Does anyone know what kind of fossils are found in the limestones on Mt Everest?
(I want to include a picture in some teaching materials of 'fossils like this have been found near the top of Mount Everest')
It appears that the rocks at the summit of Everest are shallow-reef Ordovician limestones which are about 450 million years old. I haven't seen a list of fossils from there but I would expect corals such as halycites (chain coral), trilobites (eg trinucleus, asaphus and calymene) and conodonts (eel-like creatures known mainly from their teeth) and probably shells such as lingula. If you google the above you should get some decent pictures.
Brilliant - thanks Gus!
Currently, I'm transfering all my old geology video tapes onto DVD, (a slow process) and I seem to recall one I sort of half watched about the Himalayan orogeny mentioning bivalves. Since they are comprised of crunched up sea floor there will be various corals almost certainly.
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