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英国5岁女孩发现1.6亿岁鹦鹉螺化石

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小编摘要:英国威尔特郡5岁女孩Emily Baldry用堆沙堡的小铁锹“寻宝”,竟意外发现了一块距今超过1.6亿年的罕见化石。

导读:被5岁的Emily Baldry发现的鹦鹉螺化石,直径为16英寸,是距今超过1.6亿年的侏罗纪时代的一种软体生物。专家称,这是全英国发现的首块完整鹦鹉螺化石,此前发现的只是碎片。据悉,Emily是去年三月拿小铁锹在科茨沃尔德水上公园玩耍时发现的,螺旋状的蜗牛外形、浑身还带着刺,启发Emily给大石头取名为"Spike",化石被发现后送去了复原,随后在当地进行了展览。

Emily Baldry with the 160 million-year-old Rieneckia odysseus fossil, and the space she unearthed it with

Emily Baldry with the 160 million-year-old Rieneckia odysseus fossil, and the space she unearthed it with

She was armed with a spade better suited to building sandcastles than archaeological digs.

But that was all five-year-old Emily Baldry needed to unearth a rare fossil thought to be more than 160million years old. Emily pulled the 9st specimen out of the ground at Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire with the help of her father Jon, 40.

The Rieneckia odysseus fossil, which is almost 16in in diameter, is the remains of a mollusc that lived in the oceans during the Jurassic period.

The fossilised sea creature has a spiral-patterned shell with inch-long bristles jutting from it to ward off predators – and which inspired Emily to nickname it ‘Spike’. It was encased in a block of mudstone when it was found, so Emily passed it on to geologist Neville Hollingworth for restoration.

She was reunited with it on Sunday at the Gateway Information Centre near Cirencester, where Spike is on display.

Emily, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, said: ‘It is so exciting to see him. I was very happy when I first saw him and now he looks very shiny.’

Her father added: ‘It is breathtaking how much work has gone into restoring Spike. After it has been displayed here we will bring it back home but it will be tricky to store because we have small children and it is very spiky.’

Emily, now six, made the discovery in March last year during her first archaeological dig.

Dr Hollingworth, who spent a year restoring the fossil, said: ‘This is the first ammonite of this kind to be discovered whole in Britain. The rest have all been fragments.’

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2011-09-19 14:30 编辑:jeannn
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