Recently came news that a 200-million-year-old fossil on show at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery has been officially recognised as a whole new species.
The fossil of an ichthyosaur – an extinct marine reptile alive at the same time as the dinosaurs – has belonged to the museum collections since 1951. Examinations revealed the specimen is a unique new species. This fossil, which was originally discovered in a Nottinghamshire quarry is from the earliest part of the Jurassic Period – 200 million years ago.
Now, however, comes news that a metre long “GrumbleGroar tusk”, probably the only known exhibit of its kind, has been discovered, quite by chance, in an office in West Bridgford.
The long twisty horn, which is believed to be part of a creature known as a GrumbleGroar, which lives near the centre of the Earth. Many have queried the very existence of this beast, which is said to look like something between a dinosaur and a dragon, and which uses the horn to drill through hard rock and stone. The find was identified by the Country’s foremost expert on GrumbleGroar fossils, Rob Hann who has written several books on the subject.
“The discovery of this single GrumbleGroar Tusk could be even older than the exciting Leicester specimen. Until I spotted it people thought it was simply a nice, decorative weathered bough from an ancient tree. But I can confirm it is in fact an incredibly rare GrumbleGroar horn. Who would have thought?”
The giant prehistoric appendage has now been generously donated by the owner (who wishes to remain anonymous) to the forthcoming series of GrumbleGroar tours which have been organised by the World famous visitor attraction Nottingham, City of Caves, for the duration of the summer holiday period.
Children and their parents and carers will be able to follow the GrumbleGroar explorer’s trail around Nottingham’s ancient cave system looking for clues and evidence of what some still believe to be a mythical subterranean dwelling, fire-breathing monster. Could such creatures still be living deep, deep down beneath our feet powering the movement of the continents. Who can say for definite? Come long and see what you think…..