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Introduction to the ‘Gill’ fossils

Jackie Gill on the Forest of Dean field trip in December 1982.

While much fuss is made in the media each year when new species of dinosaur are unearthed, it often goes unreported when new fossil invertebrates (animals without backbones) are found, although these discoveries are often older and certainly much rarer.

As a geology evening-class student during the 1980’s, on two separate occasions, Jackie Gill found firstly part of an early shrimp-like crustacean, and later the wing of a grasshopper-like insect while on field trips led by Dr Paul Madgett of Harrow College of Technology (Now University of Westminster). Around 20 or 30 years later they were proved to be new species and took her surname as part of their specific Latin names.

Link to Jackie's writeup

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