The tooth of a straight-tusked elephant. . Warm periods in between the Ice Ages saw animals such as hippos and elephants living in Kent.
Fossil vertebrae from the backbone of a prehistoric shark. It lived in the Great Chalk Sea that covered Kent in the Cretaceous, at the time of the dinosaurs.
The three-toed footprint of a dinosaur, discovered on the beach at East Wear Bay, Folkestone in 2017 by local collector and fossil hunter Steve Friedrich. It’s believed to be that of a theropod – a group of dinosaurs that includes Tyrannosaurus Rex – though this one was quite a bit smaller. The footprint is about 120 million years old.
Part of the thigh bone (femur) of a large plant-eating dinosaur called Iguanodon, which lived 120 to 140 million years ago. Large specimens grew up to 2.7 metres tall and were 11 metres long. Iguanodon got its name because its teeth were similar in shape to those of a modern-day iguana. It was one of the first dinosaurs to be discovered and scientifically described, by Gideon Mantell (1790-1852). This fossil was found in the Wealden Clay near Ashford.
Part of a jawbone and teeth of an ichthyosaur. These huge sea reptiles lived over 100 million years ago when warm seas covered Kent. They hunted fish which they caught in their cone-shaped teeth. The largest could grow up to 16 metres. This fossil was discovered on the beach at The Warren in Folkestone.
This ammonite’s been bitten by a fish or a tiny shark. Can you spot the bite mark? Ammonites were shellfish that fed on plankton. They floated up and down in the warm sea that covered this area in prehistoric times. They became extinct 65 million years ago at the same time as the dinosaurs. Their closest modern relatives are octopus and squid.