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    Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz Senior, Lecturer in Paleobiology at Leicester University

    When we go to the beach we want to see the sea, not the pebbles. Even although pebbles can be smooth and shiny with curious veins of bright colours through them we pick them up to throw them into the sea. However if geology, paleontology and molecular analysis are used to describe them, then we get stories which take us back to the Earths formation and then further back to the births and deaths of ancient stars. Something of the Earths future too, may be glimpsed beneath its smooth contours. So pebbles remind us that human history is just a piece of flash photography.