It was a tropical sea where British researchers recently discovered an amount of fossils every hour.

Paleontologists have unearthed tens of thousands of fossils at London’s Natural History Museum during a three-day excavation of a quarry in the Cotswolds, which experts have called the site of the UK’s most important Jurassic prickly skin.

The marine animal fossils are estimated to be around 167 million years old, and paleontologists originally identified the site by reading records of ancient scientific research at the time of the coronavirus outbreak and then made a number of discoveries.

The exact location of the site is not disclosed for security reasons.

According to the researchers, this area was once a shallow tropical sea, 20-40 meters deep, whose inhabitants were likely buried alive by underwater silt or a weaker earthquake. This explains why it is kept in unparalleled condition.

The finds – including sea lilies, starfish, snakeheads, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers – are being cleaned and studied, many of which are included in the museum’s collection.

The number of finds found is staggering, not hundreds or thousands, but fossils of tens of thousands of echinoderms.

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