|We walk along the coastal path to reach the fossiliferous beds.|
We had passed the offending volcano on our way to Kinghorn, now only a remnant nobble overlooking the nearby town on Bruntisland. But it was the mudstone, limestone and sandstone beds that were the focus of our day. Deposited in different environments over millions of years - from swamp to sea bed - these layers are rich in crinoids, bivalves, brachiopods, bryozoans and corals.
|Stunning sandstone outcrop.|
|The beds are tilted and encrusted with extant marine invertebrates, but between the barnacles are copious fossils for the keen |
palaeontologist to admire.
|Rugose coral amid the crinoid carnage of a Carboniferous sea bed. This place must have been a haven of life.|
|Don't forget to scour the beach - waves are nature's fossil preparator.|
|Trace fossils riddle the sediments.|
|A chunk of carboniferous tree, washed out and deposited on the sea floor.|
|Looking across the firth at Edinburgh.|