Utah Unveils extremely rare Jurassic Era Fossils, An “extremely rare” group of prehistoric bones was recently discovered amid alterations in the lake’s shoreline by a field team examining prehistoric artefacts at Lake Powell, under the direction of palaeontologist Powell. This was disclosed by officials on Friday. The tritylodontid bonebed was discovered in Utah’s Navajo Sandstone by the palaeontologist team last spring when they were recording animal traces.
Utah Unveils extremely rare Jurassic Era Fossils in Southern Utah :
The depletion of Lake Powell this year led to the discovery of exceedingly rare fossils from the Jurassic period by a field crew. Fossilised bones and teeth can be found there. These fossils will join the Glen Canyon NRA Museum Collection once they have been cleaned and analysed, according to the National Park Service.
This bonebed was found by palaeontologists in March of this year. The field team was recording tracks when they came upon a unique collection of fossils, including bone pieces, genuine bones, and impressions of tritylodontid mammaliforms. These prehistoric beings were the ancestors of mammals and were thought to have engaged in plant-eating practises as early as the early Jurassic era, or around 180 million years ago. Tritylodontids belong to this early lineage since it is thought that the earliest mammals originated on Earth between 170 and 225 million years ago.
The Navajo Sandstone site was only accessible for 120 days, according to the Park Service, and it was only during that time that the field team was able to retrieve these unique fossils. This was made possible by the fact that Lake Powell’s shifting water levels had caused the site to become submerged. This timing, according to the Park Service, was essential since palaeontologists were present just before the lake’s yearly snowfall flooded it.
• The fossils were discovered within a brief 120-day window when the area was reachable because of changes in Lake Powell’s water levels.
• In the neighbouring Kayenta Formation, which is a little older than the Navajo Sandstone, another unique bonebed was discovered.
• At the location, many hundred pounds of stone containing fossilised bones and skeletons were gathered.
• To find out more about the fossils, the rocks will be scanned and further investigated.
• Researchers Found an Extremely Rare Jurassic
The Kayenta Formation, a somewhat earlier stratum of rock where tritylodontid findings were also unearthed, also contained another unique bonebed, according to the Park Service, which was also discovered nearby.
According to the agency, the field crew gathered numerous hundred-pound rocks to surround the site’s fossilised bones and skeletons. The Utah South Jordan Health Centre will scan these rocks using computerised tomography and X-rays. As these fossils become a part of museum collections in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the study is carried out by laboratory and collections teams at Johnson Farm, St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site, supported by Petrified Forest National Park and the Smithsonian Institution.
According to the National Park Service, “Studying these fossils will help palaeontologists understand how mammalian relatives managed to survive on a large scale at the end of the Triassic period and diversified through the Jurassic period.”
How were these unique fossils found?
The field team only had a brief 120-day window to reach and extract these valuable fossils from Navajo Sandstone, according to the Park Service. Due to changes in Lake Powell’s water levels, the location became exposed, creating this opportunity. Palaeontologists were at the right location at the right moment, just before the yearly runoff replenished the lake, according to the Park Service, which highlighted that this discovery could only have been made.
The Kayenta Formation, which is somewhat older and made mostly of sandstone, where tritylodontid findings were also unearthed, also contained another uncommon bonebed, according to the Park Service.
The agency said that the site’s field team had gathered numerous hundred-pound rocks to surround the fossilised bones and skeletons. The Utah South Jordan Health Centre will use computerised tomography and X-rays to scan these stones. After that, with the assistance of Petrified Forest National Park and the Smithsonian Institution, laboratory and collections crews at Johnson Farm, St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site, will study the recovered boulders as they join the museum collections in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
“Studying these fossils will help palaeontologists understand how mammalian relatives managed to survive on a large scale at the end of the Triassic period and diversified through the Jurassic period,” the National Park Service said.
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