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Undergraduate researcher finds new fossil sites around Bristol Parkway Station


A hooklet from the tentacle of a belemnite, an ancient squid-like animal. The hooklet is only half a millimetre long, and the belemnite some 10 cm long.
Image Credit: Emma Landon, University of Bristol

“Sites around Bristol Parkway Station have produced an unexpected fossil haul – the first sea lily and squid remains from the British Triassic period.

The study, by Emma Landon, who was an undergraduate Earth Sciences student at the University of Bristol when she did the work, has been published today in Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association.

The Triassic is the geological time span from about 250 to 200 million years ago, and it comes immediately before the Jurassic.

For most of the Triassic time, the UK was part of a landmass that experienced hot climatic conditions. Then, some 205 million years ago, Europe was flooded by the sea, which spread over Germany and much of France and England.

This event, the Rhaetian Transgression, brought an end to the tropical, desert-like land conditions in Europe, a time when the dinosaurs originated.

British Rhaetian-aged rocks have become well known for their bone beds, containing assemblages of teeth and bones of sharks, bony fishes, and marine reptiles.

Mike Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Head of School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, said: “Emma’s find was surprising for two reasons.” (…) READ MORE

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)