3 May, 2012

British Antarctic Survey geologists are participating in the ‘Discovering Earth’ Lyme Regis Fossil Festival from 4–6 May in the Dorset town of Lyme Regis. Come along to see for yourself the wonderful fossils from Antarctica that have shown scientists that the frozen continent was once a tropical rainforest and roaming with dinosaurs.

Fossils have played a pivotal role in the birth of the earth sciences. They’ve helped scientists to understand that our earth is billions of years old and that life forms evolved and continue to do so. They also show us that much of the earth and stone we walk upon was created when sediment was deposited on the bottom of ancient sea-beds and that this sea-bed — indeed the whole of the earth’s crust — is moving all the time.

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is run by the Lyme Regis Development Trust. ‘Discovering Earth’ will be the 7th Festival. Find out more at www.fossilfestival.com.