Tracking dinosaurs in Scotland

Clark, N.D.L. (2005) Tracking dinosaurs in Scotland. Open University Geological Society Journal, 26(2), pp. 30-35.

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Abstract

Dinosaurs, the Loch Ness Monster not included, are a rarity in Scotland. Although dinosaurs have been known of in England and elsewhere in the world for over 300 years, it was only in the last 23 years that dinosaurs began to appear in Scotland. The first discovery of dinosaur remains on the Isle of Skye was that of a single 49cm long ornithopod footprint discovered in 1982. Since then dinosaur footprints and trackways have turned up in Bathonian rocks of the Middle Jurassic Valtos Sandstone, Duntulm and the Kilmaluag Formations. Dinosaur bones have also been found in rocks of Hettangian, Bajocian and Bathonian age.

A story of broken limbs, helicopters and restricted access due to dangerous rockfalls, dinosaur hunting and tracking is still a dangerous sport in Scotland, not to be undertaken by the faint hearted. The Isle of Skye can be regarded as one of the foremost Middle Jurassic sites for dinosaur remains worldwide and continues to reveal its world-record-breaking secrets more and more, every year.

Item Type:Articles (Other)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Dr Neil
Authors: Clark, N.D.L.
College/School:University Services > Library and Collection Services > Museum and Art Gallery
Journal Name:Open University Geological Society Journal
ISSN:0143-9472

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