In this article I give an overview of my holiday on the Jurassic Coast, my time fossil hunting and exploring the area.

Jurassic Finds Website Development

There is a lot to cover in this article so I will be a brief as I can be. If you have been a follower of the Jurassic Finds blog, you would have seen some recent changes that have taken place over the past few months. I have decided to adjust the Jurassic Finds blog into a more personal website which will focus on my palaeontology work, and science communication outreach.

The Jurassic Finds blog section is still present and will remain, it is available on the home page, but I have now added a media page, updated the about section and added a CV page. I will also be changing the domain name in August to make the blog much more professional. My aim is for website to reflect more of the palaeontology work that I do, helping to raise awareness not only of myself as a palaeontologist but dinosaur vertebrate palaeontology.

When I started Jurassic Finds back in 2018 my overall aim was to use the blog as a space to write palaeontology articles as a way to build up my scientific writing skills and put myself out there. I did not think the blog itself would be so widely read, with over 28,400 views in over 128 countries over 4 years. After taking some time to think about where the blog could go in the future, developing it into a more professional palaeontological website focusing on my work/outreach was the only logical step to take. My blog posts will still continue as and when I have time, but my hope is that readers will enjoy reading more of what the website has to offer over the coming years as more pages get added.

Exploring Lyme Regis and Charmouth

So, from the 14th-19th of March 2022 I took a holiday in Lyme Regis for a week which was fantastic. It was great to get away, do some fossil hunting and explore the local area. I decided to head down to the Lyme Regis beach to do some fossil hunting on the Tuesday morning which lasted into the afternoon, and then on Thursday visited Charmouth to do some fossil hunting as well. I have visited Lyme Regis a number of times in the past, but this was the first time I had stayed in the locally for an extended period of time.

Unfortunately, on both fossil hunts I didn’t find much apart from Ammonite fossils in the rocks. Despite my fossil hunting endeavours not coming up with much, I was just glad to have some much-needed respite after finishing my MSc. Taking some time to take in the scenery and what the Jurassic Coast had to offer. The weather was excellent throughout the week apart from Wednesday when it rained that day. So, I decided to explore the Lyme Regis Museum, and the local fossil/gift shops around. All in all it was a great week away.

Here are some Ammonite photos I took in both Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

Ammonite fossil imprint in Lyme. Image credit: James Ronan, 2022.
Ammonite fossil clusters in Lyme. Image Credit: James Ronan, 2022.
Even the the lamp posts in Lyme Regis have ammonites in them! Image credit: James Ronan, 2022.
Ammonites and partial Ammonites found at Charmouth. Image credit: James Ronan, 2022.

Lyme Regis Museum houses some excellent palaeontological fossils! As you can see in the below images.

The Museum is very well laid out, all the Museum staff were incredibly friendly and I can’t wait to visit again when I am next down in the area. The Museum is well worth visiting, featuring a geological exhibit section focused on the Jurassic ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs found locally, along with a variety of ammonites and belemnites. The Museum also focuses on the industrial history of the Lyme Regis area, for a small Museum it covers a vast history of the local area.

Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur Temodontosaurus platydon housed at Lyme Regis Museum. Collected by local fossil hunter Mike Harrison in 2011. Temodontosaurus lived during the Early Jurassic some 200-175 million years ago. Image credit: James Ronan, 2022.
Ichthyosaur specimen on display at Lyme Regis Museum. Image credit: James Ronan, 2022.
The Black Ven Ichthyosaur on display at Lyme Regis Museum. The preserved specimen is about 5 feet long and was discovered in 2004. It is mostly likely a species of Ichthyosaurus communis. Image credit: James Ronan, 2022.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article! If you are new to the blog do give it a follow and check out my past posts. You can also check out my media outreach page, to see my most recent media outreach appearances. If you want to explore everything I am involved in, you can check out my palaeontology linktree. It is the best place to keep up to date with my palaeontology/podcast content!

I’ll be back with a new article soon breaking down the latest footage and news from the new Apple TV series Prehistoric Planet! So stay tuned for my next article!

Fossil hunting in Charmouth. Image credit: James Ronan, 2022.

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