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  1. Dinosaurs mapped in the UK

    Linked below is a map of dinosaurs discovered in the UK if anyone is interested. It is important to bear in mind that this is not every fossil. Not all fossils discovered are dinosaurs. And these discoveries are almost never full skeletons. They often get reclassified decades later once more data becomes available. I couldn't figure out how to embed the map in this post so posting a link to it instead. The link functionality on this forum created a completely different map showing different information non-dinosaur related. The search bar doesn't work either so ignore that. https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Minimalist/index.html?appid=60e54e6f6fa64da8a14a0c5129dd783a The map was created by mapping and analytics company Esri UK . Comments from an individual on this map (not 100% accurate): Sorry, but not a very accurate depiction of Welsh dinosaurs. You've missed off the lovely jaw bone found in 1898 at Stormy Down, and all mention of the footprints which include the most important Late Triassic trackways in Europe. Also, it's very misleading to include the Sphenodontid reptile Clevosaurus which is not anything to do with dinosaurs. Many, many grammatical errors throughout too! The interactive map is fairly poor and misleading. Then to finish, you tempt us with historic Welsh geologists but only mention Dorothea Bate when you could have included so many others. Finally - your list of where to collect dinosaur fossils in the UK includes a lot of places where the rocks are far too young, and you'll never find any dinosaurs, ever! Even your very first sentence is wrong. Dinosaurs died out 66 million years ago, not 65. I'm not just being picky, but if you're going to write something like this, you should try to get more of your facts right, plea Sorry, but not a very accurate depiction of Welsh dinosaurs. You've missed off the lovely jaw bone found in 1898 at Stormy Down, and all mention of the footprints which include the most important Late Triassic trackways in Europe. Also, it's very misleading to include the Sphenodontid reptile Clevosaurus which is not anything to do with dinosaurs. Many, many grammatical errors throughout too! The interactive map is fairly poor and misleading. Then to finish, you tempt us with historic Welsh geologists but only mention Dorothea Bate when you could have included so many others. Finally - your list of where to collect dinosaur fossils in the UK includes a lot of places where the rocks are far too young, and you'll never find any dinosaurs, ever! Even your very first sentence is wrong. Dinosaurs died out 66 million years ago, not 65. I'm not just being picky, but if you're going to write something like this, you should try to get more of your facts right, plea ************************************************************************** A nicer interactive map (but around the world) can be found here: https://paleobiodb.org/navigator/ PBDB Navigator allows users to explore the Paleobiology Database through space, time, and taxonomy. Some engineers have created an interactive map to navigate the overwhelming amount of data created by the Paleobiology Database, a massive collection of information about fossils and related research. The map essentially plots the location of every fossil ever found by scientists, from early mammals to dinosaurs. (Not sure how accurate and up to date it is but still useful). To search the map, you can click on different geologic eras, the strata that the organism was found in, or search the specific taxonomy you're looking for. The map shows the continents as they are today by default, but when you click on a different geological era they rearrange themselves, showing how dramatically tectonic plates have shift over millions of years. If you aren't looking for anything specific, just click around randomly and see what pops up. You can zoom in on any part of the world and see what kinds of fossils have been found there. ____ ___ .-~. /_"-._ `-._~-. / /_ "~o\ :Y \ \ / : \~x. ` ') ] Y / | Y< ~-.__j / ! _.--~T : l l< /.-~ / / ____.--~ . ` l /~\ \<|Y / / .-~~" /| . ',-~\ \L| / / / .^ \ Y~Y \.^>/l_ "--' / Y .-"( . l__ j_j l_/ /~_.-~ . Y l / \ ) ~~~." / `/"~ / \.__/l_ | \ _.-" ~-{__ l : l._Z~-.___.--~ | ~---~ / ~~"---\_ ' __[> l . _.^ ___ _>-y~ \ \ . .-~ .-~ ~>--" / \ ~---" / ./ _.-' "-.,_____.,_ _.--~\ _.-~ ~~ ( _} `. ~( ) \ /,`--'~\--'~\ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dinosaurs in the UK Baryonyx Becklespinax Camptosaurus Cetiosauriscus Cetiosaurus Dacentrurus Eotyrannus Eustrepto-spondylus Hylaeosaurus Hypsilophodon Iguanodon Lexovisaurus Megalosaurus Metriacantho-saurus Neovenator Pantydraco Pelorosaurus Polacanthus Proceratosaurus Saltopus Sarcosaurus Scelidosaurus Thecodonto-saurus Valdosaurus I was bored so added pics of all dinosaurs from around the world below: Aardonyx Abelisaurus Achelousaurus Achillobator Acrocantho-saurus Aegyptosaurus Afrovenator Agilisaurus Alamosaurus Albertaceratops Albertosaurus Alectrosaurus Alioramus Allosaurus Alvarezsaurus Amargasaurus Ammosaurus Ampelosaurus Amygdalodon Anatotitan Anchiceratops Anchisaurus Ankylosaurus Anserimimus Antarctopelta Antarctosaurus Apatosaurus Aragosaurus Aralosaurus Archaeoceratops Archaeopteryx Archaeornitho-mimus Argentinosaurus Arrhinoceratops Atlascopco-saurus Aucasaurus Austrosaurus Avaceratops Avimimus Azendohsaurus Bactrosaurus Bagaceratops Bambiraptor Barapasaurus Barosaurus Baryonyx Becklespinax Beipiaosaurus Bellusaurus Borogovia Brachiosaurus Brachyceratops Brachylophosaurus Brachytrachelopan Bugenasaura Buitreraptor Camarasaurus Camptosaurus Carcharodonto-saurus Carnotaurus Caudipteryx Cedarpelta Centrosaurus Ceratosaurus Cetiosauriscus Cetiosaurus Chaoyangsaurus Chasmosaurus Chialingosaurus Chindesaurus Chinshakiango-saurus Chirostenotes Chubutisaurus Chungkingo-saurus Citipati Coelophysis Coelurus Coloradisaurus Compsognathus Conchoraptor Confuciusornis Corythosaurus Cryolophosaurus Dacentrurus Daspletosaurus Datousaurus Deinocheirus Deinonychus Deltadromeus Diceratops Dicraeosaurus Dilophosaurus Diplodocus Dracorex Dravidosaurus Dromaeosaurus Dromiceiomimus Dryosaurus Dryptosaurus Dubreuillosaurus Edmontonia Edmontosaurus Einiosaurus Elaphrosaurus Emausaurus Eolambia Eoraptor Eotyrannus Equijubus Erketu Erlikosaurus Euhelopus Euoplocephalus Europasaurus Euskelosaurus Eustrepto-spondylus Fukuiraptor Fukuisaurus Gallimimus Gargoyleosaurus Garudimimus Gasosaurus Gasparinisaura Gastonia Giganotosaurus Gilmoreosaurus Giraffatitan Gobisaurus Gorgosaurus Goyocephale Graciliceratops Gryposaurus Guaibasaurus Guanlong Hadrosaurus Hagryphus Haplocantho-saurus Harpymimus Herrerasaurus Hesperosaurus Heterodonto-saurus Homalocephale Huayangosaurus Hylaeosaurus Hypacrosaurus Hypselosaurus Hypsilophodon Iguanodon Indosuchus Ingenia Irritator Isisaurus Janenschia Jaxartosaurus Jingshanosaurus Jinzhousaurus Jobaria Juravenator Kentrosaurus Khaan Kotasaurus Kritosaurus Lamaceratops Lambeosaurus Lapparento-saurus Leaellynasaura Leptoceratops Lesothosaurus Lexovisaurus Liaoceratops Liaoxiornis Ligabuesaurus Liliensternus Lophorhothon Lophostropheus Lufengosaurus Lurdusaurus Lycorhinus Magyarosaurus Maiasaura Majungatholus Malawisaurus Mamenchisaurus Mapusaurus Marshosaurus Masiakasaurus Massospondylus Maxakalisaurus Megalosaurus Melanorosaurus Metriacantho-saurus Microceratops Micropachy-cephalosaurus Microraptor Minmi Monolopho-saurus Mononykus Mussaurus Muttaburra-saurus Nanotyrannus Nanshiungo-saurus Nemegtosaurus Neovenator Neuquenosaurus Nigersaurus Nipponosaurus Noasaurus Nodosaurus Nomingia Nothronychus Nqwebasaurus Omeisaurus Opisthocoeli-caudia Ornitholestes Ornithomimus Orodromeus Oryctodromeus Othnielia Ouranosaurus Oviraptor Pachycephalo-saurus Pachyrhino-saurus Panoplosaurus Pantydraco Paralititan Parasaurolophus Parksosaurus Patagosaurus Pelicanimimus Pelorosaurus Pentaceratops Piatnitzkysaurus Pinacosaurus Pisanosaurus Plateosaurus Platyceratops Pleurocoelus Podokesaurus Poekilopleuron Polacanthus Prenocephale Probactrosaurus Proceratosaurus Pro-compsognathus Prosaurolophus Prot-archaeopteryx Protoceratops Protohadros Psittacosaurus Quaesitosaurus Rebbachisaurus Rhabdodon Rhoetosaurus Rinchenia Riojasaurus Rugops Saichania Saltasaurus Saltopus Sarcosaurus Saurolophus Sauropelta Saurophaganax Saurornithoides Scelidosaurus Scutellosaurus Secernosaurus Segisaurus Segnosaurus Seismosaurus Shamosaurus Shanag Shantungo-saurus Shunosaurus Shuvuuia Silvisaurus Sinocalliopteryx Sinornithosaurus Sinosauropteryx Sinraptor Sinvenator Sonidosaurus Spinosaurus Staurikosaurus Stegoceras Stegosaurus Stenopelix Struthiomimus Struthiosaurus Stygimoloch Styracosaurus Suchomimus Supersaurus Syntarsus Talarurus Tanius Tarbosaurus Tarchia Telmatosaurus Tenontosaurus Thecodonto-saurus Therizinosaurus Thescelosaurus Torosaurus Torvosaurus Triceratops Troodon Tsagantegia Tsintaosaurus Tuojiangosaurus Tylocephale Tyrannosaurus Udanoceratops Unenlagia Urbacodon Utahraptor Valdosaurus Velociraptor Vulcanodon Wuerhosaurus Yandusaurus Yangchuano-saurus Yimenosaurus Yingshanosaurus Yinlong Yuanmousaurus Yunnanosaurus Zalmoxes Zephyrosaurus Zuniceratops
  2. G'day all! After three years since my last visit to the UK, i finally returned in December 2017 for another massive collecting trip across England. This was my most ambitious tour of the UK's Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrate deposits thus far, with 20 days of collecting across ten different locations. These were (in chronological order from first visit): Abbey Wood in East London Beltinge in Kent Bouldnor on the Isle of Wight Compton Bay to Grange Chine on the Isle of Wight Lyme Regis to Charmouth in Dorset Aust Cliff in Gloucestershire Saltwick Bay in Yorkshire Kings dyke in Cambridgeshire Minster in Kent Tankerton in Kent. If you went collecting at any of these places in the last month, there's probably a 25.6975% chance you saw me looking very intimidating hunched over in my hooded rain jacket and muddy pants 14 of those collecting days were back-to-back, a new record for me, though it was very tiring! Having just come from the hot Australian summer, winter collecting in England was certainly a challenge at times and my fingers and toes froze to the point i could barely feel them on multiple occasions. Temperatures for many of the days reached 0 degrees celcius or below, with ice on the ground around me and even snow falling while i was trying to collect! I also went out during the middle of the night to collect using a head torch on some occasions (mainly at Bouldnor) due to the tidal conditions and bad weather which prevented collecting during the day. All in all i am certainly pleased with how the trip went, i was successful at all locations with the exception of Tankerton. For some of the locations (Aust Cliff, Kings dyke, Saltwick Bay) it was also my first and only visit, so i'm glad i still managed to do well with no prior experience at these sites and with such limited time at each. I have tried to write this trip report not only as a means of showing you guys my finds but also to provide an informative overview of some of the better locations for Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrates across England for others who might be planning similar trips. Anyway, here are the results! Pictures will be spread across the next 12 posts due to file size restrictions. Abbey Wood - East London (6/12/17, 30/12/17 and 31/12/17) Formation: Blackheath ('Lesnes Shell Bed') Deposit Age: 54.5 million years (Eocene) Fossil Diversity: Sharks, bony fish, chimaeroids, bivalves, gastropods, rare mammals, turtles and crocodiles This was one of only two inland locations i visited (the other being Kings dyke). As i have found, the majority of the UK's easily accessible fossil collecting locations are coastal! Abbey Wood is an excellent location just 45 minutes on the tube from central London. It is situated in a park called the Lesnes Abbey Woods and there is a small collecting area that is open to the public for shallow digging (see my first two pictures below). You definitely need a sifter, shovel and basin of water at this location to have any real success. Be warned though that once you combine the fine Blackheath sediments with water during sifting you get some pretty gnarly mud so expect to come away from this site looking like you've just been rolling around in the dirt. I'm sure i got some interesting looks from people on the tube going back to London it was all worth it though, as every single sift load produced at least one shark tooth across the three days i visited. Very impressive considering the number of obvious holes dotted around the ground from years worth of other collectors visiting. It should be noted though that the mammalian material from this location is of high scientific importance, and collecting here is allowed on the condition that any mammalian finds be brought to the attention of and handed in to specialists like Dr Jerry hooker at the Natural History Museum in London. I didn't find any such material on my trips unfortunately. Here is the designated collecting area. The statue at the front is of Coryphodon, one of the rare Eocene mammals that has been found at the site. The full haul of shark teeth from three days of sifting in the collecting area. Most are from Striatolamia and Sylvestrilamia. I gave up trying to count them once i got past 100 Some of the other fishy bits that often turn up during sifting, including guitar fish teeth on the far left and two dermal denticles (Hypolophodon sylvestris), one gar pike fish tooth in the middle (Lepisosteus suessionensis), one shark vertebra down the bottom and unidentified bony fish vertebrae on the right. I don't typically collect shells, but i picked these up for the sake of adding a bit more diversity to my Abbey Wood collection. These are bivalves and gastropods of various species. The molluscan diversity from this one location is actually quite impressive. Beltinge - Kent (7/12/17 and 29/12/17) Formation: Upnor ('Beltinge Fish Bed') Deposit Age: 56.5 million years old (Paleocene) Fossil Diversity: Sharks, chimaeroids, bony fish, rays, turtles, crocodiles, bivalves, wood This is my favourite shark tooth collecting location in the UK and probably my favourite that i have visited anywhere so far. The shoreline directly opposite the access point at the end of Reculver Drive in Beltinge is loaded with teeth and dare i say it's impossible to come here and walk away empty handed. The shore however is very flat so there is generally only about a two hour window of time that collecting can be carried out here, one hour either side of low tide. Conditions can also vary depending on how sanded over the shore is, whether the Beltinge Fish Bed itself is exposed and how low the tide drops. However even on a poor day you will still find teeth here, just not as many! I experienced this first hand as the first day i visited on December 7th the conditions were excellent. The tide dropped quite low, there wasn't too much sand covering the clay and the Beltinge Fish Bed was exposed. This allowed direct in-situ collecting of teeth from this rich layer and i ended up with something like 240 teeth from just a couple of hours of looking. The second visit i made on December 29 of the same month was almost the exact opposite. It's amazing how quickly these coastal locations can change! The shore was largely sanded over, the fish bed was covered and the tide didn't drop anywhere near as much. I was out about the same amount of time as the first but only managed 69 teeth (only ). Keep these things in mind if you are planning a visit. Luckily though i didn't just find shark teeth, i also managed to locate some of the other less common finds as you will see below! Here is the area of shoreline that produces teeth, photographed on December 7th. It was quite cold and rainy! Three teeth sitting next to each other as found. More as-found shark teeth. This one made me quite excited when i saw it. It's a large piece of chimaeroid fish jaw and mouthplate coming straight from the Beltinge Fish Bed itself (the darker, dull-green sandy clay in this picture). Beltinge is continued in the next post.
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