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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...

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2009-10-28 05:50:00

British authorities reported that the fossilized skull of a giant sea monster has been discovered off England's Jurassic coast. The ruthless predator, called a pliosaur, once dominated the oceans 150 million years ago. The creature"Ëœs skull, which experts say could belong to one of the largest pliosaurs ever unearthed, had a skull almost 8 feet long and had an overall length of up to 52 feet. A local collector found the fossil, which has been bought by the Dorset County Council...

2008-07-27 00:00:24

Coastguards fear beachcombers could be killed by more cliff landslides if they continue to ignore warning signs along Devon's Jurassic Coast. It follows the latest collapse at Sidmouth where tonnes of earth, rocks and tree roots crashed onto Salcombe beach. The fall occurred between the Alma Bridge over the River Sid and Salcombe Mouth at the eastern end of the seafront on Thursday. The popular beach has been closed to the public for the past five years and signs warn people to stay...

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...