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Hunting fossils in England

Discoveries have been made at Monmouth Beach for more than two centuries

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10:00am, January 21, 2014

FOSSIL FINDS  The Jurassic Coast along England’s southwest shore is a rich hunting ground for beginning or experienced fossil hounds.

As rain plopped onto our jackets, my tour group huddled against the side of the Lyme Regis Museum on the southwest coast of England, struggling to hear our fossil-hunting guide over the sound of wind and waves.

“This is really the weather you want for fossil collecting,” said marine biologist Chris Andrew, the museum’s education director. “It lets the fossils wash down from the cliffs.” And, he explained, “a bit of rain keeps everyone else at home.”

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