On the penguin trail in the Falkland Islands

The Baton arrives on the Falkland Islands today ( 27.02.2013), whose most famous residents may be the penguins.

And so it’s a penguin-related artefact that provides the University’s link to that group of islands in the south-west Atlantic Ocean:


Held by The Hunterian, the polished and grooved surface of this specimen of sandstone is the result of the passage of thousands of penguin feet over it. It was acquired by Glasgow-born mining engineer David Ferguson (c.1857–1936) during geological survey expeditions to the southern Atlantic islands and Antarctica in 1911–15. Ferguson also featured in a previous post ‘A ‘cool’ article on Antarctic expeditions and a Glasgow graduate geologist‘.


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