imedia: Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast

What is the Jurassic Coast?

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site that spans from East Devon to Dorset, in southern England. Along its 95 miles of coastline, you can travel through 185 million years of geological history, which has been exposed by coastal erosion to form an almost continuous sequence covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Here’s a great introduction to the Jurassic Coast…

What are fossils?

The Jurassic Coast is famous for its fossils. Fossils are the remnants or traces of an organism of a past geologic age, such as a skeleton or leaf imprint, embedded and preserved in the earth’s crust. As to how they are formed, here’s a step-by-step guide to becoming a fossil…

The fossil hunters

There is a long history of hunting for fossils along the Jurassic Coast, from the famous fossil collector Mary Anning making important finds in the 19th century, to modern-day fossil hunters…

So what’s been found?

As per the above video, Ammonites are one of commonest types of fossil found on the Jurassic Coast. They act as ‘index fossils’, helping to define and identify geological periods.

For the complete range, see the Jurassic Coast website.

Or visit the Lyme Regis Museum and The Etches Collection in Dorset.

 

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