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Skye dinosaur footprints

10 December 2015

The Times, December 2nd 2015, has a report on the discovery of dinosaur footprints on the island of Skye, which is situated off the west coast of Scotland and is renowned for its scenery (and its excessive rainfall). In the Jurassic the boundaries between land and ocean were somewhat different to what they are today. Large parts of southern Britain were underneath a shallow semi tropical sea and the coastline of what is now Skye, or the peninsular where the footprints were found, was a coastal lagoon, and the footrpints, it is claimed, were made in the shallow water of that lagoon, on the sandy bottom. There are of course other ways to look at the geology – but whether it was mud or sand is irrelevant here as the footprints have incredibly survived over millions of years (presumably cooked in situ). The research on the discovery is published in the Scottish Journal of Geology.

At www.livescience.com/53039-new-jurassic-horned-dinosaur.html … a dinosaur the size of a spaniel has been unearthed in the Gobi desert and was an early member of a family of dinosaurs that included the giant Tricerotops. It was found in a fossil bed and other, new kinds of dinosaur, are expected to emerge from the site. It is described in a video at the link above and in the Decmeber 9th issue of PLOS ONE, the online journal.

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/180-million-yr-old-… … we have two more dinosaur fossils but this time from Yunnan Prvince in SW China

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