More Fishing in the Triassic


When precious helicopter support is available the PRPRC palaeontologists put it to good use. In this case another trip into a remote area was undertaken to see what the potential was for more finds of Triassic marine vertebrates.

The first priority with any overnight or multi-day extended field excursion is to make sure shelter has been set up.

 

It looks peaceful now, but storms can come quickly and there is little natural shelter.

 

A single coelacanth scale.

 

A specimen with a number of associated vertebrae of a marine reptile.

 

Even while prospecting in one area, palaeontologists always have their eye on the next area of exploration.

A single tooth from a hybodont shark. The teeth were arranged in crushing plates to manage the sharks' diet of shelled animals (durophagous diet).

 

A nearly complete skeleton of a marine reptile group called thalattosaurs. There are over 40 articulated vertebrae in this specimen. Palaeontologists spent a great deal of time looking for the skull, which has not yet been found, but they did locate the counterslab to this specimen.