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Preliminary observations and implications of a new Bathonian (Middle Jurassic) lagerstätte in Wiltshire, UK
June 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
with a focus on the micropalaeontology and geochemistry
given by Dr. Steve Stukins (Senior Curator Micropalaeontology, Natural History Museum, London)
A new UK Bathonian (Middle Jurassic) lagerstätte has been revealed and was publicised last year as one of the most important Jurassic echinoderm localities in the world. Excavation of the site has produced thousands of exceptionally preserved articulated echinoderms including at least 18 species, belonging to all five extant echinoderm classes. A closer look however, at the range of other fossil groups has shown the exceptional preservation and diversity is not limited to the echinoderms.
Stephen will be presenting initial findings from the palynological and microfaunal investigations along with some geochemical analysis in order to help understand the local environment and why this ‘unique’ site exists. The wider context of palaeogeography and our understanding of the UK Jurassic will also be opened up to debate.