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Jurassic marine world unearthed in a farmer's field

Jurassic marine world unearthed in a farmer’s field

Credit: University of Manchester The discovery of an exceptional prehistoric site containing the remains of animals that lived in a tropical sea has been made in a farmer’s field in Gloucestershire. Discovered beneath a field grazed by an ancient breed of English Longhorn cattle, the roughly 183-million-year-old fossils are stunningly well preserved like they were …

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A fossilized Pachycormus, an extinct genus of ray-finned fish.

‘Never seen anything like it’: Impeccably preserved Jurassic fish fossils found on UK farm

A farm in England was the unlikely source of a Jurassic jackpot: a treasure trove of 183 million-year-old fossils. On the outskirts of Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds, beneath soil that is currently trampled under the hooves of grazing cattle, researchers recently uncovered the fossilized remains of fish, giant marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs, squids, insects and …

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8-armed Jurassic 'vampire' used supersuckers to trap prey, amazing 3D images reveal

8-armed Jurassic ‘vampire’ used supersuckers to trap prey, amazing 3D images reveal

A Jurassic vampire squid-like creature used supersuckers to snatch prey out of the water column and lock it in place with a watertight seal, 3D imaging of several fossils reveals. For the first time, scientists used advanced 3D imaging techniques to examine in great detail the prey-snatching suckers of Vampyronassa rhodanica, an extinct relative of …

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