Paul Newton with some of the fossils he is donating to Dinosaur Isle. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
A COLLECTION of ammonite fossils have been donated to Dinosaur Isle by a local collector.
Paul Newton has been collecting fossils for many year and focused his efforts on finding ammonites — a type of sea creature.
Most of the fossils he has given to the museum were found on the Island.
He said: "I have been collecting fossils for most of my life and have always had a real interest in the different remains of long-gone sea creatures.
"For more than 30 years, I have been collecting on the south coast of the Island where I have made some of my most exquisite finds.
"I hope visitors to the museum will be as enthused with them on display as I was when finding them."
Peter Pusey, general manager of Dinosaur Isle, said: "In a recent fossil review we felt we could do with displaying more ammonites as these are quite well known types of fossils and we did not have that many.
"Paul’s collection has enabled us to fill this gap and it demonstrates such skilled collectors, such as Paul, are so important to preserving the Island’s heritage."
The fossils will be on display at the museum and will be available for research.