Burrows, North Slope Of Alaska, Antarctica discussed on John Batchelor


Trace fossils have might have been left by animals in that area. More than one hundred million years before the crashing waves on the beach. They were hitting rocks that have been formed in river valleys and rift valleys one hundred and five million. Years ago when Australia was still connected to Antarctica. It was near the south pole. This was one of the most fantastic aspects of doing this field work was looking for these traces of dinosaurs. That lived near the south pole. Sadly, their bones are very rare in that area. But what it also happened was tracks were very rare too. So we had been searching for nearly three weeks, and we had not found any dinosaur tracks at all. As we're walking down the beach, though, I see some little boroughs fossil Burrows that I recognize as being made by insect larvae, Andy's insect larvae. I also remembered a time I've been on a riverbank up in the North Slope of Alaska, and I'd seen modern insect. Burrows have looked just like those so immediately I thought this is the right environment. This is the right place where these dinosaur tracks could have been preserved. So my colleagues say walk ahead of me. They're also looking for bones. I'm not that interested hence the title. Oh, my book. But as I'm walking along a big slab of rock to my left catches my eye. I turned heilige slowly to my left. And I realized that there's this impression in the rock that looks like three fingers had been stuck.

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