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Preserving the unpreservable : a lost world rediscovered at Christian Malford, UK

Wilby, Philip R.; Duff, Keith; Page, Kevin; Martin, Susan. 2008 Preserving the unpreservable : a lost world rediscovered at Christian Malford, UK. Geology Today, 24 (3). 95-98. 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2008.00666.x

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Abstract/Summary

The small village of Christian Malford, Wiltshire (UK) is known to palaeontologists the world over because of the chance discovery of an astonishing fossil bonanza in the mid-nineteenth century. Pits in the Jurassic Oxford Clay yielded thousands of specimens of exquisitely preserved ammonites, fish and crustaceans, but became most famous for squid-like cephalopods and belemnites (collectively termed coleoids) with fossilized soft-parts. The precise location of the find has remained obscure, until now, and a new attempt is underway to understand the ancient environment that triggered this unusual preservation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2008.00666.x
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2008 > Geology and Landscape England
ISSN: 0266-6979
Additional Keywords: Geological map sheet 266, Oxford Clay Formation, Palaeontology, Wiltshire
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 14 Aug 2008 10:55
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3836

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