Fossilised bones from an amphibian like creature that lived on the west coast 325 million years ago have been found in Co Clare
Fossilised bones from an amphibian-like creature that lived on the west coast 325 million years ago have been found in Co Clare.
Dr Eamon Doyle, a geologist with Clare County Council, has outlined details of his find in the latest edition of the Irish Journal of Earth Sciences.The two small bones are thought to have formed part of the leg and hip of a creature that predated the first lizards. These eventually evolved into dinosaurs 100 million years later.
Dr Doyle said the find originates from the time that amphibians evolved from fish and first began to colonise land.It is believed the tiny creature in question would have been scurrying around the west Clare coast 325 million years ago. It lived during the Carboniferous period, which spans a 61 million year timeframe.
The discovery of bones in rocks of this age are said to be very rare. The fossilised bones are 10mm in length.Dr Doyle said the creature would fit in the palm of a hand and probably lived along a swampy coastline, in an estuary or on a river further inland.
He thinks the amphibian may have been washed out to sea in a flood. Its bones settled on the seafloor before they were buried and eventually fossilised.It is not the first time the Clare-based palaeontologist has made such an interesting discovery.Last year, a 435 million-year-old starfish fossil he found in Conamara (Connemara) went on display at the Museum of Natural History in Dublin.
That was described by researchers as an "exceptional fossil" that provided a key piece of evidence in the hunt for signs of life, in an ocean that covered the country millions of years ago. Read more: RTÉ News »
New housing minister. We can find a 325 million year old fossil but can't find a hurling manager! Guess that was money well spent then! Would this suggest that the climate was warmer back then. Oh yes perhaps the climate has always being changing and it did it on its own with human interference. hup the Banner!
Who found it, Detective inspector Colleen Rooney? There's been older than that seen at the Lisdoonvarna festival Sure his footprints are on Valentina Island lol Can’t wait till you twist the story that the creature was actually from African amphibians that settled her first And this is what LeoVaradkar has given the exhumation licence for 😄
It’s Enda Kenny. Could Be The First Fossilised Bones Of look alike Mr Trump. felixkeg me
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