Welcome to the Jurassic Coast Fossil Finder

 From exquisite starfish and elegant ammonites, to terrifying teeth and pre-historic poo…The Jurassic Coast museums have a fantastic collection of fossils for you to explore.

The Fossil Finder is a database of almost 1,000 fossils from museums in Dorset and East Devon. Most specimens were found on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

The Fossil Finder presents photos of these specimens, together with important details and fascinating facts. We hope it will be an invaluable resource for you, whether you're an absolute beginner or an avid fossilist.

When you've found your favourite fossils on the website, you can visit the museums to see the real thing. Please note: If you want to see a specific fossil, contact the museum beforehand to check that it's on display, or to arrange a viewing.

Focus on Fossils

From brachiopods to bivalves, molluscs to mammals, use Focus on Fossils to find out everything you need to know about the different fossil groups.

Ways to explore the database

 

Can you tell us more?

Many of the fossils in our collections came to the museum with little or no background information. If you know more about any of our fossils, or can enhance our content, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jurassic Coast Museums Partnership

Jurassic Coast Museum Partnership logoThe database is funded by Arts Council England and supported by Dorset County Council. It's one of several projects launched by the Jurassic Coast Museums Partnership (JCMP) to raise the profiles of the museums. It follows the highly successful 'Collecting Cultures' scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which secured exceptional new fossils for the museums.

Find out more about the participating Jurassic Coast Museum Partnership Museums.

With thanks

The JCMP would like to thank the following people for their help with this project

  • Richard Edmonds, Jurassic Coast Earth Science Manager, for his invaluable help and support throughout the project - made possible through support from Natural England
  • Cathy Lewis, project co-ordinator and editor
  • Staff and volunteers from the museums for helping with photo sessions and inputting data
  • Still photography by Dave Penman and Paul Carter
  • 360º photography by RedWhite Creative Agency
  • Illustrations by Robert Nicholls