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Fossils from the UK
Featuring hundreds of fossil collecting locations, geological guides, and advice. Welcome to our fossil hunters community.

Fossils, rocks and minerals can be found easily with a little patience and the knowledge of where to look and what to find. The UK Fossils network covers a large number of locations that are suitable for fossil collecting, complete with what fossils you can find, thousands of geological and fossil photos, access rights and helpful hints and tips.

Beginners Guides to Fossil Hunting
Are you new to fossils? need some educational advice? or just want to learn more. Our guides include 'what is a fossil?', 'how fossils formed?' and 'where to find fossils?'

We also have a range of helpful fossil guides telling you all about the different fossil groups, such as 'ammonites', ' belemnites', 'ostracods' and 'foraminifera'. Plus hints and tips.



Fossil Resources
UK Fossils also features a comprehensive geological 'timeline', covering detailed stratigraphy of all periods. We have a 'glossary' of terms, directory of societies, tide times and other useful resources.

Our events diary has a list of what's going on in your area, and you can keep up-to-date with the latest news


Map of Fossil Locations in the UK Sussex Gloucestershire Bedfordshire Cheshire South West Wales Lincolnshire and Rutland Kent Hampshire Norfolk Derbyshire Cambridgeshire South Wales Suffolk North Scotland Shropshire Somerset Dorset Isle of Wight North Yorkshire Lancashire Cumbria South Scotland London East Riding of Yorkshire Skye Devon Midland & Grampian Essex Cornwall North Wales Cleveland and Durham Northumberland Fossil Collectors Code of Conduct
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8th June 2012 : Gloucestershire Geology Trust recruits “Geowardens”
A geology charity in Gloucestershire (the Gloucestershire Geology Trust (GGT)) has been awarded £39,500 by the Heritage Lottery Fund grant to recruit "geowardens". The money will be used to train volunteers to manage the Huntley and Longhope Geology and Landscape Trail. The trail sites include fossilised coral reefs and an outcrop of volcaniclastic rocks centred around the village of Huntley. This village has a special role in the geological history of the county and of great importance. because you can see and touch the rocks that were part of the collision of continents some 460 million years ago, and where the Earth's crust was wrenched apart around 250 million years ago. The wardens will be trained in conservation and rural skills to help conserve the geodiversity around the villages of Huntley and Longhope.

8th June 2012: Mystery of the (Romers) evolution gap solved
A wide diversity of fossils from amphibians, plants, fish to invertebrates, was discovered in the Borders. This has unearthed a missing chapter of evolution, and has changed our understanding of the theory of evolution on earth. The fossils are dated from the “Romer’s Gap” time, a period between 345 and 360 million years ago, when it was concluded low levels of oxygen limited evolution on earth. The gap was named after the American palaeontologist Alfred Sherwood Romer who made the conclusion. However, the newly-unveiled fossils shed light on a period that previously had been almost blank.

The word Fossil used to be defined as ‘something dug up’. Now-a-days it generally means ‘The remains or trace evidence of prehistoric life’. The study of fossils is called palaeontology; someone who collects and studies them is called a palaeontologist. Fossils can be as tiny as a grain of pollen or a seed or as huge as a limb bone from a giant dinosaur. For animal or plant remains to have become ‘fossilised ‘, they must go through a certain process that preserves them for up to millions of years after they have died.

Fossils for sale - For those looking to buy fossils, we have a wide range of fossils for sale, at very low prices from all over the world.

Discuss Fossils - Visit our active discussion board, its a community of its own! Discuss Fossils can help you learn and read about locations to hunt and even identify your own finds. Regular experts visit the forum to help answer some of the questions raised by members. This is also a great place to meet people also interested in collecting fossils.

Most Popular Fossil Locations: Charmouth Fossils , Whitby, Bracklesham, Burton Bradstock, Quantoxhead, Abbey Wood, Kettleness, Eastbourne, Hastings,Hope, Staithes, Whitehaven, Aberlady, Aust, Hunstanton, Fairlight, Seatown, Seven Sisters

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