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Dinosaur stays on Jurassic site "may help with climate change plan"



Working on the discovery of dozens of dinosaurs at a Jurassic site could help a global climate change plan, a project scientist said.

Bones, fossils and traces of prehistoric creatures have been unearthed from the Jura Mission site in Wyoming, USA.

Professor Phil Manning, chair of natural history at Manchester University and one of the leading scientists on the project, said the site offered a window to the world 150 million years ago.

He said: "The Jurassic period was a time of global climate change. As Pangea's supercontinent disintegrated, this had a huge impact on atmospheric circulation patterns around the world, affecting the evolution of all life on Earth.

"By studying the body's adaptations and environmental changes occurring in the Jurassic region, we can learn a lot about how life" found a way. "

"If we can learn from the past by using the back of the fossils, we could plan for a brighter future under the current shadow of mass climate change."

Professor Manning, Research Assistant Dr Victoria Egerton and a team from Manchester are partnering with the Indianapolis Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History in London and the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, The Netherlands, to work on a £ 20 million research project , exploration and possibly an exhibition of fossils from the site.

Nearly 600 specimens, including the brachiosaurus bones of 80 feet long and 90 feet of diplodocide, were already collected from part of the site within two years before the project was announced in March.

Since then, Prof. Manning said, dozens of dinosaur remains have been found in the quarries of the plot from miles away.

The Indianapolis Children's Museum, the project's lead organization, said seven tons of fossil material were excavated and transported to the museum.

The finds include saurapods, some of the largest terrestrial animals that have lived, and meat-eating allosaurus as well as ichthyosaurs, dolphin-like creatures as large as dinner plates, and thousands of shellfish fossils known as devils nail nails.

Prof. Manning said: “The team at my University of Manchester has been working hard with the Indianapolis Children's Museum to differentiate between the many species of sauropods, theropods and ornithic dinosaurs.

"It's hard to walk because bones often break down into what seems like an impossible game of the Twister dinosaur … badly done!"

Like the remains, the team discovered a "world-class series" of dinosaur songs.

"The more we discover, the less I seem to know because our site provides so much data," said Prof. Manning. "It can be a little overwhelming."

Only 1% of the site was surveyed, and Prof. Manning said the findings so far have been incredibly preserved.

He said: "In many cases, the bones look as if the animal stopped days ago and was frozen in the sands of time.

"The combination of incredible fossils, plants and bones, combined with vast and rich in fossil exposures, made the Mission Jura site an important window on Earth's life 150 million years ago.

"We are so excited to be able to tell this story through a huge future exhibit at the Indianapolis Children's Museum, but also through our research at Manchester University."


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