the fossil hunters
There are 12 professional fossil hunters regularly
working the beach at Lyme Regis. Fossils are in
abundance here and amateurs and holiday makers
often find pyritised ammonites and fragments of
fossilised bones under the cliffs of Black Ven.
The professionals do so too, but they have also
made significant discoveries and have an intricate
knowledge of the specimens they hunt and the
landscape they survey. Like Mary Anning, despite
their knowledge of the science, their ability to locate
and identify specimens and various contributions
to new knowledge, they too are credited as collectors
rather than as field palaeontologists.
This is the beginning of the research work for a new
body of work building on Dragons & Snakestones.