|The Cuillins (Image: Wikimedia)|
Were there dinosaurs? Well yes, including massive sauropods, stegosaurs and theropods. Instead of seagulls screeching overhead, pterosaurs arc through the sky, while out in deep waters swim ichthyosaurs and fish.
Now and then a flash flood washes debris from inland out into the water, where it would sink and preserve. This includes the bodies of animals, some of them preserving so well that we find pieces of their bodies 170 million years later.
|The earth in the Middle Jurassic (Image from here)|
The Jurassic now pokes out along the edges of the island, like feet from under bedcovers. This means we only get a glimpse at the diversity of animals that must have existed on Skye back then; a sample of the many species and their habitats. The rest of the picture lies buried under younger rocks, or lost altogether through geological processes. Because of this, will never know everything about the ecosystem of Jurassic Skye, but as palaeontologists, we'll do our damned best to find out.