22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
1) There are potentially scientifically important fossils in the pavements, trodden on by thousands of people each day.
2) Fossil fish of the kind found in the pavements of Edinburgh (and elswhere) can inform us about the evolution of the vertebrate brain.
3) Besides Edinburgh, these paving slabs can also be found in Newcastle, Glasgow, London, Belfast, Paris, Beunas Aires and even Australia!
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
The Scottish Pavement Fish project has evolved following the discovery and subsequent rescue of a fossil fish specimen in a paving slab outside Edinburgh Waverley station in May of this year. Since the first discovery twenty more specimens have been identified in paving stones throughout Edinburgh.
The project has now developed to locate, preserve and study similar finds throughout the cities in the UK. The project has four main aims:
engage, involve and encourage the public to contribute to the project by looking for and document new material in the streets where they live;
conserve, preserve and prepare good examples of such finds;
conduct scientific analyses of the preserved material (identify species, mode and means of preservation, palaeoecological studies);
exhibit and communicate the finds and work at a local and national level.
The Scottish Pavement Fish Project has received the backing and support of several academic and local governing bodies including the the The City of Edinburgh Council, Museums of Edinburgh, The British Geological Survey and The National Museum of Scotland.
Updates about the project can be found on the British Geological Survey blog and at: