Posts Tagged ‘geology’

Shark teeth

July 27, 2011

Geologists recently had the opportunity to examine the final excavation for the Weymouth Relief Road at Bincombe Hill, which cut through the famous Purbeck Beds.

Sampling of fossil soils has uncovered a huge fauna of small reptile teeth, shark teeth and fish teeth.

The exposed spectacular rock formation will be left on display and will add to the rich geodiversity of the county.


Exclusive: geology interview

October 2, 2009

Jurassic Coast Earth Science Advisor Sam Scriven is seen here out on site talking us through the geology of the relief road, and the plans we have to keep the remarkable layers of time exposed in Southdown Ridge visible.

Check out our VodPod account to see another interview with Sam about what geology was found on the relief road.

Geology uncovered!

September 21, 2009

Fossil in Bincombe (large version)

Fossils over 150-million-years-old have been recovered from the Weymouth Relief Road.

Experts working for road designers Amey, contractor Skanska and Dorset County Council were given a window of opportunity over the summer to explore some of the relief road cuttings.

An amazing array of finely preserved insects were found including caddice flies, lacewings, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies and true flies – all the sorts of insects you would find around Weymouth today.

Read the press release.

See some of the finds.

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