Highlight: Sidmouth Museum

The Jurassic Coast is one of the most important sites in the world for fossils from the Triassic period. Through the study of bones, teeth and other fragments that have been carefully collected and cleaned, it is possible to reconstruct the environment of the Jurassic Coast as it would have been some 235 million years ago. Each fossil is a tantalising clue helping to increase the detail and clarity of our view into the past.

Reptile Jaw at Sidmouth Museum
Reptile jaw at Sidmouth Museum. Photo: Paul Carter

Sidmouth Museum has a display of Triassic fossils, and it is one of the highlights of the story of prehistoric life on the Jurassic Coast. Their collection includes armour plates form giant amphibians, jaw bones and teeth from carnivorous reptiles that pre-date the dinosaurs, evidence of plants and skeletal fragments from many other strange animals that inhabited the sandy plains of the Triassic deserts.

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