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Late Cretaceous Rudist Bivalves of Jamaica listed among the First 100 Geological Heritage Sites.

Late Cretaceous Rudist Bivalves of the Caribbean Province, Jamaica was listed 38th among The First100 International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Heritage Sites. The IUG listing comprises geological sites from around the world that are iconic and recognized by the global geoscience community as a reference for their impact in understanding the Earth and its history.  The Jamaican site is  located in the Rio Minho watershed of Clarendon and is the most diverse and thickest limestone succession with abundant rudist bivalves within the Caribbean Faunal Province. The First 100 International Union of Geological Science (IUGS) heritage sites are based on scientific classification derived from their geology. Jamaica's site is within the sites classified under Paleontology. The nomination was prepared by Prof. Simon Mitchell (Former Head, Department of Geography and Geology) and Dr. Sherene James-Williamson (Head, Department of Geography and Geology). Dr. James-Williamson presented the Jamaican site to the “world” at the IUGS Conference hosted between October 25 and 28, 2022 in Zumaia (Basque Coast UNESCO Global Geopark), home of one of the most impressive stratigraphic outcrops on Earth) in Spain. In her speech, she explained the significance, the geological context and the scientific tradition behind the site.

More than 250 specialists from 40 nations and ten international organisations participated in the collaborative process of selecting The FIRST100 IUGS sites.

Congratulations team Geography and Geology!

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Published on 31 Oct, 2022

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