VUB geologists pinpoint geological age Maastricht quarries for the first time

Researchers use new techniques to determine when limestone layers and fossils were formed during dinosaur age, 66 to 73 million years ago. Wednesday, March 30, 2022 — Geologists from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and KU Leuven, in collaboration with Maastricht Natural History Museum and Dutch conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten, have mapped the million-year-old rocks in the quarries near Maastricht. Using modern techniques, the researchers were able for the first time to determine the age of the various limestone layers and fossils much more precisely, and have dated their formation back to the last dinosaur age, 66 to 72.9 million years ago, when the region was still a lively underwater world. Their results have been published in the journal Newsletters on Stratigraphy.
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