Monday, 27 June 2016

Kilchoan's Jurassic Coast

Dorset is justifiably proud of its Jurassic coastline - it is, after all, a world heritage site.  But Kilchoan too has its Jurassic coastline and, while the fossils aren't quite as spectacular as the Dorset ones, they're pretty impressive.

This ammonite isn't quite as big as those to be found in the Portland stone around Portland Bill, some of which are the size of a car wheel, but it comes a close second, and there are nautiloids visible which are the biggest I have seen anywhere in the world.

There are even the fossilised imprints of what look like 130 million-year old bear paws, bears which must have had a tough time taking on Tyrannosaurus rex.

For those interested in learning more about Kilchoan's Jurassic coastline, Trevor Potts, who runs the Ardnamurchan Campsite, does regular walks organised through the Kilchoan Learning Centre. The next one is on 12th July - details here.

1 comment:

  1. Although tempting to see it as a 4-toed footprint, I am more inclined to suggest it is a transverse section through a single ammonite whorl chamber.