On the Isle of Wight sediments from the Cretaceous and the Paleogene are exposed. The Isle of Wight is known for its dinosaur finds from the Wealden formation.
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The view from the beach.
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The following coastal sites are worth visiting:
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Take the stairs at the coastguard building. Here you can find bivalves and brachiopods from the Paleogene period.
- Rocken End (St. Catherine's point)
Accessible via the Sandrock Road, west of Niton. From there, it is a 3 kilometer walk to Rocken End. The glauconitic marls contains concretions in which you can find ammonites, bivalves, gastropods and brachiopods from the Cretaceous period.
- Whale Chine
Accessible from the parking site on top of the cliff. Walk down the stairs to the beach and walk westwards. The brown muddy sandstone from the Cretaceous period contains concretions in which you can find ammonites and bivalves. If you walk further along the beach, you will end up at Shepherd's Chine. In the exposed claylayers you can find bivalves, gastropods, brachiopod, serpulids and corals.
- Whitecliff Bay
You will pass this site when driving on road B3395 from Shanklin to Culver Down. On the beach walk in direction Bembridge. You can find varios fossils here from the Cretaceous period.
Park at the parking site at the coast. The colloured sandstone layers (Wealden) contain parts of dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles and fishes. You can also find plant remains. In the limestone layers you can find bivalves. At Culver Cliff you can find bivalves, sponges and sea urchins in the limestones.
- Blackgang Chine
Accessible when you walk along the beach from Shepherd's Chine or Whale Chine. Various bivalves and tracefossils can be found here from the Cretaceous period.
Various fossils from the Cretaceous period like ammonites, sea urchins, sponges, bivalves and brachiopods. Remains of dinosaurs also have been found here. In the layers from the Paleogene period you can find bivalves and brachiopods.
Go to the Isle of Wight Species List
to identify your own finds!
Literature recommended by members
- Ristevski, J., Young, M.T., Brandalise de Andrade, M., Hastings, A.K., 2018: A new species of Anteophthalmosuchus (Crocodylomorpha, Goniopholididae) from the Lower Cretaceous of the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, and a review of the genus
Cretaceous Research 84, p. 340-384. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2017.11.008
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- Smith, 1983: Fossils of the Chalk, 2nd edition
ISBN0901702781, Zeer geschikt voor fossielen van de Engelse zuidkust en de Franse noordkust.
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