Fossil hunter warning on Dorset's Jurassic Coast

  • 24 January 2014

Fossil hunters are being warned of falling rocks and mudslides on the Jurassic Coast in south-west England.

The recent stormy weather has uncovered some exciting buried treasures, but it's also made the coast in Dorset unstable - and possibly dangerous.

An artist's impression of an ichthyosaur
An artist's impression of an ichthyosaur

It's thought more fossil hunters have been coming to the area after the skeleton of an ichthyosaur - an ancient "fish lizard" - was found in December.

The National Trust said that people should not to ignore warning signs.

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A large rockfall took place at Burton Bradstock on 16 January.

The rocks in Dorset are around 200 million years old.