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Dinosaur lake found under football pitch.

SCIENTISTS have uncovered a dinosaur's watering hole under a college football field during excavations for a new lake.

The surprise discovery gives a fascinating insight into how the area may have looked 230 million years ago in the Triassic period.

Dr John Hindley was co-ordinating a project to excavate rock from the base of the new lake at Edge Hill College of Higher Education in Ormskirk, Lancashire, when he noticed ancient mud deposits which were characteristic of a still water environment.

Dr Hindley, who had studied geography at the 12,000-student college, contacted his former lecturers in the department.

Over the past two months they have built up a picture of how the area might have looked millions of years ago.

One of the team, Gerry Lucas, said: "This lake would have been a watering hole for dinosaurs roaming around the area.

"It is extremely rare to find lake deposits like this and we have taken samples and will be carrying out further analysis."

Mr Lucas said the UK would have been situated around the equator and would have looked similar to today's Death Valley in the US.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 18, 2002
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