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IGA Lecture: 30th November – Dr. Ruth Carden (Consultant Palaeontologist) – The Irish Cave Bones Project

30 November, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM GMT

Dear Members,

Dr. Ruth Carden (Consultant Palaeontologist) will be giving a talk on “The Irish Cave Bones Project” at the Geological Survey of Ireland on the 30th of November. Please see below for further details.


The Irish Cave Bones Project (led by Dr. Ruth Carden) is an examination of almost 300,000 bones and associated remains from 34 caves in Ireland to get a clearer picture of Ireland’s Ice Age fauna and of the earliest human inhabitants in Ireland. The bones themselves were previously examined from the 1850s to the mid-1930s; some were even dated during the 1990s. However, many of the bones were originally misidentified and many more were left unidentified. The Irish Cave Bones Project, which is due for completion in 2017, has rectified that situation. As a result, we are now getting a wonderful insight into the full diversity of Ireland’s Ice Age vertebrate wildlife, and the project has found evidence for the earliest traces of man in Ireland.

When and where: The lecture theatre in the Geological Survey of Ireland, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4 on Wednesday, November 30th, between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Coffee and biscuits will available from 5:30 pm. All welcome.


30 November, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM GMT
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