One of the fossil specimens presented to the students of paleontology at Charles University (Prague) for almost a century was Medusites – a putative fossil of a jellyfish (medusa). It came from the Cambrian (lowermost Palaeozoic) siltstones exposed at Skryje (central Bohemia, Czech Republic). The students were, however, given incorrect information. A recent study of the original specimen and a few remaining specimens from the vicinity of Skryje testify the affiliation to the pineapple-shaped ichnogenus (i.e. trace fossil) Astropolichnus Crimes and Anderson, 1985. A new ichnospecies Astropolichnus bohemicus is established based on the material from the Skryje area. This material is the first occurrence of Astropolichnus in the middle Cambrian.
Reference: Radek Mikuláš & Oldřich Fatka (2017): Ichnogenus Astropolichnus in the Middle Cambrian of the Barrandian area, Czech Republic. Ichnos (USA), DOI: 10.1080/10420940.2017.1292908
The Academia Publishing House presents individual research programmes within the publication edition of “Strategie AV21”. One of the programmes is the “Life Diversity and Ecosystem Health” contributed by the Institute of Geology CAS. The activities of this programme are coordinated by the Biology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences. One of the most recent outputs of this programme was the brochure titled “25 years of research in the Lesní potok model catchment” (in Czech). The brochure is authored by Tomáš Navrátil, Jan Rohovec and Petr Skřivan.
Workshop “Potential of lithium mining in the Czech Republic and its use in advanced technologies” was held on October 17, 2016, within the cooperation between the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The scientific programme of the workshop was organized by Karel Breiter of the Institute of Geology CAS. Five talks given by foremost specialist of the Academy of Sciences, universities, Czech Geological Survey and mining companies covered topics ranging from geological exploration, through mining and processing of lithium in the Czech Republic, to potential use of lithium in energy storage.
Do you need to support mineral prospection by automated mineralogy and artificial intelligence? Do you need to build a platinum concentrator? Do you need to find a particular dust particle in a million? Do you need to assess the risk of environmental pollution? Or to mix up a bucket of Moon dust? In all these tasks, automated scanning electron microscopy proves useful by integrating millions of individual measurements.
Photographs taken by the staff of the Institute of Geology were successful again in the third run of the Photogenic Science contest. In the “Photogenic Science” category, the professional jury and the Academic Board awarded the 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions to photos “Dead mire” and “A world in a drop of water” by Jiří Sláma. In the “Scientists on photographs” category, the 2nd position was awarded by the professional jury to Michal Filippi for a photo named “On the bottom”. In addition, the following photos were selected for the semi-finals: “Dancers” and “Races in the rain” by Pavel Lisý, “Talking rocks” and “Burning fire” by Jiří Sláma and “Painting” by Michal Filippi. The honoured photographs will be included in the Calendar of the Academy of Sciences. Some other photos from the semi-final selection are being used in promotion materials of the Academy of Sciences. For the photos and additional information, click here.
Two staff members of the Institute of Geology AS CR, Karel Žák and Václav Cílek, became authors of a new book on the landscape evolution of this nature-protected area. The book reviews landscape evolution since the oldest geological past until the present time (Křivoklátsko – The Story of the Royal Hunting Forest by K. Žák, M. Majer, P. Hůla, V. Cílek). The book was published with the financial support of the Central Bohemian Region in the Dokořán publishing house. The photos were taken during the launching ceremony of the book, which was held at the Křivoklát medieval castle on September 23, 2016.
RNDr. Ladislav Slavík, CSc. of the Institute of Geology CAS has been appointed a secretary of the International Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy ICS, IUGS. He has started his new term for the next four years (2016–2020) after the Meeeting of the International Commission on Stratigraphy that was held at the 35th International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2016.