Rolled dinosaur bone
Rolled dinosaur bone
Rolled dinosaur bone

'Rolled' dinosaur bone

Millions of years past, the region from Pett Level to Hastings, East Sussex was a giant lagoon, home to crocodiles, turtles, dinosaurs and a plethora of reliquiae – fossilised plant and fish remains. Wouldn't it be great to have a time machine because I can't comprehend the timescale, let alone the fact these items have survived for so long.

That aside, before the October 2019 rains came, the wife and I went for a swim a short distance along from Cliff End. I have always known about fossils in this area but my searches always proved fruitless, until today.

Coffee in hand, I mooched nonchalantly not expecting any great finds until I spied what I thought was wood. Unexpectedly, it turned out to be my best encounter ever (after the wife of course), a piece of rolled dinosaur bone. I only know this thanks to Google and some similar pics.

Delving deeper, I was reliably informed that it could be a fragment of Igaunodon skeleton, which were prevalent in this area, released by recent inclement weather. Needless to say, I'm hooked.

Now, if I could only extract its DNA…

For further reading visit which lists fossil sites around the country.