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24/11/10 - Strode Rock Detectives Unearth Fantastic Finds
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Strode A level Geology students recently discovered first hand the excitement of foraging for fossils on the Jurassic coast of Lyme Regis in Dorset.  Amongst their fantastic finds were large vertebrae of marine reptiles, Ichthyosaurs.  These impressive creatures, which resembled fish and dolphins, disappeared about 90 million years ago, about 25 million years before the dinosaurs became extinct.  The fossils were found in rocks which are 195 million years old (see photo).  Students also found more usual fossils including ammonites, bivalves, crinoids and fossilised wood.

Jez Palfrey, Geology Tutor said: "To piece together the story of the earth our students need to get out into the field, as well as carry out investigations in the laboratory.  Geology is a practical subject and this trip was a great opportunity for our students to witness what they have learnt in the classroom.  Ichthyosaurs fossils are always exciting; this year we were particularly lucky. "

Photo: Strode students study their fossil finds in the classroom. Left to right: Daisy Rendall (of Shepton Mallet), Megan Hill (of Street), Nick Hill (of Wincanton), Aimee Wyatt (of Ashcott) and Dom Chorney (of Glastonbury).