Today we were out at the local site known as Gomez, trying to hunt down some elusive marine reptiles in a Late Jurassic section. Plenty of beautiful ammonites were in evidence, lots of bivalves and oysters, some wood and not much else. Still the exposures we were checking had been well covered and really the trip was about working out the viability of a long term dig to get at the layers below after the bones we know are there (several nice skeletons have already been recovered).
Here you can see one of the beautiful vistas available to those with a camera, and below a nice group shot of myself (right), Dino Frey (left) and our colleague and ammonite expert, Wolfgang Stinnesbeck (here doing his best Fidel Castro impersonation in the centre).
With little worth digging or exposring, to pass the time, Dino and I started turning over rocks to look for some local wildlife – I am still far more of a biologist than palaeontologist (in my own mind, if not on my CV) so this is just my kind of thing, especially in a country I have never visited before. I was rewarded with my first exposure with the famous balck widow, to my delight.
Dino then found a nice large and aggressive centipede.
And we rounded off the trip with a killer bees nest. How nice.
So after a trip out to find vertebrate fossils, all we were left with was a series of lethal inverts. Given how spiky the flora was already, I have to commend Mexico on the anti-palaeontology style of it’s wildlife, it is rare you meet an environment so dedicated to the art.