Tag Archives: trilobite

Is that fossil real?

One of the most popular questions we’re asked is how to tell if a fossil is fake. Especially to urbanites in a young country with few historical relics, it seems almost mindboggling to be actually holding a specimen that’s millions of years … Continue reading

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Rocking it at the United World College

United World College (UWC) was embarking on a new Grade 4 academic unit about the Earth and changes to its geology. After spending weeks investigating the structure of the earth and types of rocks and visiting the Science Centre’s Earth: Our … Continue reading

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What do fossils teach us?

“The fossil hunter does not kill, he resurrects. And the results of this sport is to add to the sum of human pleasure and to the treasures of human knowledge.” George Gaylord Simpson (1902 – 1984) The study of the … Continue reading

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Paleo-prospecting

Singapore is a geological infant and has very limited in situ fossils to dig around for. On the other hand, embarking on overseas fossil hunting expeditions may be logistically challenging for some of us. You would strain to even find … Continue reading

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The Mother of all Fossils

My love for fossils was first ignited by a trilobite specimen given as a present by my mom a quarter of a century ago. In anticipation and early celebration of Mothers’ Day (every day should be Mothers’ Day, shouldn’t it?), … Continue reading

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Faking it?

Fossil fraud is a rising problem in today’s commercial fossil markets, and I’m frequently asked how to discern fake fossils from the real deal. First, we need to recognise that there are different types of fakes: 1. Casts. Fakes are … Continue reading

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Just how old are these things?

Here’s a handy geological timeline for the different eras that mark prehistory: Palaeontologists are frequently called upon to date fossil specimens according to this timeline, and may do so with a convincing degree of accuracy. There in fact exists great … Continue reading

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