Sunday, July 25, 2021 08:25 AM (GMT+7)
Two amateur archaeologists have brought Britain a “Jurassic Pompeii”, where hundreds of fossilized “sea monsters” converge.
According to the Daily Express, the find belonged to Neville and Sally Hollingworth, a married couple. They used Google Earth to search for land they deemed “strange” and found a quarry in Wiltshire.
Archaeologists at the scene – Photo: AP
After obtaining permission from the quarry manager, they examined its clay floor, which is littered with small fossils, which are ancient sea creatures, most of which are extinct and very different from their living relatives. , including various types of starfish, peculiar ancient sea lilies. All of them are in amazingly perfect condition.
A large-scale excavation has been conducted under the direction of the Museum of Natural History, revealing an entire garden of “monsters” dating back 167 million years, which archaeologists have likened to “Pompeii” Jura”.
The ancient Roman city of Pompeii is famous for having everything inside “petrified” at the same time due to a sudden natural disaster, perfectly preserving most of the bodies in the poses they were unfinished when they arrived. alive.
So did Jurassic Pompeii. A mysterious catastrophe has “petrified” all of these strange creatures in an instant, thus providing archaeologists with the most realistic glimpse into life of these species in the Jurassic period, not only information about the structure or functioning of the body like other “static” fossils.
Many newly discovered species are molluscs, which decompose very quickly after death, so this fossil garden with specimens wrapped in stone in an instant should keep its shape even more valuable.
The area around this quarry is also where many Jurassic fossils have been discovered, with a date ranging from 164-176 million years ago.
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