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Prepare for Nat'l Fossil Day

Prepare for National Fossil Day

It’s one of those common questions – “what do fossils have to do with traveling?” The answer is it has so much to do with traveling AND the history of life on Earth. If you choose to study abroad, particularly with the interest of paleontology in mind; which is the study of the history of life on Earth-centered fossils, there are so many international places for you to adventure to that contain them. While wherever you are from likely has a plethora of undetected fossils, it is even more exciting to create a huge trip out of it and discover ancient remnants on foreign soil! So, come travel with Globally Abroad and partake in National Fossil Day!

At first sight, many people assume fossils are just as lackluster as they are done for, or aged, for lack of a better term. They show us the previous existence of things like dinosaurs and animals, and the consensus is usually “why should we care about what happened before our time? How is examining them going to help us now?” This exploration won’t necessarily benefit us as human beings, but why should that be our why? Fossils should be looked at from an educational standpoint. There is never a time where becoming more educated is unbefitting (especially overseas!).

The following remains (no pun intended) true about every fossil ever known to man; keep in mind: 1) they’re immensely valuable, they can be insanely vast in size, practically anything can be fossilized, and they are incredibly old. You will never hear of a fossil that is less than 65 million years old in the current day unless there is a completely new find. If you have gotten this far, it’s time to identify a few lost treasures in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, where you will be inwardly braving today.

Mappleton, Yorkshire
First thing’s first – safety. When you visit this Mappleton coastline, you want to ensure to stay far away from the cliff overhang. There should be no explanation needed – just stay away from cliffs! The fossils found at this location differ in size, drastically. Their distinctions range from remains of marine animals, related to squid and cuttlefish, to big pieces of oak. Now, just because these fossils inhabit Mappletown in the current day, does not mean it is where they were formed. A lot of fossils can get washed up from different places. But the brisk erosion of this land certifies that fossils wash up on it regularly. If you enjoy coastlines and the hunting of fossils, try Mappleton, Yorkshire out for size (Britain’s Best Fossil Hunting Destinations, 2020)!

Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire
Now here is a place you can explore on and between cliffs! If you are more of an adrenaline junkie, this is for you. The cliffs here at Barton-on-Sea are filled with fossils. Even on its chalky beach, you can find driftwood as remains of fossilized shells made up of snails; slugs; or whelks, or aquatic animals such as clams, mussels, and scallops! It is no surprise you would discover plenty of aquatic creatures, but would you personally leave them be or take them for your own gratification? Because of the incessant erosion of these cliffs, the fossils always seem to make their way down to the beachfront. Although, you can still climb the cliff declines as long as you watch your step; there is bound to be a bunch of shrouded fossils. Lastly, if you want a chance to find shark teeth scattered along the shore, wait for a waning tide (Britain’s Best Fossil Hunting Destinations, 2020).

Redcar, Durham
Our last stop for today is Redcar, North Yorkshire in Durham county that is quite kid-friendly. With no cliffs or rough tides, this location makes a reasonably guarded stamping ground for small children to run riot on! Another upside is the smooth unearthing of fossils on the grounds. The shore’s surface is so unbroken, it’s easy to distinguish archaic shells right on the surface! So dirty fingernails and sand-eaters are nothing to be anxious over. This location is perfect if you are not one to get risky. You can walk along the waterline and effortlessly uproot fossil findings. It may not come across as insanely riveting, considering you don’t have to look too hard for discovery, but the ample amount of inactive (lifeless) aquatic creations, like oysters and clams, you will be able to examine will enrapture the collector in you – whether young or old (Britain’s Best Fossil Hunting Destinations, 2020).

Although this virtual adventure has come to its conclusion, there are far more fossil-featured locations, even in the United Kingdom! Imagine the bountiful dozens you could find in other parts of the world! Heedless of your unique field of study, it can be a whirlwind of both history and life on earth to explore more lands to expand your fossil finding collection. With Globally Abroad, you can visit places you didn’t even know about that hid old parts of the world and its organisms. At the very least, celebrate this year’s National Fossil Day by visiting your nearest National Park or canvassing local events that participate in the expansion and awareness of this national holiday. Education is important! And learning the history of the earth is of the utmost importance.

Article was written by Rebekah Mamola

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