Monthly archives of “October 2014

Fossil palm from New Zealand Miocene Manuherikia Group
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The Fossil Palm Swamps of Central Otago, New Zealand

One of the endearing memories I have during my PhD was working on the banks above the Kawarau River near Cromwell (Central Otago, New Zealand), in the middle of the winter. I was belting my way with a pick into a sequence of mud that… Read more

Fossil palm from New Zealand Miocene Manuherikia Group
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The Fossil Palm Swamps of Central Otago, New Zealand

One of the endearing memories I have during my PhD was working on the banks above the Kawarau River near Cromwell (Central Otago, New Zealand), in the middle of the winter. I was belting my way with a pick into a sequence of mud that… Read more

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New Zealand – Beeches Invade Paradise!

In the old days in New Zealand, you needed to add the right prefix to telephone numbers to ring┬áthe adjacent villages. Our number was a 3-digit figure in the Clyde exchange. To ring Alexandra, 6 km down the road, I think we had to prefix… Read more

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Tropical Rainforest in …. South Westland?

At Ship Creek, just a few kilometers north of Haast, in South Westland, New Zealand, there is a wonderful boardwalk though an original swamp forest (It’s less than 3 km south of Coal Creek – where I found my first plant fossils, aged nine). The… Read more

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Australia’s Fatal Fire-Flume

The first time I came to Brisbane in the hot part of the year – I couldn’t believe how anyone could survive there. The nights were oppressively, putridly hot, and full of bitey-insects. Then I ended up living there and suffered for years. I would… Read more

Fossil Ripogonum from New Zealand Miocene Manuherikia Group
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Supplejack – a survivor from the Miocene in New Zealand

The first time I ever slept-out (sleeping bag, no tent), I was about four years old, and the place was an idyllic spot on the banks of Pipson Creek, just outside of Makarora. Its on the road to the West Coast from Wanaka/Hawea. One of… Read more