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South Devon caves and their ice-age history (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 10 April 2024 at 7:30 pm

Free

A talk by Prof. Malcolm Hart, PhD, DSc, FGS, CGeol, CSci.

In parts of South Devon (e.g. Plymouth, Buckfastleigh, Torbay) the Devonian limestones have extensive cave systems. These caves contain a wealth of fossil remains including mammoths, cave bears, hyenas, large sabre-toothed cats as well as early hominins (and their tools). This led William Pengelly to write some of the earliest papers on the ‘Antiquity of Man’ and to develop a chronology for the cave deposits. Kents Cavern is one of the most famous caves. Across Tor Bay, on Berry Head there are caves that are now at sea level containing a marine record of, probably, the last three ice-ages and their associated interglacials.

Considered with finds from Plymouth’s Cattedown Caves and the recent discovery of megafauna at Sherford, South Devon has a near unique record of cave history as will be presented in this lecture.

 

 

Details

Date:
Wed. 10 April 2024
Time:
7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
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Organiser

Plymouth Branch
Phone:
Colin Kilvington: 01752 564972
Email:
cckilvington@btinternet.com

Venue

The Plymouth Athenaeum
Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW
Website:
http://plymouthathenaeum.co.uk/