Category Archives: Proterozoic

New at Erratics – the largest meteorite crater in the world

The clinching evidence for the Vredefort dome being formed by an impact did not come from aerial photos, but from under the microscope. Continue reading

Categories: links, planets, Proterozoic, structures

New at Erratics: from lahar to suevite

In his second post at Earth Science Erratics Simon Wellings reveals a rather interesting deskcrop, collected from Scotland in his youth: Since it was picked up, this rock has changed identities: what was once thought to be a mud flow … Continue reading

Categories: planets, Proterozoic, rocks & minerals

Snowball Earth no problem for sponges

Evidence from numerous sources seems to be converging to suggest that sponges – the first animals – emerged much earlier than the beginning of the Cambrian, and apparently sailed through severe climatic events in the Cryogenian without much trouble at all. Continue reading

Categories: fossils, geology, paper reviews, past worlds, Proterozoic

Glacial deposits new and old in the Scottish isles

Islay – one of the birthplaces of the Snowball Earth. And good whisky. Continue reading

Categories: deep time, geology, outcrops, past worlds, photos, Proterozoic, rocks & minerals

How do we know Gabon’s ‘multicellular’ fossils are 2.1 billion years old?

The fossil record prior to 550 million years ago is so patchy that every discovery is going to cause some fanfare. That is certainly case with these odd looking things, which have been proclaimed in Nature as the oldest mulitcellular … Continue reading

Categories: fossils, geology, paper reviews, past worlds, Proterozoic