Bones of 325 million-year-old amphibian found in Clare

Fossilised bones from an amphibian like creature that lived on the west coast 325 million years ago have been found in Co Clare

09/10/2019 23:48:00

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.

Gardaí investigate 'racially motivated incident' after young people filmed pushing woman into canal 200 more cases of Covid-19 'deeply concerning' - Glynn 200 additional cases of Covid-19, no further deaths

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

British teen charged with murder after 18-year-old found with stab woundJoshua Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene in Hinckley at around 12.55am on Monday.

'But what we have is not equal': LGBTQ couple call on Minister to address same-sex parental rights'But what we have is not equal': LGBTQ couple call on Minister to address same-sex parental rights, writes annavdesigns

Man who confessed to murder of 93 women is 'most prolific serial killer' in US historyThe FBI said Samuel Little has confessed to 93 murders and federal crime analysts believe all of his confessions are credible

Two men to appear in court in connection with murder of Vincent ParsonsThe 34-year-old died after being assaulted in Tallaght in August.

Two men rearrested in connection with murder of Vincent ParsonsTwo men rearrested by gardaí in connection with murder of Vincent Parsons