18 February 2018
Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth. However, these exceptional deposits tend to decay before they can be fossilised, and are extremely rare. As a result little is known about the environmental conditions which stop this process. However, new Oxford University research suggests that the mineralogy of the surrounding earth is key to conserving soft parts of organisms, and finding more exceptional fossils. Part-funded by NASA, the work could potentially support the Mars Rover Curiosity in its sample analysis, and speed up the search for traces of life on other planets.
2 October 2017
Thousands of people turned out for Oxford’s largest ever public engagement event on Friday (29 September)...
13 June 2017
An Oxford University collaboration has found previously undetected health risks contained in the boomerang-like return of an Icelandic volcanic plume.
10 January 2017
Professor Alex Halliday from the Department of Earth Sciences was recently awarded the 2016 Harry H. Hess Medal, a significant honour of the American Geophysical Union.
1 February 2016
It has long been observed that some volcanoes erupt with little prior warning. Now, scientists have come up with an explanation behind these sudden eruptions that could change the way observers monitor active or dormant volcanoes.
14 January 2016
An international team of scientists has shed new light on the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015, killing more than 8,000 people.