Victorian dinosaur dung billionaires

In the 1850s, hundreds of miners flooded into Cambridgeshire hoping to make their fortunes. But it wasn't gold that lured them there. Martin Sayers describes the craze for fossilised faeces

Dinosaur dung became a valuable commodity in 19th century Cambridgeshire. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the May 2013 of BBC History Magazine

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