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14/05/2018 Matt Williams (Collections Manager at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution)

The Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte: A synopsis of the history, contents, and study of this little known Jurassic fossil site of extraordinary preservation from Somerset, England. (à la Doua, salle Fontannes)
When May 14, 2018
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
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The Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte

 

A synopsis of the history, contents, and study of this little known Jurassic fossil site of extraordinary preservation from Somerset, England.

In the 1840s the Somerset geologist Charles Moore discovered and excavated a series of remarkable fossils from Lower Jurassic limestone of Strawberry Bank, Ilminster, Somerset.

Occurring as a laterally discontinuous band of nodules, no more than 50cm thick, this deposit preserves a Toarcian, 183 Ma shallow marine/ costal fauna with very little compression and many delicate features including soft tissue. Moore’s unique collection was noted as important by his contemporaries, but little studied until the 21st century. The precise collecting locality was forgotten and the collection was neglected during the 20th century.

Over the last 12 years Matt Williams, Collections Manager at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution who cares for Moore’s fossils, has worked with the Palaeobiology Research Centre at University of Bristol (led by Professor Mike Benton) to facilitate and conduct new study into these fossils. This lecture will give insight into the fossils, their study, and what further information they may yet yield about this important fossil ecosystem.

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