The strawberry bank Lagerstätte reveals insights into early Jurassic life

Matt Williams, Michael J. Benton*, Andrew Ross

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte provides a rich insight into Early Jurassic marine vertebrate life, revealing exquisite anatomical detail of marine reptiles and large pachycormid fishes thanks to exceptional preservation, and especially the uncrushed, 3D nature of the fossils. The site documents a fauna of Early Jurassic nektonic marine animals (five species of fishes, one species of marine crocodilian, two species of ichthyosaurs, cephalopods and crustaceans), but also over 20 species of insects. Unlike other fossil sites of similar age, the 3D preservation at Strawberry Bank provides unique evidence on palatal and braincase structures in the fishes and reptiles. The age of the site is important, documenting a marine ecosystem during recovery from the end-Triassic mass extinction, but also exactly coincident with the height of the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event, a further time of turmoil in evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-692
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Geological Society
Volume172
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2015

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