Amphibian, Clare County Council, Fossils, Tetrapod

Amphibian, Clare County Council

325-million-year-old amphibian fossil discovered in Co Clare

The 10mm-long bones are believed to come from a small amphibian that would have been an ancestor to the first lizards.

10/10/2019 00:58:00

The fossilised bones of a tiny amphibian-like creature, dating back 325 million years, have been discovered in Co Clare.

The 10mm-long bones are believed to come from a small amphibian that would have been an ancestor to the first lizards.

THE FOSSILIZED BONES of a tiny amphibian-like creature, dating back 325 million years, have been discovered in Co Clare.The 10mm-long bones are believed to come from a leg and possibly a hip bone of a small amphibian that would have been an ancestor to the first lizards.

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The discovery, published in the Irish Journal of Earth Sciences, was made by Dr Eamon Doyle a geologist for the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark and fossil vertebrate researcher Aodhán Ó Gogáin of Trinity College Dublin.

The fossil, which discovered in a shale formation, is “the oldest stratigraphically well-constrained tetrapod skeletal fossil material described from Ireland”, according to the article.The amphibian lived during a geological time called the Carboniferous Period which lasted from 360 to 299 million years ago and is thought to have lived along a swampy coastline, either in an estuary or along rivers further inland.

Researchers believe it may have been washed out to sea during a storm or flood with the bones eventually settling onto the muddy seafloor where they were buried and turned to fossils. Read more: TheJournal.ie »

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