Early naturalists were obsessed with the idea to collect and to describe all the secrets of earth, many unusual and strange things were therefore displayed - for education and amusement - in "Wunderkammern" or "Cabinets of Curiosities". Following this tradition I will try to present on a regular basis my own "online cabinet of curiosities", where I will share links and stories related to the history of earth sciences.

As this is the first post of the (so I hope) coming series there is also a contest:

I would like to introduce you to this cute chamois (artwork by illustrator and artist Tricia Arnold and used here with permission) which I would like to use as a mascot for the blog.

As I´m searching still a name for it - if you get a good proposal let me know at <history_of_geology@yahoo.com> , use in the header the tag "Chamois" and include in the e-mail body the name and maybe a short explanation or drawing* why you think the name would be fitting - by doing so you will get also a chance to win a geology-related textbook (*for some inspiration visit the "making of…" post on Tricia's Obligatory Art Blog!) - deadline for the contest will be November 30.

This Week Geohistory:

This Week Geonews:

The celebration of All Hallows' Eve in this week prompted a lot of awesome geology-posts

This Week Geopapers:

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