fossilization

Fossil islands and Sutton Knoll England

Sutton Knoll Pliocene seas fossil island

Sutton Knoll in Suffolk England is a famous and very rare fossil island of Pliocene Coralline Crag in a Red Crag sea on London Clay. Rockhall Wood is its location and you can find marine shells including mussels, phosphatic nodules (coprolites), quartz stones, pipes, sand waves and pebble layers. The Pliocene geology of what was …

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Fossil Lagerstätte

Death assemblages or Lagerstätte

Fossil Lagerstätte are sites of immense preservation and fossilisation. Are some creatures rapidly preserved or nearly instantly? For example the amazing remains of soft bodied animals at China’s Qingjiang site. German mining jargon for motherload or bonanza. However, usually used outside Germany for what is properly Fossil-Lagerstätten. Adolph Seilacher proposed two major types of Fossil-Lagerstätten: …

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Volant mammals

gliding mammaliaform Maiopatagium furculiferum

Volant mammals, fossils of gliding animals from the dinosaur period have been discovered in China. Instantly fossilized to preserve the flying membrane Not uniformitarianism evolution but rapid changes Life designed using appropriate building blocks? Structural components can re appear if needed Issues from age of fossil dating resolved if date of gliding mammaliaform Maiopatagium furculiferum …

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Bloody hell!

fossils blood fossils preservation

Relatively recent instant blood preservation or 30 million year old blood preserved so incredibly well that scientists suggest it looks like it was prepared today for laboratory analysis? Two monkeys grooming each other about 20-30 million years ago may have helped produce a remarkable new find – the first fossilized red blood cells from a …

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Australian dinosaurs and the Emu Man

Australian Aborigine mythology Marala Emu Man

There are over 1000 dinosaur tracks, with the largest variety discovered so far of more than 20 different dinosaurs types, preserved in a huge area, now becoming known as the Western Australia Dinosaur Coast or Australia’s Jurassic Park. These coastal dino footprints have been documented near the beautiful beach of Broome, along the Dampier Peninsula …

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