The Jurassic Coast

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Of course, taking in Lyme Regis SVPCA was quite appropriate given the deep history of vertebrate fossil finds from the region, and the place of "Jurassic Coast" which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although I have been here before fossil hunting, has been my first clue of a professional paleontologist, and a lot more appreciation of place and history and the area of ​​science.

Despite its name there are beds of the Triassic and Cretaceous along the same stretch of the coast (if you follow it far enough west and east, respectively). The first is at least relatively close as shown by the partial skull rhynchosaur (orange) on display at the museum in Lyme Regis.

The most important fossil sites in Lyme Regis lie on the beach just east of the city. There Marl mudstones and the former may give rise to wave cut platforms that appear and disappear gradually as the tide rises and falls, while the cliff falls regularly securing new tests to come throughout this.

While it is obviously the Ammonites, who has everything, they are so numerous and often in excellent condition. Within minutes you can find a handful, but getting back more, or even out of the rock can be a challenge.

It 'was great to see this place again, and go to the collection and, of course, visit local fossil shops of their huge selection of sales of local champion and not-so-local (and, unfortunately, in one case, Liaoning Bird). I cam back and throw more material than I expected, and a new value to this place when it comes to how my work in Asia on loan it made me think of places vertebrates.

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