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2010-01-19 11:56:19

The sediments of the Kimmeridge Clay Formation were deposited during the Late Jurassic between around 160 and 145 million years ago, the age of the reptiles. They are the main oil source rock in the North Sea. However, within this unit beds rich in organic matter are interspersed with organic-poor sediments. New evidence demonstrates that organic-poor sediments were probably caused by post-depositional loss of organic matter during so-called 'burn-down' events. The Kimmeridge Clay Formation...

2008-07-16 00:00:19

By EXCLUSIVE Philip Bowern Pressure from the Devon Wildlife Trust, which succeeded in banning scallopers and other bottom trawlers from an area of Lyme Bay, could force the displaced fishermen to move into even more sensitive marine areas off Devon and Dorset. That warning was made to Paul Gompertz of the Devon Wildlife Trust as long ago as December last year in letters seen by the Western Morning News. Yet the trust pressed ahead with its calls for a ban on bottom trawling in a large...

2007-08-15 18:15:00

By ASHLEY WRAY A 200-MILLION-YEAR-OLD fish discovered by two amateur archaeologists may be one of the most significant fossil finds in recent decades, researchers said yesterday. Liverpool fossil hunters Keith Hackett and Mary Coates discovered the specimen searching for buried treasures below Lyme Regis's Church Cliffs, on Dorset's fabled Jurassic Coast. Measuring 88cm the fossil is believed to be the largest example of its kind ever uncovered in this country compared with existing...

2006-08-03 07:16:10

By Ben Hirschler LYME REGIS (Reuters) - The quaint seaside town of Lyme Regis with its narrow, winding streets seems a million miles from the melting polar ice caps or the flooded coral atolls of the Pacific. But the exposed steel piling behind the promenade and the newly reinforced beach, designed to stop Lyme from crumbling into the sea, show that this, too, is a corner of the planet threatened by climate change. Many scientists reckon the world is warming due to the "greenhouse...


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Scelidosaurus
2012-01-11 13:02:58

Scelidosaurus, meaning “limb lizard,” is a genus of herbivorous dinosaur from the Hettangian and Sinemurian stages of the Early Jurassic Period (208 to 194 million years ago). Its fossils have been discovered in both England and the United States -- in Arizona. Scelidosaurus has been called the earliest complete dinosaur known. The type specimen was discovered by James Harrison of Charmouth, England, while scouring the cliffs of Black Ven (between Charmouth and Lyme Regis) for raw...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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