Clues to Britain’s own ancient Atlantis

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A treasure trove of animal fossils found on a Norfolk beach by an amateur fossil collector could point scientists to the oldest undersea archaeological site in the world.

Museum archaeologist Simon Parfitt discusses the finds with their discoverer Neil Bowman and explains how they reveal the presence of early humans around half a million years ago.

A team of Museum experts are now planning an underwater expedition to explore the submerged landscape and find the source of the fossils.

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You can read more about extraordinary discoveries from the Norfolk coast, including how Simon made the first indisputable find of ancient human activity in the area, in the latest issue of the Museum’s magazine, evolve.