Now, the team of paleontologists has begun investigating the remains of the fish, ancient marine reptiles, squids, rare insects, and more contained within three-dimensionally preserved limestone concretions, according to a press release by the University of Manchester. Together, these finds all showcase a time when this part of the country was deep underwater.
The experts say they can easily spot excellent details of the prehistoric animals’ scales, fins, and even their eyeballs in the finds. There was even a three-dimensionally preserved fish head, belonging to a type of Jurassic fish called Pachycormus, that looks as if it is ‘leaping off the rock’ that it was contained in.
“These fossils come from the Early Jurassic, specifically a time called the Toarcian. The clay layers exposed at this site near Stroud have yielded a significant number of well-preserved marine vertebrate fossils that are comparable to the famous and exquisitely preserved similar fauna of the Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte from Ilminster, Somerset – a prehistoric site of exceptional fossil preservation. Excavations at Kings Stanley over the last week have revealed a rich source of fossil material, particularly from a rare layer of rock that has not been exposed since the late 19th Century,” said the Hollingworths statement in a statement.