East Midlands Geological Society evening lecture: Dinosaur hunting in Morocco | 13 January | Nottingham

An extensive plateau, the Hamada Kem Kem, fringes the ancient plain of the Tafilalt in south east Morocco. This desert borderland once recognised for its trans-Saharan gold routes is now famed for its ancient fossils. A vigorous and international trade in these provides thousands of families with an income: a much better living than can be had from grazing goats and growing dates as this oasis dries out. Thousands of Palaeozoic trilobites, goniatites, orthoconic nautiloids and crinoids have now found their way into museums and on to mantelpieces around the world. Above these spectacularly rich Palaeozoic strata lying at the foot of the Kem Kem escarpment are Cretaceous sandstones rich in terrestrial vertebrates. Formerly known as the Continental Intercalaire, the Kem Kem sandstones yield a wide variety of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, crocodiles, turtles and some of the largest fishes ever to have inhabited river systems. This fossiliferous Lagerst├Ątte is the remnant of a river of giants.
The dinosaurs too were enormous. Spinosaurus, a fish eating, semi-aquatic dinosaur was probably longer than T. rex. Carcharadontosaurus was similarly a massive predator of other dinosaurs. Even the pterosaurs were gigantic, with examples of Coloborhynchus and Alanqa exceeding 6 metres in wingspan.
This talk will introduce the geology and palaeonevironments of the Kem Kem, and discuss the palaeobiology of the most important of the faunal elements.
Speaker: Dave Martill in the Geography Department, Sir Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham.


13 January 2018 18:00


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