Kim Hill from Radio New Zealand joined our group as well. Here she is in conversation about the discovery with well known GNS geologist Hamish Cambell who was part of the team. To hear Kim's interview with Greg go to: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/20091107
Greg works in the hydrocarbons section at GNS Science, and has been studying the rocks of north west Nelson for many years. These sediments are of interest to a hydrocarbon specialist because they are the onshore equivalent of the oil and gas producing sediments under the sea in the Taranaki Basin. By studying them, geologists can get a clearer picture of the inaccessible sea floor sediments just to the North.
It was a fantastic opportunity to study these unique finds at first hand. John Simes and Marianna Terezow, helped by my 11 year old daughter Sophie, spent their time carefully making silicon casts of some of the best examples. It is important to get the best possible record of the prints as it is inevitable that they will be further eroded away with time.
Here are also a couple of links to the TV 1 news interviews about the discovery:
and here is a link to the TV 3 news item: