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Isle of Wight's Yaverland 'famous as dinosaur spot'

Wed 25 Aug 2010

Isle of Wight's Yaverland 'famous as dinosaur spot'

A dinosaur expert has highlighted the best places to head to during an Isle of Wight holiday to find bones of ancient creatures.

According to Steve Hutt, curator at island-based interactive museum Dinosaur Isle, the east coast of the Isle of Wight at Yaverland is one of the better places to go dinosaur hunting, along with the south-west coast near Brook.

He added that the Isle of Wight is one of the best places to find dinosaur relics because of its weather systems.

"The rode of erosion here is very quick so if the soft mud and sandstones collapse onto the beach under the pressure of the sea, it's about an occasional partial skeleton of dinosaurs fall out," he said.

His comments come after University of Portsmouth palaeontologist Dr Steve Sweetman and Dr Allan Insole from the University of Bristol revealed that a fire on the Isle of Wight followed by a flood 130 million years ago helped to preserve the dinosaur bones on the island.

Posted by Jon Noble ADNFCR-3083-ID-800040048-ADNFCR

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