Object of the Month - Archive 

Each month we present a short video showcasing an object from the Lapworth Museum collection.

Previous objects include the following

object-fathead-ammonite-235x130Fathead ammonite

Mike Hermily, long-term volunteer at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, describes a 'Fathead' ammonite he has chosen for his Object of the Month.
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object-portland-screw-235x130Portland Screw snail shell fossil

Ellen, receptionist at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, describes her choice of a Portland Screw snail shell fossil as Object of the Month.

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Sauropod femurSauropod femur

Richard, Academic Keeper at the Lapworth Museum of Geology , describes his choice of a fantastic Jurassic dinosaur bone as Object of the Month
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Lapworth's notebook - Object of the MonthLapworth's notebook

Derren, a PhD student in structural geology, describes his choice of one of Charles Lapworth's field notebooks as Object of the Month at the Lapworth Museum of Geology
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object-smilodon-235x130Smilodon skull

Anna, Learning and Community Development Officer at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, describes the skull of a Smilodon, or sabre-toothed cat.
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object-lava-bomb-235x130Lava bomb

Lava bomb from the infamous 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption in New Zealand
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object-gypsum-235x130Gypsum crystal

Spectactular example of gypsum crystal from Manangatang, Australia
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object-fossil-trackways-323x164Fossil trackways

Late Carboniferous tetrapod footprints from Alverley in Shropshire
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Pyrite - Object of the MonthPyrite

The mineral pyrite, more commonly named as Fool’s Gold.
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Mammoth tooth

A 40,000 year old mammoth tooth excavated from Upton Warren in Worcestershire in 1955 by Professor Shotton and his research assistant Russell Coope.
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Flexible SandstoneFlexible sandstone

A thin flexible sheet of sandstone from a bed or cliff in Jhajjar, near Delhi, India. Formed from the decomposition of gneisses which contained feldspar grains. 
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Pahoehoe lavaPahoehoe lava

A  volcanic rock specimen from Mt Meru in Tanzania - possibly from the most recent eruption in 1910. 
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Carbonaceous chondrite - Allende meteorite

This fragment was part of the Allende meteorite, the largest carbonaceous chondrite ever found on Earth, the fireball of which was witnessed on February 8th 1969, falling over the Mexican state of Chihuahua at the speed of 10 miles per second.. 
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Honorary Doctorate speech given for Marie Sklodowska Curie

A transcript of the speech given by the principal of the university, Sir Oliver Lodge, when the University of Birmingham awarded Marie Sklodowska Curie an Honorary Doctorate in 1913. 
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Rutile in Quartz - TiO2 in SiO2

Location unknown
This mineral shows quartz with needle-like rutile embedded in it. Most rutilated quartz is formed by hydrothermal processes, and as the high temperatures cool and the pressure eases, rutile crystals become trapped inside the quartz crystals. Watch the video


Hemicyclaspis murchisoniHemicyclaspis murchisoni

Dudley, UK
This example of an osteostracan is of particular importance as articulated specimens (with this incredible bony headshield attached to the rest of the body) are extremely rare. Watch the video


The Odessa MeteoriteThe Odessa Meteorite

Ector County, Texas, U.S.A.
This meteorite sample came from an impact which is estimated to have taken place around 60,000 years ago during the Pleistocene, near what is today Odessa in Texas. Watch the video 

Crotalocephalus trilobiteCrotalocephalus sp. trilobite

This exceptionally preserved trilobite displays sharp pleural and pygidial spines. It was found in Anti Atlas in Morocco and is from the Lower Devonian period and therefore approximately 415-400 million years old. Watch the video

Charles Lapworth's microscopeCharles Lapworth's microscope

Designed by Professor Charles Lapworth and manufactured by Birmingham’s J.Parkes & Son in 1896, this remarkable microscope holds historic and scientific significance for the studies of biostratigraphy; the use of fossils for comparative aging of different rock sequences.
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Atrimpos speciosusAntrimpos speciosus

Bavaria, Germany
This exceptionally preserved fossil shrimp is fully articulated complete with appendages including legs and antennae, body parts which are not normally preserved.
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Fossilised pine cone - Object of the MonthPinus yorkshirensis - Fossilised pine cone

A fossil discovered amongst the Lapworth Museum collections has been identified as the oldest known fossil pine cone. Until recently, little was known about the specimen which was found many years ago during an undergraduate geology fieldtrip to the Yorkshire Coast.
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Shotton Normandy landings map

Fred Shotton (1906-1990) was born in Coventry and went on to become Professor and Head of the Geology Department at the University of Birmingham. This map shows the vital role he played during the Second World War as a senior military geologist.
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