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Surviving the last Ice Age in Sherford Cave and beyond (Geology Section)
Mon. 7 March 2022 at 7:30 pm
Excavations at Sherford, the new town near Plymouth, have uncovered 30–60,000-year-old fossils, belonging to woolly mammoths, woolly rhinoceros, hyena, horse, reindeer, mountain hare and red fox, giving an incredibly rare insight into Britain during the last Ice Age.
Danielle Schreve is Professor of Quaternary Science and a vertebrate palaeontologist in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. Her research focuses on Ice Age mammals and encompasses many different aspects including evolution, extinction, palaeoecology and mammalian responses to climate change, as well as reconstructing early human hunting behaviour and subsistence patterns
She has published extensively and has participated in numerous TV and radio programmes, including In Our Time, The Infinite Monkey Cage and Time Team. She is also a previous President of the Geologists’ Association. Danielle is an active fieldworker and is currently leading new excavations in various sites in the Mendip Hills in Somerset and beyond. Gully Cave, in Ebbor Gorge, is one of the most important sites in north-west Europe for understanding how species responded to rapid climate change at the end of the last Ice Age. Danielle will be reporting on 14 years of exciting research at this special location and then linking it with her research at the new bone cave site at Sherford in Devon, giving a preview of what has been found there.
We’re really pleased that she has agreed to speak to us and look forward to seeing what has been discovered. Danielle tells us that she has many more boxes to unpack!
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