Year of Coasts and Waters 2020

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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  

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.

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Reconstruction of Elginerpeton pancheni (c) Per Ahlberg

Reconstruction of Elginerpeton pancheni (C) Per Ahlberg

 

Coming Soon:

Fossil Finders’ Day Drop-In Event 

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 will give 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

Lower jaw fragment from Elginerpeton originally identified as a fossil fish bone (C) NMS

Lower jaw fragment from Elginerpeton originally identified as a fossil fish bone (C) NMS
On loan courtesy of National Museums Scotland
Scale bar = 1 cm

Coming Soon:

Fossil Finders’ Trail Event

This bookable event will give 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 will be provided. This trip will involve walking over uneven ground and sensible footwear (preferably boots) must be worn.

To register your interest and to receive notifications about this event please email: EMfossilfinders@gmail.com

Primrose Bay, Hopeman (C) Dave Longstaff

Primrose Bay, Hopeman (C) Dave Longstaff

 

Elgin Museum Recognition Collection Highlights

Coming soon 

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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