Large number of fossils buried in sea have been discovered by scientists in a quarry in England’s Cotswold Hills.
The age of fossils is said to be more than 200 million years old. Scientists have named it ‘Jurassic Pompeii’.
The fossil site contains many echinoderms such as sea cucumbers and starfish. They may have been killed in unknown natural calamities.
The initial investigations say that the natural calamity might be mudslide as large amount of mudflow has been discovered near the areas. This allowed the fossils to be preserved.
Alongside the organism, water lilies, wood samples, pollen sample and rocks were also found preserved. Study of these items will help in studying climatic conditions.
Significance of site
The site may have been created in the early phase of transition in seas when more than half of the marine species had died during a mass extinction event.
It is difficult to locate such a site as majority of the dead organisms would have been devoured by scavengers. Perhaps the mud kept the organisms fossiled.