Find out more about fossil collections in Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and Glasgow.
An overview of fossils from this region, and beyond, is provided byThe Hunterian(University of Glasgow). Displays show specimens documenting an Ordovician-Silurian deep-sea fauna of stunning starfish, crinoids (sea lilies), trilobites and brachiopods from Girvan, preserved as muddy sediments tumbled down steep underwater slopes, the world’s smallest dinosaur footprint and the moment that vertebrates crawled out of the water onto land during the Carboniferous.
More unusual are the Palaeocene plant fossils from the Ardtun Leaf Bed of Mull, a layer deposited among lava and ash as the Atlantic Ocean opened explosively. These can be seen at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre,Paisley Museumand theMcLean Museum and Art Galleryin Greenock.
Molluscs and brittle stars in Pleistocene Arctic clays, found at Paisley Museum and Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, are evidence of a warming climate over the last 15,000 years following glaciation.
Review Of Fossil Collections in Glasgow And Strathclyde