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The fossils that I have come from all round the world however the bulk are Morocco based or from the Isle of Wight (where i'm from).


The Isle of Wight is a great place to be for any fossil hunter.

“No other area of comparable size in England has such a variety of formations in easily accessible exposures and containing such a diversity and abundance of fossils.”
(Alan Insole, Brian Daley & Andy Gale 1998. The Isle of Wight. Geologists Association Guide No.60. London)


deposits laid down from the Early Cretaceous to the late Paleogene, a time span of almost 100 million years commencing about 130 million years ago, is exposed on the Isle of Wight. Above this are important but less well known Quaternary deposits which, apart from yielding plant and animal fossils, also yield the tools of early Man. The Cretaceous – Paleogene succession is unrivalled anywhere in Europe and the variety of vertebrate fossils to be found, and in particular dinosaur and mammal fossils, make the Island a place of international importance to palaeontologists.

 

The oldest rocks on the Island (and where you will find Dinosaurs) break through the ground in Sandown and west Wight (shown on the map in red)

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The Isle of Wight in its southern half is mostly of Cretaceous strata, whereas north of the Chalk ridge it is of Tertiary sands, clays and some limestones. The oldest Cretaceous strata is Wealden, a continental, fluvial deposit of mudstones and sandstones that is famous for its dinosaur remains. The coast near Brook is of particular interest. The Lower Greensand above has a good assemblage of marine fossils and has ferruginous sands.

The Gault and Upper Greensand are fossiliferous and well-seen in coastal exposures such as Compton Bay.

The Chalk is fossiliferous and very well-exposed in the west of the island in the region of Freshwater, the Needles and Alum Bay and in the east at Whitecliff Bay and Culver Cliff.

Above the Chalk come the Tertiary strata which include fossiliferous, marine, Eocene sands and clays.


Much of the fossils that I find are from Yaverland & West Wight for Dinosaurs, Bouldnor near Yarmouth for Ice age and younger turtle and croc finds as well as Bembridge for shark teeth and chalk ammonites from St Cathrines.