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2 08, 2015

The Limestone Fossils of Dudley (Wrens Nest)

By | August 2nd, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Geology, Main Page|0 Comments

Visit to the Wrens Nest Nature Reserve (Dudley, West Midlands)

Prior to the first of Everything Dinosaur’s summer schools just time for team members to take in a quick trip to the famous Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve (Dudley, West Midlands).  It was an early start, (yet again), but it did prove worth it as the weather behaved and team members were able to enjoy a walk around this very significant part of the world (in terms of geology anyway), before having a picnic close to the famous Silurian ripple beds.  The Silurian ripple beds are just one of the amazing geological features to be found in this abandoned quarry.  The area was declared a National Nature Reserve back in 1956 due to the amazing fossil assemblage that can be found over the 100 acres or so of the Reserve.  Some seven hundred different invertebrate fossils have been identified at the site, they date from the Silurian age (approximately 423 million  years ago), the rocks themselves being part of the Wenlock Group.  Eighty-six of the fossil types are unique to Dudley, they have been found nowhere else in the world.

The Amazing Ripple Beds of Wrens Nest

Amazing geological feature.

Amazing geological feature.

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A Close up of the Silurian-aged Ripple Beds of Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve

Preseved in limestone, the ripple beds.

Preserved in limestone, the ripple beds.

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The quarry work ended in 1925 and when the Reserve was created it was the UK’s first ever geological National Nature Reserve.  It the area has also SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) status due to its geological, palaeontological and historical significance.  It is also home to a wide variety of wild flowers and the caverns, now barricaded to prevent human visitors provide invaluable overwintering habitats for a number of species of bats.

Although this picturesque nature reserve is enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike, it is the huge variety of invertebrate fossils that amazes team members.  Whilst we enjoyed our picnic (taking great care to remove all our litter), we marvelled at the array of fossils that can be found eroding out of the limestone beds (no hammers allowed).  We contented ourselves by taking some pictures of the rich fossil assemblage, fossils to be found at this location include corals (tabulate and rugose forms), crinoids (sea lilies), brachiopods, bivalves, gastropods and some trace fossils (worm tubes).  Sadly, the trilobite fossils that made this part of the world so famous are increasingly rare.

A Close up of the Amazing, Highly Fossiliferous Limestone at Wrens Nest

A huge variety of fossils can be found.

A huge variety of fossils can be found.

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The exposed rock faces of the various quarry sites give geologists a unique opportunity to teach Silurian geology to students in an outdoor setting.  The location provides a definitive section through the Wenlock Formation.  The town of Dudley, is synonymous with the Wenlock limestone strata and the fossil assemblage contained therein.  This internationally famous location has provided a valuable insight into the marine life in coral sea environments during the Late Silurian geological period.  Both macro and micro-fossils have been preserved at this site.

Everything Dinosaur team members certainly enjoyed their visit to the fossil rich Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the company.

1 08, 2015

Everything Dinosaur Tenth Anniversary

By | August 1st, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

Happy Tenth Birthday to Everything Dinosaur

Today, August 1st, marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of Everything Dinosaur.  Hasn’t the time whizzed by!  We wanted to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all our thousands of customers, friends, supporters and followers who have been with us on our amazing journey over the last decade.  We really appreciate your support.

Everything Dinosaur Tenth Anniversary

Happy Tenth Birthday!

Happy Tenth Birthday!

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First thing to do this morning was to message the winner of our “name the Pterosaur Guidraco” competition.  We will have made somebody’s day and their prize will be sent out shortly.  A super replica of a Guidraco Pterosaur which is in 1:4 scale (CollectA Guidraco venator model).

How do we celebrate our tenth birthday?  We are having a get together this afternoon, hopefully a barbecue and then tomorrow, weather permitting, we are off on a fossil hunt!  Then it’s back to work with preparations for a summer school visit on Monday morning.

As for our tenth anniversary/birthday banner, we believe that tin is the traditional gift for a tenth anniversary so we put things on the banner from our vast product range to do with “tin”.

We have our popular “dinosaurs in a tin” gift set, but what else is there?  Can you spot the connection?

  • There is a model of Argentinosaurus.
  • A Dinosaurs counting set
  • A Tiny Towns Volcano play set

Over the last ten years we have loved every minute (well most of it anyway).  Our mission to be the best supplier of dinosaur toys, models and games remains very much at the heart of our business.

Once again a very big thank you to all our customers from around the world.  Here’s to the next ten years of dinosaur themed adventures.

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