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The Carboniferous

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Did you know what this fossil was?


It is the skull of giant amphibian called Megalocephalus that probably looked a bit like a modern crocodile. It was found in Shropshire in rocks that formed towards the end of the Carboniferous period, between 320 and 290 million years ago.

During this period great swamps covered large parts of Europe and America. Hundreds of plants grew in these swamps - their remains fossilised to form the coal we use today to heat and light our homes. This is why coal is called a fossil fuel.

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