Dinosaur Expeditions C.I.C. - The Story so far...... Part 5

With the Dinosaur Expeditions Centre temporarily closed for renovations work, we took the opportunity to survey the cliffs between Cowleaze Chine and Barnes High (opposite the Dinosaur Farm).


Oliver was joined by volunteers Ashley and Paul. On previous solo fossil hunting expeditions Ashley discovered a rare theropod (meat-eating dinosaur) tibia (lower leg bone) and a decade earlier, Paul discovered a rare theropod dorsal vertebra (back bone). So if there was anything to be found there was a good chance we would be able to find it.


We made our way over Barnes High and searched high and low for three days. We identified nine sites and found Hybodont shark spines, fresh water pond mussel bivalves, fossil wood and several dinosaur bones.


The survey produced several highlights. Paul found a small Theropod (meat-eating dinosaur) phalange (toe bone), Ashley found part of a large unidentified sacral (hip) vertebra and Oliver found an isolated Anteophalmosuchus (Goniopholis) crocodile tooth!

Dinosaur Expeditions Blog


Welcome to the Dinosaur Expeditions C.I.C. Blog.


Dinosaur Expeditions is a Community Interest Company based on the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.

We were created by local fossil enthusiasts to promote responsible fossil collecting and the creation of original palaeoart.

We have set-up the Dinosaur Expeditions Conservation and Paleoart Centre (a.k.a. The Dinosaur Expeditions Centre) at the site of the former Dinosaur Farm Museum, near Brighstone in the West Wight.

We are next to six and a half miles of coastline exposing 125 million year old, Lower Cretaceous mud; regarded as one of the best localities for Dinosaur fossils in Europe.

This blog will showcase the work our volunteers do to discover and conserve new fossil discoveries and then interpret them through palaeoart.

Thanks for reading.


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