This Dad Thought They’d Found A Lump Of Wood In The Sand – But His Son Soon Guessed Its True Value

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The Wood family had already dropped into one of the island’s museums, where they’d seen a specimen that they thought was just like the object that Archie had found months earlier. “They are big into fossils there,” Archie’s granddad recalled. “When we went into the museum, we saw identical fossils in a skull in a display cabinet, and we thought, ‘That’s it!’”

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Their next port of call on the Isle of Wight was a well-known fossil shop called Jurassic Jim, located on the High Street in the town of Shanklin. They had a photo of Archie’s find with them, and hoped that Jurassic Jim himself would be able to tell them what Archie had found. With over 50 years of fossil collecting under his belt, his opinion was well worth having.

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