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Greene’s Tutorial College, Announce 50th Anniversary Scholarship Awards

Press Releases   •   Mar 13, 2017 18:49 GMT

Greene’s Tutorial College, Oxford have today announced that registration is now open for its 50th Anniversary Scholarship Awards scheme. A limited number of scholarships for both A levels and the Geoscience Diploma are available for study at either of their campuses in Oxford or Lisbon (Estoril).

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New evidence of earliest life discovered

Blog posts   •   Mar 13, 2017 18:47 GMT

Researchers from University College London (UCL) have discovered fossil evidence for the earliest life forms yet discovered on Earth. Microscopic filaments of primitive bacteria were recovered from a sequence of iron-rich sedimentary and volcanic deposits located in northern Quebec, Canada which push back the record of life on Earth to some 4.2 billion years ago, some 400 million years earlier than the previous record.

Dr Alex Mitlehner, Geoscience course director at Greene’s Tutorial College, Oxford and former researcher at UCL with a publications record in the field of microfossils, considers this a milestone in scientific discovery said,

“This find pushes back evidence for life on Earth and leaves the possibility open for discovering fossil evidence for similar life-forms, here and elsewhere in the Solar System, including Mars and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Students studying the new Greene’s Geoscience diploma will be able to learn about this and similar discoveries, and who knows may themselves one day be in the forefront of similar breakthrough scientific research”.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) have discovered fossil evidence for the earliest life forms yet discovered on Earth.

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Rock Star’s Global Tour Announced

Blog posts   •   Mar 13, 2017 18:47 GMT

What a month March has been for breaking stories in the world of Geoscience providing much debate and excitement at Greene’s.

Today we learn that London’s Natural History Museum is sending one of its most delicate fossil specimens of Archaeopteryx, the so-called ‘first bird’ on a global tour starting in Japan.

Accompanying the bird will be animals that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection, a lion from the royal menagerie and an exquisite glass model of an octopus

The museum will share the world-leading collection’s most extraordinary items internationally for the first time. Making its debut with a three-month run at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, from the 18th March 2017.

Research publish in the journal Nature Communications revealed that, according to palaeontologists, dinosaurs living 160 years ago had drumstick shaped legs much like living birds providing the ‘Best ever' view of what a dinosaur really looked like.

Our blog below highlights the Earliest evidence of life on Earth ‘found’ with comment from
Dr Alex Mitlehner, Geoscience course director at Greene’s Tutorial College, Oxford and former researcher at UCL with a publications record in the field of microfossils who you can meet at the Greene’s Geoscience Open Day, University College, Oxford Sunday 19th March.

What a month March has been for breaking stories in the world of Geoscience providing much debate and excitement at Greene’s. Today we learn that London’s Natural History Museum is sending one of its most delicate fossil specimens of Archaeopteryx, the so-called ‘first bird’ on a global tour starting in Japan.

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