Where history happened: Georgian fossil hunting

Nige Tassell and Michael Taylor explore Dorset's Jurassic Coast, where 19th-century palaeontologist Mary Anning made some of the most significant geological finds in history

The beach at Lyme Regis, on the Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset, has attracted fossil hunters for centuries. (Getty Images)

This article was first published in the June 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

It’s a sound you don’t hear on too many other British beaches, at least not beyond Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. It’s tinny and metallic, and on busy days, it’s all around you. It’s the sound of geological hammer on rock, the sound of hoped-for discovery.

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