Year of Coasts and Waters 2020
2020 has been designated the Scottish Government’s Year of Coasts and Waters (YCW2020) and Elgin Museum is delighted to be an event partner.
Upcoming Exhibition: At the Water’s Edge 28th March – 31st October 2020
Made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, our temporary exhibition At the Water’s Edge brings together fossils from an animal showing some of the earliest adaptations necessary for life to move out of water and onto land. This important evolutionary step led to the further development of tetrapods (four-limbed creatures), including humans. At up to 1.5 metres long, Elginerpeton was a top predator in the Devonian ‘fish-eat-fish’ world. This exhibition is the first time in 375 million years that the remains of Elginerpeton will have been brought together since they were washed down the large inland river that crossed the area at the time. At the Water’s Edge complements our permanent displays of fossil fish and reptiles from the local area. For more information about the exhibition, visit the dedicated webpage.
Moray Society Lecture Series 2019/20: At the Water’s Edge: tetrapod evolution revisited. Friday 24th April, 7.30 pm
At the Water’s Edge: tetrapod evolution revisited, a talk by Professor Per Ahlberg, Uppsala University. Per first identified and described the fossils in our current exhibition in the early 1990s. These early tetrapod fossils, the oldest in the world, help explain how fins became feet and how fish moved out of the water and onto land. Today Per is one of the world-leading researchers on the origin of tetrapods. He will discuss the significance of Elginerpeton pancheni, ‘the crawler from Elgin’, as well as the fossil footprints from Tarbat Ness, and provide an update on the rapidly-changing story of tetrapod evolution.
Fossil Finders’ Day Drop-In Event, Saturday 25th April 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
The exhibition At the Water’s Edge was inspired by fossils that were misidentified when they were found and which then lay in drawers for decades before being reassessed. This drop-in event gives you a unique opportunity to share your potential fossil finds with visiting palaeontologists from National Museums Scotland and the University of Glasgow. Have your finds positively identified and compare them with items in our fossil handling box.
To register your interest and to receive notifications about this event please email: EMfossilfinders@gmail.com
Fossil Finders’ Trail Event, Sunday 26th April 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
This bookable event gives you a unique opportunity to explore the Moray Coastal Trail around Clashach Quarry with visiting palaeontologists. Come and see old sand dunes and view the footprints that animals older than the dinosaurs left behind.
A free return coach trip from the Museum to the quarry access road is provided. This trip involves walking over uneven ground and sensible footwear (preferably boots) must be worn. Please bring waterproofs and a snack/drink if you wish.
The Museum will be open in the afternoon (12.00 pm – 4.00 pm) so that you can see our temporary exhibition “At the Water’s Edge” alongside our displays of fossil fish and reptiles from the local area.
To book your place on either the morning or afternoon excursions please email: EMfossilfinders@gmail.com
Elgin Museum Recognition Collection Highlights
We are excited to be able to present a series of short films highlighting some of the nationally and internationally important specimens in the Museum’s Recognised Collection of local fossils. Expert palaeontologists share their enthusiasm for their favourite items in the collection and explain their significance.
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