29 January 2012

Deer at Whiteford

[length 55mm] (c) R. Colley

Rob Colley wrote: 'This Whiteford-resident fossil was picked out of a recently-exposed peat slab on the beach at Whiteford point. Cardiff Museum Palaeontology Dept. have identified it as “the lower jaw back (or second) molar of a deer (possibly Red deer), deposited between 3000-11000 yrs ago. These (peat) beds built up in the low lying marshy ground behind coastal dunes… when … sea level was up to 25m lower than today.”
Maybe not all change down there can be attributed to sheep and quad bikes?'

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