The Fossil Records
Welcome to The Fossil Records - a blog about the intersections between the world of palaeontology and the world of vinyl records. A pretty niche topic, but this is largely for my own amusement.
I'm a palaeontologist working at a large research-intensive university in England. My area of research is late Palaeozoic and Mesozoic reptile evolution, including dinosaurs. I've been fortunate enough to name a few new dinosaur species over the years, and get to work in the field and museum collections in many countries worldwide.
I'm also a vinyl record enthusiast. I have been since I got into music as a teenager in the mid-1990s. At that point vinyl was very out of fashion, and I used to be able to pick-up quality stuff, from Kraftwerk to The Prisoners, very cheaply at car boot sales and in charity shops. It's a lot harder to do that now, sadly, and I buy most of my records online. I don't have a vast collection - probably somewhere in the region of 350-450 LPs and a much much smaller number of 7 inches - and it's dominated by indie, early punk, post-punk, country, and classic rock, with a small amount of reggae, soul and ska.
The idea for this blog came about because an English Literature colleague and I were putting together an exhibition on changing depictions of dinosaurs in popular culture over the last two centuries. For me, this represented an opportunity to look at the links between dinosaurs, geology and the fossil record, and popular music, through the use of palaeontological imagery on record sleeves and in band names and lyrics. Also, to buy some weird and wonderful records. Those are the topics that I'll be exploring here.