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Dinosaur Fossil Hunts & Events

Organised Dinosaur Fossil Hunts on the Isle of Wight

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Would you like to discover your very own dinosaur species like young Daisy Morris from Whitwell? She found a new pterosaur species which was named Vectidraco daisymorrisae: the generic name Vectidraco meaning “Isle of Wight dragon”.

A good way to start is to join one of the many excellent dinosaur fossil hunting walks held on the Isle of Wight throughout the year.

Dinosaur Isle Museum

The Dinosaur Isle museum in Sandown organise guided Fossil Walks in Yaverland, Shanklin and Brook Bay throughout the year. They last up to two hours and are suitable for all ages.

Dates, locations and times can be found on the Dinosaur Isle website or by calling 01983 404344

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Dr Steven Sweetman

The University of Portsmouth research palaeontologist Dr Steven Sweetman recently found teeth belonging to a very large and extremely fearsome relative of the already scary Velociraptor! Steve provides guided palaeontological tours on the island for experts, families and small groups wanting an in depth personal service.

Call him direct to book: 01983 822691

Dinosaur Expeditions CPC

Dinosaur Expeditions Conservation and Palaeoart Centre is housed near Brook. The centre holds displays of fossils & minerals, palaeoart, runs childrens' activities and has a fossil and mineral giftshop. They run fossil hunts from various points on the Island.

To book call: 078 377 28810

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson or 'Fossil Man' as he's known to many runs the fossil and gem shop at IoW Pearl. He was heavily involved in the excavation of a significant specimen of the ankylosaur Polacanthus.

Martin runs year round dinosaur fossil hunts and has produced the popular 'Fossil Hunting on Dinosaur Island' book which is recommended read for all budding paleontologists.

For information and bookings please call 01983 740493 or email

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