May 2016

Fossil Hunting at England’s Beaches

The fossils have been a fantasy for almost every one of us at some ages of our lives. The Hollywood movies and the animations tremendously influenced many of us to seek more about the origin and identity of fossils. The fossils of Dinosaurs may be the first thing that arises in our minds when we hear of fossils. But it’s a truth that outside the walls of a museum or university, there is astounding collection of these remains at the beaches or coasts of England.
kids-fossil-collecting2-300x200Before the journey to fossils, it is advisable to have a journal research regarding the places to visit. The Fossil masses can be seen at the England beaches like the Jurassic Coast in East Devon and Dorset, the Isle of Wight and the east Coast of Yorkshire. The Charmouth at Dorset has cliffs of Jurassic ocean floors where life existed over 200million years ago. When the cliffs crashed into the sea, the waves swept them away leaving behind the fossils on to the shores. There are also skeletons of giant reptiles and other endangered species. The skeleton of Scelidosaurus, the herbivorous species among dinosaurs, was discovered in December 2000. They inhabit the tropical islands around Charmouth.
The favourable time for fossil search is from April through November. Winter keeps the sea rough, giving a more clear vision of fossils. The dangerous tides can be a challenge and safety measures are to be followed.

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