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Rare Jurassic Fossils Discovered

A trove of exceptionally well preserved fossils has been discovered at Ya Ha Tinda Ranch near Banff National Park, helping to expand scientists’ knowledge of marine life that existed here more than 180 million years ago.

And an EOAS researcher was part of the discovery team. Benjamin Gill, a professor at Virginia Tech was talking with Theodore Them, an EOAS Arts & Sciences Fellow postdoc, when he noticed Theodore standing right on top of a lobster. They looked around and discovered fossils all around them. 

The lobster was the first sign the site could be special because lobsters’ flexible exoskeletons aren’t usually preserved as fossils. Other fossils recovered include delicate shrimp, fish skeletons, and “vampyropods” (a relative of the modern vampire squid) with their delicate ink sacks still intact.

(The above information taken from the official press release)

Follow the links below to read more.

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/rare-jurassic-fossils-found-near-banff

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/180-million-year-old-relative-vampire-squid-unearthed-newly-discovered-jurassic-fossil-bed-1603301

http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/news/2017/01/exceptionally-preserved-jurassic-sea-life-found-in-new-fossil-site/?platform=hootsuite

Photos provided by Theodore Them shown below