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My Favourite Fossil: Phil Manning

Updated Thursday, 12th June 2008

Phil Manning, lecturer and research fellow, recalls his first fossil find.

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Hi, I’m Phil Manning. I’m a lecturer in palaeontology and research fellow at the University of Manchester.

My very first fossil, I was only seven years old, was from a marine reptile, a sea dragon. It was from an ichthyosaur that was alive 180 million years ago, and I found it in my garden in Somerset. From that day onwards, I was hooked, I was going to be a dinosaur hunter.





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