Special day class, December 3rd 2018: Modern Sponges

olderthanthehills
olderthanthehills

On 09/11/2018 at 19:59 Quote this message

I've been asked to do a class on getting to know modern (living) sponges, and have penciled this in for Monday December 3rd. It will be a full day class, 10 am to 5 pm, with lunch (and informal nattering) from 12.30-2. Bring your own lunch, or go for a wander to find your own (there's a nice cafe next door!). Drinks and nibbles provided, of course.

The class will give you an in-depth basic knowledge of the living sponge classes, including their biology, ecology and skeletons, and an understanding of how to identify them. There are specimens of a range of demosponges, hexactinellids and calcareans available (alas, oi ain't got no homoscleromorphs yet!), including cross sections and spicule preparations; plus you'll have a chance to make your own slides.

A follow-up class on fossil sponges is intended as well, but date is to be confirmed.

Cost per person: £40.
This will be a small-group class, limited to six people, but can be run again if there is sufficient interest. Please reply here with questions, or feel free to contact me directly!
olderthanthehills
olderthanthehills

On 16/01/2019 at 16:59 Quote this message

Part 2 of this course is on fossil sponges and their evolution. Preliminary date: Monday Jan 28th (10.15-4.30), but may be changed if students can't make it then!

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