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Forthcoming title: Fossil Collecting on the Fleet Lagoon of Dorset

Posted by David Penney on

We are very pleased to announce the following forthcoming title currently in preparation:

Field Guide to Fossils of the Fleet Lagoon, Dorset

This is an informative field guide to the safe and responsible collection of Jurassic-aged fossils found along the beautiful and tranquil Fleet lagoon, on the coast of Dorset. This comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated book, in full colour throughout, focuses on the varied fossil types and geology, as well as the unexpected number of fossil-bearing sites found here, all set against the stunning landscape of the Dorset countryside.

This up-to-date and definitive guide to the fossils of the Fleet lagoon, contains helpful identification charts of the fossils to be found, ranging from the rare bones and teeth of Kimmeridge Clay marine reptiles to Corallian echinoids, pyritised ammonites from the Oxford Clay and much more. All the localities along the 13 km length of this picturesque, tidal body of water, that separates Chesil Beach from the mainland, are fully described.

The authors both live and have collected from this area for many years and their knowledge is evident, both in the book’s informative text and in the photographs of the many specimens from their own collections. The stunning photographs throughout of this beautiful part of Dorset, compliment those of the fossils themselves and make this an essential book for either browsing at leisure or for using as an invaluable reference for any field trips to the area. The book is further complimented by superb reconstructions of scenes of Jurassic life by talented paleo-artist Andreas Kurpisz.

Expected publication date late 2023/early 2024.

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