Dinosaurs which arguably for this century looks more like a fiction created by people of great imagination and movie producers and directors. The great reptile was said to have first appeared during the Triassic period, between 243 and 233.23 million years ago, although the exact origin and timing of the evolution of dinosaurs is the subject of active research. They became the dominant terrestrial vertebrates after the Triassic–Jurassic extinction event 201.3 million years ago; their dominance continued through the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods according to research.
Nevertheless, just recently, there have been a discovery by fossil enthusiast Jamie Hiscocks who had found out some pebbles of the huge reptile while walking down through some stormy ocean with his beaming touch while seeing something that had first looked liked a mud-colored stone but seemed more than a mud-colored stone.
However, during the stormy weather, the strong breeze exposes strange things aiding discovery to things hidden for years, as this was the case for fossil hunters, these gales are golden opportunities to discover relics from another time – and perhaps even make history in the pale-ontological world.
According to experts, the process of fossilization can take a number of forms. However, the most common type of fossilization occurs when a creature passes away in damp areas, and the remains are subsequently covered by sediment. And as any vulnerable sections decay, the tougher parts – such as shell and bone – remain.
As time passes, mud and silt accumulates over the deceased creature and subsequently solidifies, encasing the remains in rock. The organic matter in time decomposes and is replaced by minerals – meaning the specimen’s structure stays intact. Alternatively, fossils can also form when bones that are preserved in rock totally rot away, leaving an imprint of the creature behind. These imprints – and any casts that form inside hollowed-out objects such as skulls – are labeled endocasts.
So when a vicious storm hammered the coast near Bexhill-on-Sea in the winter of 2004, the bad weather was seemingly far from a cause for concern for keen fossil finder Hiscocks. In fact, the English native grabbed his torch and set out once the squall had abated. But what he ultimately found was something that nobody had seen before: a first-of-its-kind dinosaur discovery.
Ever since the first dinosaur fossils were uncovered in the 19th century, these relics have helped scientists to understand a long-lost world. But even though new examples are regularly being unearthed, their formation is a fascinating and complex process that is reliant on a number of different factors.
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