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Nikki's 100 million year old dino poo collection

Please meet my friend Nikki. She ranks right up there in the top ten of major lovers of Lyme Regis and she visits the town whenever she can with her husband Phil and their sons, Dylan and Finn.

And the main thing that brings her back time and time again is ... fossils. If the tide is right she'll be down on Charmouth beach as soon as she arrives in town doing what she loves best - searching and searching for fossils.

Nikkis Dino poo collectionWhat you see here is a small part of Nikki's collection of dinosaur poo which has become fossilised. Yes, you did read that correctly. While searching for what she regards as 'better fossils ' she has unwittingly become an expert at finding these highly-sort-after, 100 million year old remains for which the posh name is is coprolite.)

Nikki says "This is just a small selection of the coprolites that I have found. I know the local fossil hunters have found much better examples but this isn't bad for an amateur and just shows what can be found on the beaches of Lyme Regis. Most people's reaction is 'Ugh" but I think its amazing that this stuff can survives for over 100 million years and tells the story of at least two prehistoric creatures - predator and prey - as you often see fish scales and bits of bone in the fossil poo."

Nikki and her family love going out on Lyme Regis mackerel fishing trips and one day soon I'm sure they'll  join us on one of our Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trips.

Published on 29/06/2017.

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