Free coal and dinosaur bones

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I never thought I would enjoy retirement, not having to get up early unless I want to but to simply enjoy each day as it comes. One of the things I find I am able to do more often is going for a walk, once that used to be a run but then I was working too. The only time I am tied to the house these days is if I am expecting visitors or people coming to do work for me. I took one of my morning walks on Friday (22), this time walking south along the coastal road and returning along the beach. For the best part of the return on the beach it is so pleasant and as usual my thoughts are at their best at those times. Further toward my turn-off point the beach gets wetter, then muddier and it isn’t so good to walk on. It never used to be that way but the paths I used to be able to take to get me directly on the sand have been left to Nature and have accordingly disappeared. I shall not give up looking for a better way in the future that will take me through the overgrown part of the dunes and get me directly to the sandy beach.

Irritator challengeri is probably a spinosauri...

Irritator challengeri is probably a spinosaurid dinosaur related to Spinosaurus. It is thought to have lived in the early Cretaceous period, around 110 million years ago. Current estimations indicate a length of 8 metres (26 feet) and a height of 3 metres (9 feet). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway I suppose many, if not most of my readers will not know that here in Southport and along the shore southward toward the River Mersey, there exists out to sea a submerged coal seam, probably more than one which can only mean one thing, there must have been a forest, tropical or otherwise long before the coast became to look as it now does. Anyone having an open fireplace at home has access to free coal every day if they are prepared to pick it up off the beach. The coal gets washed onto the beach and lies there amongst the sea shells, sea weed and anything else that finds its way there. I was walking along thinking if anyone has ever discovered dinosaur bones which have become exposed or washed up the beach. If  forests indeed once flourished in the area, and they must have because the coal proves it, it is very likely that dinosaurs and small animals once roamed here too. I seem to recall having seen a map of the UK as it most probably looked in pre-historic times where it was located much further south than it now is. Of course the land was then still part of the much larger continent called Gondwanaland. I could have walked over many dinosaur skeletons without realising it. Now there’s a thought!

Shirley Anne   .

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