All About Fossils

The Weymouth Bar Pliosaur fossil at Dorset County Museum. One of the best fossils that has been discovered on the Jurassic Coast.
The Weymouth Bar Pliosaur skull fossil at Dorset County Museum

From magical myths to evidence of evolution, fossils have fascinated human beings for thousands of years. Today scientists use fossils to understand how life has changed, adapted and survived over millions of years.

The Jurassic Coast is world famous as a place where fantastic fossils are preserved in abundance. The evidence they provide shows how animals and plants evolved in this part of the world during the Mesozoic Era, between 250 and 65 million years ago.

Browse hundreds of fossils found along the Jurassic Coast in our Fossil Finder database.

 

Sidmouth Triassic landscape, Otter Sandstone
Sidmouth Triassic landscape, Otter Sandstone. Illustration by Neil Rogers

Using fossils found along the Dorset and East Devon coast we can reconstruct vivid pictures of prehistoric landscapes, whether its dry Triassic deserts, tropical Jurassic seas or sticky Cretaceous swamps. From body shape to bite marks and fossilised stomach contents, the amazing preservation of some specimens allows us to investigate how animals lived and died in their own ancient habitats, bringing the lost worlds of the Jurassic Coast to life. Click here to find out more about fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast.

Fossil assemblage at Beaminster Museum

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Ammonite, Lyme Regis Museum

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