UK: “Jurassic Pompeii” yields thousands of “squiggly wiggly” fossils

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“‘If they could squeal, I’m sure they would have done.’ Palaeontologist Tim Ewin is standing in a quarry, recalling the calamity that’s written in the rocks under his mud-caked boots. ‘They tried to protect themselves, adopting the stress position of pulling their arms in,’ he continues. ‘But it was all in vain; you can see where their arms got snagged open, right up to the crown. They were pushed into the sediment and buried alive.’ There’s a little smile creeping across Tim’s face, and he’s got reason to be happy. The misfortune that struck this place 167 million years ago has delivered to him an extraordinary collection of fossil animals in what is unquestionably one of the most important Jurassic dig sites ever discovered in the UK.” (07/21/21)