Ancient fossils surface at Dorset Beach after major Christmas landslide

A week before Christmas Eve a major cliff-fall down at Dorset Beach, near the village of Charmouth, revealed a load of ancient fossils of prehistoric ammonites, fish and sea reptiles. 

Locals and fossil fanatics from all over the country are now gathering at Dorset beach in search for ancient fossils.

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According to Tony Gill, professional fossil hunter and owner of the Charmouth Fossil Shop, nearly 1,000 tons of cliff came down a week before Christmas Eve, somehting which hasn’t happened in the last 20 years of his career.

The fossils found at the beach asmre mostly small ones – which are often just extinct see molluscs – but if you’re lucky there are still some hidden (large) gems to be found between all the rubble which are most likely ancient skeletons of fish and sea reptiles.

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Looking at the enormous landslide it’s not a big surprise that nearly every visitor is able to find at least a couple of small fossils. According to Gill there will be a steady supply of fossils for both locals and visitors in the upcoming few years.

If you’re planning to take a trip down to Dorset Beach be sure to bring some water proof boots since most of the fossils are burried beneath a small puddle of water.

Visitors are also being urged to be careful and NOT to climb any of the cliffs since there’s no saying in where or when the next cliff-fall will happen. So happy fossil hunting out there and be careful around those cliffs allright!?

One of the lucky few: professional fossil hunter Tony Gill with his ammonite fossil finding at Dorset Beach

One of the lucky few: professional fossil hunter Tony Gill with his ammonite fossil finding at Dorset Beach

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