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GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE: Seas flood half the land, Great thickness of chalk, single-celled animals laid down. Land masses begin to move towards their present positions. Climate mild without

TERRESTRIAL ANIMAL LIFE: Advanced dinosaurs such as duck-bills. Turtles, snakes,salamanders. Gulls and wading birds. Opossums & other mammals. All dinosaurs and many other large reptiles extinct by the end of the period.

PLANT LIFE: Gymnosperms, sequoias and cypresses. Flowering plants appear, magnolias and oaks.

SEA LIFE: Plankton, coral reefs, rudists, ammonites, calcareous algae. Marine reptiles and ammonites extinct by the end of the period.


GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE: Ice ages cover Northern lands, sea level falls

TERRESTRIAL ANIMAL LIFE: Woolly mammoths and rhinos, saber toothed cats. cave lions. Giant marsupials in Australia. Human hunting skills develop, many large mammals disappear.

PLANT LIFE: Grasslands

SEA LIFE: Whales



Geological Guide to Sheringham


The cliffs themselves at Sheringham are glacial, and during the summer months, this is all you will see. The cliffs vary in height and are silts and sands.


Exposed on the foreshore, especially near the lifeboat station is the chalk. This is often on view during scouring conditions during the spring and autumn months, but can also be on view during the winter. The chalk is the Beeston Chalk.

Beeston chalk exposed on the foreshore.


71 - 83 MYA
(Upper Chalk) Belemnitella mucronate Zone Studland Bay
Flamborough Chalk Formation South Landing Member

Danes Dyke

Danes Dyke Member
Sewerby Member
Paramoudra Chalk
Beeston Chalk
Weybourne Chalk
Pre-Weybourne Chalk
Portsdown Chalk Member
Culver Group
Spetisbury Chalk Member
Tarrant Chalk Member
Newhaven Group
Whitecliff Ledge Member
Bastion Steps
Old Nore Marl

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