Prehistoric terror fossil find site to be set in stone

BEARSDEN. New bridge railing to commemorate the spot where the archeologically important Bearsden Shark was found. L-R: Michael Butler, Nan Lawless, Amanda Stewart, Niall Blair.
BEARSDEN. New bridge railing to commemorate the spot where the archeologically important Bearsden Shark was found. L-R: Michael Butler, Nan Lawless, Amanda Stewart, Niall Blair.

THE site of a world famous fossil find in Bearsden has been marked with a new fence - and a cairn is to follow.

Remains of the Bearsden Shark, along with other long extinct creatures, were found along the Manse Barn in Baljaffray and have sparked huge interest amongst paleontologists.

The fence with the words ‘Bearsden shark’ on it was made possible following a generous £5,226 donation from Tarmac Ltd three years ago.

There will be an official unveiling ceremony when a cairn is completed - hopefully later this year.

Visitor signs and a plaque with information about the shark and other fossils will also be installed explaining how they were found by a young boy in 1982.

Not realising what a significant find the fossils were, he showed them to expert Stan Wood, who was working at Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum at the time, and he organised an excavation.

Paleontologists travelled from across the world to see the fossils that were so well preserved even muscle blocks and blood vessels were still visible in some of the crustaceans.

Resident and local councillor Amanda Stewart, along with a number of people living nearby, decided that the find was too important not to mark it in some way, so a small sub group of Baljaffray Residents’ Association was formed for this purpose.

The three other residents involved in the project were Debbie Macrae, Neil Buchanan and Nan Lawless.

Rocks at the site are Carboniferous and several scientific publications have resulted from the finds.

The funding will also pay for a permanent display in Brookwood Library, Bearsden, with a replica of the shark fossil on loan from the Hunterian Museum.

Naill Blair, Tarmac’s estate surveyor, said: “Tarmac are really excited to support this project through the Douglas Muir Community Fund. My manager Stephen Cowan was highly involved in this because he has an interest in this.”