise stated the copyright of all images on this site is owned by the University of Aberdeen.