Annual log contents – click on year to download PDF

2000 Quality of the fossil record; biological recovery from mass extinctions;  fossil moths; end-Triassic extinction; giant fossil duck; end-Cretaceous marks last dinosaurs; Triassic feathers; UV and mass extinction; Cretaceous beetles; Triassic-Jurassic boundary flood basalts; severity of extinction events; carbon isotopes of fossils; origin of photosynthesis; stromatolites; land plant extinction at P-Tr; T. rex sale; endosymbiosis and the Archaea; bacteria in salt crystals; surviving Late Heavy Bombardment.

2001 Chinese fossils; dinosaur news; early ecosystems; Pleistocene extinctions; fullerenes at P-Tr boundary; bacterial sulfide formation; forged fossils; emergence of modern corals; bacteria in salt crystals; chance and survival of early life; dinoflagellate blooms; P-T mass extinction; diversity changes over time; biofilms and UV protection; Cambrian lagerstätte; early deuterostome; ‘Big 5’ mass extinctions

2002 Land vertebrates and P-T mass extinction; Madagascar fossils; hydrogen-based ecosystem; redox and bacterial metabolism; mass extinctions and fullerenes; dinosaur news; extremophiles; earliest animals; sampling bias and extinctions; earliest bacterial fossils; Tr-J extinctions; CAMP igneous activity; ‘geogenomics’; iron-phosphorus balance; Great Oxidation Event; Mesoproterozoic life; Malnourished Earth hypothesis; Snowball Earth; isotopic evidence for early life; conodonts; late-Devonian extinction; land plants at P-T boundary; early colonisation of land; mitochondria; Cambrian explosion.

2003 Chemical conditions for life; early-Cretaceous lagerstätte in China; origin of life; fossil squirrels; P-T mass extinction; Snowball Earth biodiversity; end-Precambrian mass extinction; mid-Devonian impact; quality of the fossil record; origin of vertebrates; iron and nickel and origin of life; K-T boundary; gamma-ray bursts; late-Ordovician extinction; fossil oddities; early Archaean hydrothermal fluids; Permian oxygen depletion; Precambrian biomarkers; fossil food cache; extinction selectivity.

2004 Fossil embryos; Archaean biomarkers; endogenic mass extinction; Verneshot hypothesis; end-Permian crater; C isotopes and P-T extinction; calcium and Cambrian Explosion; ancestral animal; bilaterian fossils; last mammoth; P-T extinction and Siberian Traps; origin of life; CAMP igneous province and Tr-J extinction; iron isotopes and Archaean life; end-Permian soil erosion.

2005 End-Permian crater; Mesozoic predator; Neoproterozoic Doushantuo lagerstätte; early Archaean life; evolutionary rhythms; P-Tr extinction; ocean anoxia; early lichens; bacteria in Permian salt crystals; origin of life; H2S and extinctions; atmospheric oxygen; mammalian evolution; Palaeocene-Eocene boundary event; dinosaur coprolites; clays and origin of life; .

2006 Post-extinction recovery; Cambrian Explosion; Gaia Hypothesis; methanogens and Archaean climate; fish-tetrapod link; Precambrian biomarkers; Great Oxygenation Event; fossil embryos; dwarf sauropods; echinoderm genomes; Ediacaran fauna; Jurassic gliding mammal.

2007 Fossil embryos; carbonate biofilms; early tetrapod robot; fossil proteins; Ediacaran fauna; sea anemone genome; trilobite evolution; early Archaean life.

2008 Beetle evolution; mammalian evolution; unique fossil shark’s stomach contents; fossil bat; impacts and evolutionary acceleration; dinosaur proteomics; Cambrian Explosion; creationism; genome of the platypus; K-T global wildfires; armoured fishes; origin of life; Ediacaran ocean chemistry; Ordovician diversification; P-Tr extinction; ocean chemistry; evolution of plants; Cambrian arthropod; earliest photosynthesis.

2009 Dinosaur brooding; LUCA; terrestrial bacteria; Pleistocene extinctions and impact; Archaean nitrogen cycle; fossil giant snake; Snowball Earth; origin of bilaterian animals; Great Ordovician Diversification; impact formation of organic compounds; the ancestral animal; origin of RuBisCO; grazing dinosaur; mantle link with biosphere; Hadean conditions;  Ordovician trilobite behaviour; Neoproterozoic terrestrial biomass; origin of life; end-Permian ammonites.

2010 Megafauna extinction; early tetrapod; Ediacaran fauna; Archaean bacterial fossils; feathered dinosaur; K-Pg extinction; earliest multicelled life; Moroccan lagerstätte; DNA replication; marine biodiversity record; comets and organic compounds; Snowball Earth; phosphorus cycle.

2011 Oxygen and evolutionary radiation; dinosaur blood; ammonite feeding; P-Tr extinction and coal fires; Ediacaran fauna; Cenozoic megafaunas; stromatolites; polar dinosaurs; earliest terrestrial eukaryotes; Cambrian burrowers; giant sauropods; Archaeopteryx, hydrothermal-vent redox gradients.

2012 Fossil embryos; Late Devonian mass extinction; fossil fleas; early horses; feathered dinosaur; Australian megafaunas and humans; evolutionary arms race; bilaterian burrowers; Snowball Earth; Ediacaran fauna.

2013 K-Pg extinction; origin of photosynthesis; Tr-J extinction and CAMP; Cave bear genomics; volcanic aerosol transport of organisms;

2014 Cambrian colonisation of land; plate tectonics and Cambrian Explosion; Snowball Earth; dark matter and dinosaurs; fossil squirrel; extinction and magnetic reversals; late-Ordovician extinction; nickel and P-Tr extinction; extinctions and volcanism; oxygen in Archaean oceans; stromatolites.

2015 Verneshot hypothesis; Brontosaurus; Hallucigenia; Pleistocene extinctions; Deccan Traps and impact.

2016 Ediacaran fauna; Tully Monster; early Archaean stromatolites; Chicxulub impact.

2017 Origin of deuterostomes; feathered dinosaurs; Archaean hydrothermal vents; late-Ordovician extinction; eukaryote origins.

2018 Hadean fertile for life; dinosaur trackway on Skye; ankylosaur bloat and float’ preservation; oceanic hydrothermal vents and origin of life; furry pterosaurs.

2019 Late planetary accretion and the origin of life; 2 billion year-old metazoan; end-Permian mass extinction and land plants; K-Pg event and dating of the Deccan Traps; Cambrian Explosion; fossils of animals killed at K-Pg event; iron and the origin of life; geochemical conditions for the Ediacaran fauna; dinosaur nesting colony; Chicxulub impact; faunal recovery after K-Pg event; sugars in primitive meteorites; faunal recovery after end-Permian extinction; surviving Snowball Earth events.

2020 K-Pg mass extinction. Tiny and very large dinosaurs. Bilaterian Ikaria wariootia from Ediacaran. Early dog evolution. Origin of South American monkeys. Pterodactyls. Genetic material from a dinosaur embryo. Phosphorus and the rise of the Ediacaran fauna. End-Permian mass extinction, Siberian Traps, coal burning. Evidence for supernova role in Late Devonian mass extinction. End-Triassic mass extinction, Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP), Brazil, sills, methane release. Origin of life, new developments.

2021 Regulation of atmospheric oxygen by flowering plants during Mesozoic Era. Evidence for the genes that prepared fish to colonise the land. News from Chicxulub drilling project and the K-Pg extinction event. DNA from mammoth teeth that are more than a million years old. A multitude of Tyrannosaurus rex estimated to have lived in Late Cretaceous North America. Chaotic climate after the Permian-Triassic mass extinction as a result of geochemical reaction. Living bacteria cells found in 1.2 billion year old groundwater. Igneous intrusions in large igneous province implicated in global warming that caused end-Triassic mass extinction.