Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fossil Hunting at Lyme Regis

These are ammonites, amongst the best known fossils.  They became extinct over 140 million years ago.

In Whitby, England, the fossils were once thought to represent coiled serpents that had been beheaded and turned to stone by the Saxon abbess St Hilda.  In order to maintain this legend, snakes' heads were commonly carved on fossil ammonites sold to tourists in the area.

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