What could be better for a fossil enthusiast than searching for rock nodules on the seashore between the steep cliffs and the roaring waves, opening them with a single, well-aimed hammer blow and then being the first person to see a beautifully preserved fossil in almost 180 million years?

Lyme Regis and Charmouth are the most famous coastal towns in England for all fossil hunters. More than 200 years ago, Mary Anning was the first professional fossil collector to collect ammonites and other fossils to sell them to the often aristocratic interested parties and scientists.

After major storms and heavy seas, huge sections of the cliffs repeatedly break off into the sea, where the fossils are then washed free. This is how important finds are still made today!