Fossil fun at Dead and Alive beach festival

30 April 2010

This weekend, families and Natural History Museum scientists will be heading down to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset for the Dead… And Alive! Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.

The free event, which attracted over 10,000 visitors last year, celebrates all things fossil, with fun talks, walks, music, artists and much more.

More than 20 Museum scientists will be there, and if you’ve brought along a fossil, you can get it identified.

Although fossils reveal life that previously existed on Earth, this year the event takes a look, not just at creatures from the past, but from the present too, to mark the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

Lyme Regis is one of the best places to explore biodiversity, which is the diversity of Earth’s plants and animals and the habitats they depend on.

UNESCO World Heritage Site
An ichthyosaur, Ophthalmosaurus icenicus, like many Mary Anning uncovered on the Jurassic Coast

An ichthyosaur, Ophthalmosaurus icenicus, like many Mary Anning uncovered on the Jurassic Coast, which is in today's Species of the day.

Taking place on the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site, the Fossil Festival is the perfect place to learn about rare habitats, the history of life on Earth, and the links between biodiversity and geodiversity.

Famous for fossils

The Jurassic Coast is famous for uncovering some spectacular fossil specimens and most of these discoveries were made by a local woman, Mary Anning

Born in 1799, Mary Anning made some of the most significant geological finds of all time, including many ichthyosaurs, providing evidence central to the development of new ideas about the history of Earth.

Dead… And Alive! Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, 1 - 2 May.

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