Local geologist’s new guide to walking with dinosaurs

Author Ken Brooks with his new book on geology and fossils. SUS-140516-111702001
Author Ken Brooks with his new book on geology and fossils. SUS-140516-111702001

A LOCAL geologist has written a new guide to finding fossils in Hastings.

Geology expert Ken Brooks is releasing a second edition of Geology and Fossils in the Hastings Area which has been extensively revised, updated and expanded, including new colour images.

The Hastings area is one of the best places in the UK to discover dinosaur fossils and the book begins by describing two field trips in Hastings where various rocks and fossils were identified and used to create a picture of what South East England would have been like some 140 millions years ago.

Ken said: “What I have tried to do is for the general public to go onto to the beach, to walk along the rocks at Rock-a-Nore, Pett, and Fairlight and to try to understand what they are seeing, because so often people find bits of rock and fossils. I have tried to provide a book that gives people some idea on how to identify fossils and where to look for dinosaur bones and dinosaur footprints.”

Some of the things that have been found in local rocks include bones and teeth of sharks, crocodiles, turtles, dinosaurs and flying reptiles, and massive three-toed footprints have also been found, proving that dinosaurs once walked in Hastings.

The author is holding an illustrated talk on local fossils and dinosaurs on Sunday (May 25) at 2.30pm, at The Shipwreck Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road. It costs £3 for adults and £2 for children. Booking advised, please call 426459.