In the next summer holiday I am going to the Isle of Wight with my aunty, my grandad and my grandma. I am not shure exactly where we are going, but we are going somewhere near brook bay, if not brook bay. Do I have a good chance of finding a dinosaur bone or are they quite rare? I have always wanted to find a dinosaur bone or a marine reptile bone, but I have only ever found an ichthyosaur vertebrae which I don't have because I found it in whitby but I didn't know what it was at the time so I threw it back in the sea and as I walked a bit further up I realised what it was.
So are dinosaur bones in the Isle of Wight rare or are they quite common?
I would really appriciate any answers on this one because I want to know if I have a good chance of finding something.
Sorry but another question,
We're is the best place in the Isle of Wight to find dinosaur fossils? Does brook bay have many dinosaur fossils? Does Shanklin have more?
When you go to the IoW make your first visit to Dinosaurland museum in Sandown as soon as possible, you will not be dissapointed.
Not only will you be stunned at what you see you will also find out were the dino's were found, not to mention the massive ammonites from Whale chine.
After your visit walk out of the door and look to the sea, this area of beach is called Yarvaland and is the first place you shoud start looking for dino bones, you wil not find a 'perfect' bone but what you could find is bone that is water worn, black in apearance with mineral infill looking like crunchie - if you know what I meen.
Ok thanks for the reply,
So is Yarvaland or brook bay the best place for dinosaur bones?
Yeah, those locations are quite good for dino bones, but I agree with Tabfish, you must know what to look out for before going or you stand little chance. The locations are quite over collected. The two places to look for bones are by the cliffs and the shingle on the foreshore. Bones from the cliff are more likely to be complete, and those in the shingle are most likely to be worn and damaged. Most commonly the bones are black but may have orange and white streaks in them and are slightly shiny. Best of luck, I managed a few fragments when I went to the Isle of Wight back in 2010. I would recommend Hanover Point/Compton Bay for footprints.
So do I stand a good chance of finding one if I am in the right location or are they usually quite rare? I have always wanted to find a dinosaur bone. It would be amazing to find one.
Yes, you have a good chance. It does depend on the conditions the day you are collecting. This is an iguanodon vertebra from Yaverland; as you can see it is very weathered so not a great display specimen but it is bone and they are exciting to find - just don't look very bone like.