Jurassic Coast. UNESCO object in England
This unusual place is called the Jurassic Coast and is located in West Dorset, near the village of Lyme Regis, England. The Jurassic Coast stretches 155 km between Studland in Dorset and Exmouth in East Devon. It is known for having many ammonite fossils of ancient mollusks in coastal rocks. These are curled shells of various sizes, which can be found in rocks, stones and just among the sand. These fossils are over 185 million years old. The rocks discovered here belong to the Mesozoic era. It includes all three periods – Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.
As a rule, these “ancient remains” are used by jewelers to create original jewelry. Here, these fossils attract only tourists who collect shellfish as souvenirs. Frequent landslides open the world to new remains of the ancient inhabitants of our planet. You can easily cope without special archaeological skills to discover them. Beach rangers allow you to take with you anything, but the weight of the finds can reach hundreds of pounds.
The conditions for the preservation of soft tissues and bones of prehistoric animals are especially favorable here. The towns of Lyme Regis and Charmut are on clayey soil in the valley. These places were home to warm waters with weak currents. The Jurassic Coast is also known as Ammonite Beach. The sea blurs limestone and clay, constantly washing ammonites to the surface. Even the lights on the Lime Regis seafront are made in the form of ammonites. Sometimes among the remains can be found the bones of sea lizards.
It is interesting to note that many of the famous fossil finds were made by a local housewife, Mary Anning, at the beginning of the 19th century. She and her family made a living looking for interesting copies of the fossils among the Lime Regis rocks and selling them to tourists. Among the fossils found were remnants of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. This discovery confirmed the idea that some completely extinct animals might have existed in the past. Thanks to the usual housewife, this theory has completely changed the views of the scientific world on the life of the Earth in the distant past. In 2001, the coast fell into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK. This is the first natural World Heritage site in the country, as well as one of the best places for family travel in the UK.