InGen Database Description
The Smokejack Clay Pit is situated near Ockley in southern Surrey, England. It exposes part of the lower Weald Clay Group, which spreads across much of southern England and dates to the early Cretaceous.
In 1983 the chance find of a large claw by fossil hunter William Walker led to the uncovering of one of the most complete dinosaur specimens ever found in Britain. It was also one of the best examples of a spinosaurid found anywhere in the world, informing study of other similar dinosaurs like Suchomimus. The new species was named Baryonyx walkeri after its heavy claw and the man who made the initial find.
The site also serves as one of the best Weald Clay sites for reptile finds including a wide array of crocodile teeth and coprolites. Other finds include sharks, fish, insects and mollusks. Recently an indeterminate large theropod tooth was found here, suggesting that this site has more yet to give.