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Dinosaurs on Skye

12 March 2020

At https://phys.org/news/2020-03-dinosaur-stomping-ground-scotland-reveals…. … during the Jurassic period the Isle of Skye in Scotland was home to dinosaurs. Various fossil bones have been discovered and now a winter storm has revealed dinosaur footprints on what is said to have been mud flats. Well, they are in mud stone so there must have been mud where they were walking, or running. It is not clear if the coastline was in the vicinity of where it is nowadays as there is an extensive continental shelf system off Ireland and Scotland and Skye could well have been miles from the coast. Luckily for all of us the mud (later hardened, presumably by heat) has preserved them.

At https://phys.org/news/2020-03-discovery-smallest-mesozoic-dinosaur-revea… … the discovery of a small dinosaur, as small as a songbird, preserved in Burmese amber. It is a dinosaur rather than a bird – and the thinking is it might well be a transitionary creature. See https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2068-4

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