The Jurassic Coast in Dorset is famous for its abundance of fossils. It is one of the most well known places in the UK to go fossil hunting, and heaps of people head down there every year.
The best place for fossils is a place called Black Ven. This is a part of the cliff in-between the two famous towns of Lyme Regis and Charmouth. Many incredible fossils have been dug up out of the cliffs there, including dinosaurs!
The most common ‘dinosaurs’ to be found there are Ichthyosaurs. These are the swimming reptiles, technically not dinosaurs, but often referred to as such. Many of these are on display in the Heritage Centre at Charmouth, and you can even find bones lying along the beach, particularly vertebrae (backbones).
There is another exciting find from Black Ven as well. The Scelidosaurus was discovered in 1850, and since then several more fossils have been found, including a brilliantly complete one, that is on display in the Charmouth Heritage Centre. The most incredible thig about this fossil, however, is the fact that it has fossil vomit in it’s throat! The dinosaur is in a squashed position, so it appears that it was caught up very quickly, squashed by all the sediment crashing around it, forcing it to vomit, before it was completely buried and fossilised!
Reconstruction: Credit – H Luterman, 2013.