So, you must be the Reindeer Lady

Emily Wiesendanger, The Late Pleistocene Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) of Britain and Western Europe: Past Migrations, Seasonality and Palaeodiet, supervised by Prof. Danielle Schreve (RHUL) and Prof. Ian Candy (RHUL) ‘Let me see. (takes the skull) Alas, poor Rudolph, I knew him.’ Oh dear, she’s talking to the skulls again.  No wonder. I was in a …

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New excavations at Westbury Cave: a palaeontological treasure trove – Neil Adams

After some fabulous blog posts from our MSc students over the last couple of months, our next contribution is from Neil Adams.  Neil is a former undergraduate student at Royal Holloway and since graduating in 2015 has been working as a Research Assistant under the tutelage of Professor Danielle Schreve.  Hope you enjoy this really nicely …

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The ancient origins of British mammals

By Melissa Marr  (2nd Year PhD student) Between 26 000 to 21 000 years ago the earth was in the grip of an ice age and global ice sheets were at their maximum extent. Most of Britain was covered with glacial ice and the mammal species that existed were very different from today, consisting of …

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The bear facts: reconstructing diet in Ice Age carnivores

By Spyridoula Pappa (PhD Student) Example of Ursus arctos skull, lower jaw and carnassial tooth (m1: first lower molar). Often during my PhD research, I feel like a “bear dentist” and a “detective” at the same time. My project involves the analysis of teeth of the most remarkably diverse of the carnivores (at least in …

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A visit to Banwell Bone Cave

by Danielle Schreve (Professor of Quaternary Science) It’s not every day that you get to visit a Site of Special Scientific Interest that once formed the centrepiece of a 19th century “theme park” on the Biblical Deluge but that’s exactly what Danielle Schreve, Lucy Flower (PhD student) and Dave Arnold (MSc Quaternary Science student) did, …

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