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Dinosaur Isle flying high after latest Isle of Wight fossil find

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 8:40

ANOTHER fossil find of international significance has been made on the Isle of Wight, with the discovery of the world’s oldest example of a Coloborhynchus pterosaur fossil.
The 125 million year old fossil of the flying lizard’s snout was discovered by dinosaur enthusiast Will Thurbin, of Niton.
The fossil was discovered at Sudmoor Point, near Brook.
He took it to Dinosaur Isle and staff at the Sandown museum worked with Dr Dave Martill of Portsmouth University to identify it.
Will has now donated the fossil to Dinosaur Isle, where it is on display.
He said: "When I picked it up it was triangular in shape and looked different to other fossils I have found in the past.
"I decided to take it home and have a good look and could see that it was a bone and that there were some teeth in it.
"I decided to take it Dinosaur Isle to see if they knew what it was and it is great they have since confirmed it as a new type of fossil for the Island."
Councillor Shirley Smart, Isle of Wight Council executive member for economy and tourism, added: "This find further affirms the importance of dinosaur enthusiasts and their ability to help our knowledge of science progress.
"Without the dedication of people such as Will, Dinosaur Isle Museum would not have many of the fossils in the collections that it does. It also helps experts gain a better understanding of what these huge creatures were like."

Will Thurbin with his fossil

Will Thurbin with the fossil. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight Council/Will Thurbin.


 


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