Visit Isle of Wight chairman Simon Dabell.
LEADING dinosaur experts will visit the Isle of Wight later this month as part of an international conference.
The University of Southampton and Visit Isle of Wight have joined forces to bring together dinosaur palaeontologists from Britain and China to the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and Dinosaur Isle.
The two-day Jehol-Wealden International Conference will be held next Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21.
Palaeontologists will present the results of their latest research before the conference heads to the Island where delegates will visit key dinosaur sites and meet tourism and business leaders.
The conference, which is being seen as a major coup by the Island’s tourism industry, will also include two Isle of Wight fossil walks and a reception at Dinosaur Isle, Sandown.
Simon Dabell, Visit Isle of Wight chairman, said: "We are delighted to support this significant international event.
"It expresses the Island’s position as the dinosaur capital of the UK and helps us to build on our Dinosaur Island brand with specially themed dinosaur events and exhibitions for visitors and local people."
Rocks on the Island (the Wealden) and in northern China (the Jehol) contain many of the best dinosaur fossils in the world.
Dr Gareth Dyke, senior lecturer in vertebrate palaeontology at Southamp-ton University, said: "The famous Iguanodon sacrum examined by Richard Owen and figured in 1849 was originally found at Brook back in 1825.
"This specimen is the iconic 'first dinosaur’."