Lavernock Point Strata

Origin of Welsh dragons found, claim scientists from University of Bristol who are studying a bone bed in Lavernock Point, Wales.  The bone bed has a nearly continuous thickness of 5 cm and contains a mix of bones of land and sea creatures including dinosaurs, fish, ichthyosaurs and lots of microfossils including fish teeth, scales and bone fragments. 

Two significant finds from a recent study included a bone from a coelacanth and an osteoderm (bony plate from skin) of a placodont, a marine reptile.  Owain Evans, who led the study explained: “The bone bed paints the picture of a tropical archipelago, which was subjected to frequent storms, that washed material from around the surrounding area, both in land and out at sea, into a tidal zone. This means that from just one fossil horizon, we can reconstruct a complex ecological system, with a diverse array of marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and placodonts in the water, and dinosaurs on land.”

Michael Benton from Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences, one of the project supervisors, commented: “The volume of dinosaur remains found at Lavernock is extremely exciting, and is a chance to study a complex, and often mysterious period in their evolutionary history. We have identified the remains of a large Plateosaurus like animal, along with several bones which likely belonged to a predatory theropod.”

According to the University of Bristol news release “The origins of the Welsh dragons have been pinned down at last.”

References: PhysOrg 30 May 2024; University of Bristol 30 May 2024; Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 23 May 1014,doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2024.05.001.

Editorial Comment:  The fact that this widespread bed is uniformly only 5cm points to flood current deposition.  It is good to see secular scientists recognising the mix of land and sea creatures results from being washed it, but it takes more than just storms in an intertidal zone to bury bones from a deep sea fish (coelacanth) with land dwelling dinosaurs.  Bonebeds of mixed fossils are the product of much larger floods where a mass of sediment has been picked up, mixed around and dumped. 

In fact, deposits of mixed fossils are very common, and serve as a reminder that the fossil record is not a series of evolutionary developments in living things, but a record of death on a massive scale.

Wales has long been known as a land of dragons, although it is only in the last 10 years that the remains real dragons, i.e. dinosaurs, have been found there.  Dragon bones have been known about for a long time around the world, but were given the formal name “Dinosauria” in 1841 by Richard Owen who set up the Natural History Museum in London, UK.  He and his associates continued to refer to the them as “old dragons” after that.  Since then many newly found dinosaur fossils have been given names that mean “dragon”, e.g. Lingwulong shenqi, meaning “amazing dragon of Lingwu”.  See our report here.

Creation Research News 5 June 2024

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