Fossil Reptiles of Great Britain by M. J. Benton, P. S. Spencer (auth.)

By M. J. Benton, P. S. Spencer (auth.)

British Fossil reptile websites are of overseas significance considering the fact that they contain is still that fill the time gaps poorly recognized in other places. They comprise wealthy vintage reptile beds which were the resource of dozens of vital specimens. This quantity information all these websites that experience yielded fossil reptiles. The fifty most vital localities are defined intimately and an in depth bibliography of every thing released on British Fossil reptiles on the grounds that 1676 is provided.

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The conservation value of this quarry lies in its uniqueness in Britain, its international importance and potential for future significant finds with reworking. MASONSHAUGH QUARRY, CUMMINGSTOWN, GRAMPIAN (NZ 125692) Highlights Masonshaugh is famous for its fossil reptile tracks. Many complete specimens of trackways were found when the quarry was operational, and these show evidence of many reptiles, small, medium and large, trotting northwards across the sands. Introduction Masonshaugh Quarry, situated next to a disused railway line, comprises a 400 m long north-facing exposure on the coast.

1850a, 1850b) and in the scientific world (Lyell, 1852, p. ix; Brickenden, 1852) as evidence of the oldest tetrapod, together with the Leplopleuron (Ielerpeton) from Spynie (Benton, 1983c). Numerous further slabs were collected during the 1850s (Beckles, 1859; Huxley, 1859b; Hickling, 1909). Huxley (1859b, pp. 456-9, pI. 14, figs 4, 5) described and figured footprints which were larger than those found by Brickenden. At the same time, Beckles (1859) hired workmen and carpenters and extracted many tracks from the quarry, which was supplying material for the new railway from Burghead to Hopeman on the coast.

However, there is usually a mound of sand behind each print (Brickenden, 1852; Huene, 1913; Watson and Hickling, 1914), perhaps indicating that the producers of most trackways were moving uphill. These mounds are seen also behind the large footprints at Clashach. Martin (c. 1860) gave a detailed account of the occurrence of tracks at Masonshaugh, and notes that all were heading in one direction (towards today's North Pole). He considered that the producers were moving down to the Moray Firth across the beach to find the sea!

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