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Fossil searching on Scotland’s Isle of Skye – the “actual Jurassic Park”

A whole lot of tens of millions of years have weathered Scotland’s distant Isle of Skye. The prehistoric secrets and techniques hidden within the island’s panorama have attracted a caravan of time vacationers led by American paleontologist Steve Brusatte, who invited CBS Information’ Jonathan Vigliotti alongside on his group’s quest. 

“I believe Scotland is without doubt one of the most enjoyable new frontiers for dinosaurs,” stated Brusatte, who has travelled to a number of the world’s most excessive landscapes. “And there is nonetheless plenty of fossils to seek out right here they usually’re vital fossils.”

Paleontologist Steve Brusatte and his group seek for fossils on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

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They’re vital as a result of they arrive from the center a part of the Jurassic interval, of which little is thought. It was a time when dinosaurs advanced from the dimensions of home cats into the monsters later dropped at life by Hollywood. On this actual life “Jurassic Park,” Brusatte is in pursuit of what may very well be stegosaurus bones.

What he finds is a bone with the proper of grain and texture – porous and honeycomb-like. Brusatte and his group have been in search of this for properly over a yr. One main problem is attempting to extract the rock to get these bones right into a lab for learning. 

Up to now 15 years, Brusatte has helped determine 15 new species of dinosaur.

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Steve Bursatte and his group found round 50 dinosaur prints on this one location that was possible a watering gap for dinosaurs. 

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A number of miles down the coast, Brusatte took CBS Information to an historic lagoon that was possible a watering gap for dinosaurs. There, when the tide goes out, you possibly can actually stroll in footprints believed to these of a brontosaurus. 

“I at all times say it, and I do know it is a bit bit lame, however that is the actual Jurassic Park,” Brusatte stated.

His group found round 50 dinosaur prints in that one location.

“So 170 million years in the past you had this dinosaur, this Jeep-sized, plant-eating dinosaur, actually stepping proper right here,” Brusatte stated.
 
He believes all the things from long-necked sauropods to flying pterodactyls roamed this a part of Earth till an asteroid possible wiped them out

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A prehistoric footprint possible belonging to a brontosaurus

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“I believe the lesson for us is that the Earth is actually outdated, the Earth modifications so much. Climates change, environments change and someday the species which are greatest tailored for a sure local weather or atmosphere, if one thing modifications, they’ll go extinct. And that occurred to the dinosaurs. And if it occurred to the dinosaurs that had been round for 150 million years, might that additionally occur to us?”
 
It is a journey to the previous might assist us see into the longer term. 

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