Maraming nadiskubre ang mga Paleontologists na labi ng sinaunang isda, marine reptiles, squids at mga insekto sa isang farmer’s field sa Gloucestershire, England. Ang lugar na ito pala ay isang “prehistoric site” na noon ay isang bahagi ng “tropical sea”.
Mayroon na silang natagpuan dito na “English Longhorn cattle” na halos 183 milyong taon na ang tanda. Sa kabila ng napakahabang taon na lumipas ay talagang “well-preserved” pa rin ito.
Kalaunan ay nadiskubre na rin nila ang labi ng ilan pang sinaunang mga hayop. Mayroon ding isa pang lugar kung saan nakadiskubre sina Sally and Neville Hollingworth – mga avid fossil collector – ng mga labi ng isang mammoth, ito ang Court Farm, Kings Stanley malapit sa Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Naitampok rin ito sa BBC One documentary na “Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard” noong 2021.
“These fossils come from the Early Jurassic, specifically a time called the Toarcian. The clay layers exposed at this site near Stroud have yielded a significant number of well-preserved marine vertebrate fossils that are comparable to the famous and exquisitely preserved similar fauna of the Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte from Ilminster, Somerset—a prehistoric site of exceptional fossil preservation. Excavations at Kings Stanley over the last week have revealed a rich source of fossil material, particularly from a rare layer of rock that has not been exposed since the late 19th Century.” Pahayag nina Sally at Neville.
“The site is quite remarkable, with numerous beautifully preserved fossils of ancient animals that once lived in a Jurassic sea that covered this part of the UK during the Jurassic. Inland locations with fossils like this are rare in the UK The fossils we have collected will surely form the basis of research projects for years to come.” Komento naman ng paleontologist at Visiting Scientist saThe University of Manchester na si Dr. Dean Lomax.