Lyme Regis Museum is celebrating the life and work of one the town’s most famous daughters, Mary Anning, with the unveiling of a rarely seen portrait of the renowned paleontologist, an exhibition featuring one of her rare ichthyosaurs and a stunning newly discovered genus and species of extinct marine ‘crocodile’ found by two local fossil […]
Dorset fossil hunter Mary Anning finally has a statue in her home town of Lyme Regis thanks to schoolgirl Evie Swire. It was unveiled by Professor Alice Roberts on 21 May 2022, overlooking Black Ven cliffs and Golden Cap, on the 223rd anniversary of Anning’s birth. It was a historic day both for Lyme Regis […]
Dorset fossil hunter Dr Steve Etches MBE has unearthed a new type of prehistoric ‘sea dragon’ on a Dorset beach. He found it buried head-first in limestone.
Dorset fossil hunter Chris Moore has discovered a new species of ichthyosaur. The find was featured in an hour long BBC1 documentary – Attenborough and the Sea Dragon.
In early 2017, the Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life received a donation to The Collection of an incredible 3 metre long Ichthyosaur fossil specimen which was discovered in 1993 by Mr Phil Jacobs, the donor. Ichthyosaurs were prehistoric marine reptiles, similar in looks to dolphins, which swam the seas of Jurassic Dorset 150-157 million […]
The Etches Collection containing more than 2,000 specimens, some previously unknown to science, opened in Kimmeridge on 21 October 2016. Fossils from sharks, crocodiles, barnacles and flying reptiles as well as crustaceans, corals and dinosaurs are among those on view. The biggest single specimen is a two-metre long jaw of a Pliosaur. The fossil museum and […]
Dorset-based innovator Richard Hartnell, whose Jurassic Airlines experience was a huge hit at the launch of the Jurassic Coast Earth Festival in May, has spent recent weeks enhancing the flight in the run up to its stay at ‘Onboard International Airport’ in Weymouth to offer passengers the latest in what he describes as ‘Ecotainment’. The […]
A Dorset button maker, a blacksmith and a herbalist as well as a sculptor and a coastguard have been collaborating with two artists as part of an unusual project – 26 & 7 Bones – that’s been gathering pace in West Dorset over the past six months as part of the Jurassic Coast Earth Festival. […]
The 2012 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival turned out to be the biggest one yet. With top palaeontologists and earth scientists from around the globe, the festival was THE place to be for fans of the Jurassic era. Making a special appearance this year was Horace the 32ft long Jurassic Sea Lizard and pliosaur cinema. The […]
The 7th Lyme Regis Fossil Festival will take place from 4th–6th May. The theme for this year is ‘Discovering Earth’. Many of the events are free and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about fossils and the history of Earth. Scientists from the Natural History Museum will be in the Grand Marquee with some […]