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To mark the 75th anniversary of the Council for British Archaeology, Red Funnel and GO Outdoors have launched a guide to fossil hunting on the Isle of Wight to celebrate the rare finds that have nestled on the Island for millions of years.

The guide is designed to create a sense of adventure and excitement for both those living on the Island and tourists, helping them to experience the UK’s captivating prehistory first-hand.

Named ‘the dinosaur capital of Britain’ by the Natural History Museum, the Isle of Wight is one of the richest sources of dinosaur remains in Europe. And you don’t have to be a scientist or explorer to find them: several significant discoveries have been made in recent years by leisure hunters including a 6-year-old boy (2007), a 9-year-old girl (2013) and a mother-of-2 (2016). Could you be next?

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The guide details the near-to-complete skeletons of dinosaurs discovered on the Isle of Wight, with illustrations based on what is known of the dinosaurs’ bone structures from excavations. Of course, what their skin really looked like remains a guess – some scientists argue that most of them had feathers.

Fran Collins, Red Funnel CEO explains:

“To have this insight and understanding of prehistoric life at our fingertips is incredible and makes the Isle of Wight a very special place to explore. We created the guide, with GO Outdoors, to give young explorers and their families all the information they need to go out and uncover their own finds. It’s a great opportunity to get wrapped up warm and go out exploring the local bays; perfect for weekend fun.”

The guide includes preparation tips, a recommended kit list, the best locations for fossil hunting, information of legalities and a list of guided fossil walks. It also gives the reader insight into the types of fossils that can be found including: crocodiles, turtles, reptiles, pterosaurs, shellfish and various mammals.

For your copy of the guide, visit

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