The Mammals of the Upper Jurassic

  • Doris M. Kermack
  • Kenneth A. Kermack


There are three major mammalian faunas in the Upper Jurassic (Tables 3.1 and 8.1). Two have been known for a long time, whilst the third was discovered in the late 1950s. The first comes from Durdlestone (Durlston) Bay, near Swanage in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. It is of uppermost Jurassic age (Clemens et al., 1979). Its discovery was made in or just before 1854 as in that year the Rev. P. B. Brodie and a Mr Wilcox sent to Professor Richard Owen some mammal jaws along with other vertebrate fossils that they had collected from Durdlestone. At the same time, according to contemporary accounts, Mr S. H. Beckles carried out further excavations at another site at the top of the cliff at Durdlestone and referred to as ‘Beckles’ Pit’. From it came a large collection of mammalian specimens, and this can still be considered the most important single collection of Mesozoic mammals ever made. There is an excellent account of the locality in Simpson (1928a).


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© Doris M. Kermack and Kenneth A. Kermack 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Doris M. Kermack
    • 1
  • Kenneth A. Kermack
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pure & Applied BiologyImperial CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity College, LondonLondonUK

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