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It was long thought that the local Kimmeridgian clays had little to yield by way of evidence via well-preserved fossils. A belief that was changed by the amazing discoveries of Steve Etches, local to Kimmeridge, fossil collector and expert who over the last 30 years, has discovered, collected and researched over 2000 incredible late Jurassic Kimmeridgian specimens.

An achievement that has resulted in a collection of the most extensive and finest fossil specimens ever found in the Kimmeridgian Clay Formation.

Many of the species Steve has discovered are new to science and are of great palaeontological importance. Each find has been perfectly curated, providing an immaculate record that reveals every aspect and tells the stories of these incredible creatures from deep time, how they bred, how they lived and died.

The collection enjoys great patronage and endorsements from palaeontologists, geologists and scientists in recognition of the superior status of the collection and its collector. The Palaeontological Association awarded The Mary Anning Prize to Steve in 1993 and 2005. The Geological Society of London awarded the R.H. Worth Prize in 1994 and The Geologists’ Association The Halstead Medal. In June 2014 Steve was awarded the MBE for services to palaeontology. Such recognition is testament to the importance of the collection and the dedication and scientific contributions made by an amateur palaeontologist.
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