Table of Contents Dr. Alan Grant Grant is the primary protagonist of Jurassic Park: Grant is a professor of paleontology at the University of Denver who became famous in the eighties for his field research on fossilized dinosaur nests in Montana. Despite his preeminence in the field of paleontology, Grant sees himself as quite different from his stodgy, academic colleagues.
Lecture 14 The Real Jurassic Park - Morrison and Tendaguru Formations Although there are some excellent Middle Jurassic age assemblages of dinosaurs that are now coming to light, especially in China, we will be concentrating on Late Jurassic dinosaurs, simply because they are so well known.
In many respects, the two assemblages are quite similar. In the next lecture we will look at the fantastic preservation in the Solnhofen Limestone of Germany, which is about the same age as the Morrison and Tendaguru.
The Late Jurassic World, Ma. By Late Jurassic time the opening of the central Atlantic was well under way. However, land connections still existed between North America and Eurasia, and through Eurasia, the southern continents. Morrison Formation Because the North American plate was drifting north through the Jurassic, the western US translated north through the arid belt around 30 degrees North into the southern part of the humid temperate zone.
Thus, instead of red beds and dune sands, like those of the Glen Canyon Group, we have strata of variegated colors, with some red beds, but even more gray or even green units. Many of the mudstones that make the red and gray beds were soils and supported forests - dinosaur fodder.
Outcrop of the Morrison Formation in Utah. The Morrison Environment Most workers on the Morrison believe the climate was at least seasonally dry.
If we were to pick a modern environment with a similar climate, it might be in Kenya in the Serengeti Plain. This area is said be a Savanna, and it has often been said that the Morrison Formation had a Savanna-type climate.
It is usually assumed that the primary control of vegetation type is climate - so if you know the vegetation type you know the climate. However, during the Jurassic, there were no grasses, and there were no trees belonging to the flowering plants angiosperms.
So what does it mean to say that the area was a Savanna in the Jurassic? In fact, the most we can say is that the types of fossil soils present in the Morrison resemble those of a Savanna-type vegetation, and that it was at least seasonally dry. What we know of Morrison vegetation itself, which is not much, is that it was dominated by conifer trees of the Cheirolepidiaceous kind as earlier in the Jurassic along with trees related to the modern Gingko, ferns, and horsetail rushes.
An important point to remember is that flowering plants were not at all common, if they were present at all. Insect communities were getting quite modern in appearance. Termites are especially important insects because they eat and hence respire huge amounts of plant matter. Although fossil termite nests have been found in Triassic strata Chinleby the Late Jurassic some termites were building gigantic nests some 30 m in height.
Morrison termite nest, courtesy of Steven Hasiotis.Time loses meaning at this point - it folds out and in, minutes become days become months.
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