Story: Fossils

Malcolm Simpson, 1948

Malcolm Simpson, 1948

In January 1948 Malcolm Simpson, a Nelson schoolboy, was a member of the party that accompanied geologist Noel Benson of the University of Otago on an expedition to the Cobb Valley. Malcolm found fossils which were later identified as trilobites – the first Cambrian fossils found in New Zealand.

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Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - Oldest fossils – Paleozoic', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9026/malcolm-simpson-1948 (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Hamish Campbell, published 12 Jun 2006