Return to a time before Darwin when fossils were considered mere curiosities.
Trace the footsteps of the famous early 19th century fossil collector Mary Anning* along the beautiful southwest coast of England.
Visit her picturesque hometown of Lyme Regis in Dorset and tour the prominent natural history museums of London, Cambridge, and Oxford that archive her ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and other remarkable fossils. Stroll along the very beaches and sea cliffs that Anning and other paleontologists explored while you look for fossils and learn about geology at the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Spend a day on the beautiful Isle of Wight, a world-renowned fossil locality from the Age of Dinosaurs.
*If you have read Tracy Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures (2009), Shelley Emling's The Fossil Hunter (2009), or John Fowles French Lieutentant's Woman (1969), you understand the contributions of Mary Anning to the science of paleontology and context and motivation for this trip.