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Earth moves for fossil festival success

28 April 2006

Deep Time in Lyme, this year's fossil festival at Charmouth, Lyme Regis is likely to see some intriguing finds as a result of a local landslide last January.

Deep Time in Lyme is held on 28-30 April in Charmouth, an area well known for its abundant fossils. Many spectacular fossil specimens have been found there, including the largest and most complete ichthyosaur fossil of its kind, discovered by the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning.

Jurassic Coast
Lyme Regis, part of the Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis, part of the Jurassic Coast

The area of Lyme Regis and the coast of Dorset and East Devon is called the Jurassic Coast because of its superb exposures of Mesozoic rocks and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Anyone interested in fossils can attend the festival and take part in a range of fossil-related events and activities such as fossil walks, debates, talks and interactive shows.

Rocky roadshow

The Natural History Museum Fossil Roadshow will be there, inviting members of the public to bring along fossil or rock specimens for identification by Museum experts.

Visitors attend the fossil festival in Lyme Regis

Visitors attend the fossil festival in Lyme Regis

'Last year we were shown many superb fossils.' said Jeremy Young, palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, 'This year we are hoping the recent landslide may have exposed important new specimens'.

Deep Time in Lyme is a collaboration between Charmouth Heritage Centre the Natural History Museum in London, the Lyme Regis Development Trust and Lyme Regis Museum. The event is supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund.