Monday, July 31, 2006
Dinosaur dung and fossilised footprints have been unearthed at a Broadbridge Heath quarry in what experts have dubbed the most exciting prehistoric Horsham district finds for more than 60 years.
The discoveries have been examined by fossil specialists at Brighton University and Brighton Museum and confirmed as the footprints of an Iguanodon and a Polacanthus, and the faeces of a small dinosaur or large crocodile.
The fossils are all more than 100 million years old.
The Polacanthus footprint was discovered by University of Kansas professor Stephen Hasiotis during a tour of the Historic Horsham Stone Quarry, in Lower Broadbridge Heath Farm, on Saturday July 22.
Roger Birch, geologist teacher at Collyer's Sixth Form College, in Hurst Road, Horsham, and author of West Sussex Stone: The Story of Horsham Stone, has described the finds as 'extremely rare' and 'very exciting'.