Latest chapter in young fossil hunter's adventure

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

 

Latest chapter in young fossil hunter's adventure

Isle of Wight dinosaur expert Martin Simpson with young fossil hunter Daisy Morris at Waterstone's signing copies of Martin's book Daisy and the Isle of Wight Dragon Picture by Robin Crossley.

IT was a discovery that made headlines around the world — the story of how a nine year old Island girl helped uncover a new species of Pterosaur — and on Saturday Daisy Morris met fans inspired by her tale.

Daisy was at Waterstones, Newport, for a book signing with dinosaur expert Martin Simpson who has written a new children’s story that tells how she discovered a fossil, when aged just five years old, which experts revealed this year was a new species.

Titled Daisy and the Isle of Wight Dragon, illustrated by Rupert Besley, Mark Witton and Diego Barletta, the book follows Daisy’s now world famous adventure, which led to the new dinosaur being named after her — Vectidraco Daisymorrisae.

"The signing went really well. We signed a lot of copies and Daisy really enjoyed it. Waterstones was great and made us feel very at home," said Martin.

"This discovery has been one of the biggest things I have ever been involved in.

"There has been phenomenal interest. She has been featured in dozens of magazines and last week she was on the One Show," added Martin, who thanked the Natural History Museum, where the fossil is now housed, for its support.

To view the One Show episode, click here. Daisy is featured at around 22 minutes into the programme.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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