Stone mason, 21, inspired by Sir David Attenborough takes just 15 minutes to find a 190-million-year-old ammonite on his first ever fossil dig in East Devon

Mail Online | 1/31/2018 | Harry Pettit For Mailonline
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A man inspired to take up fossil hunting by Sir David Attenborough made the find of a lifetime on his first outing - a giant ammonite.

The huge fossil, found by 21-year-old Archie Faiers, is 190 million years old and took the stone mason just 15 minutes into his first ever fossil dig to find.

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Discovered on a Jurassic Coast beach in East Devon, the fossil is of the species Microderoceras Birchi, typical of ammonites found in the area.

Mr Faiers said he decided to go hunting for prehistoric relics after watching the BBC documentary Attenborough and the Sea Dragon.

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He took his dogs for a walk along the Jurassic Coast and within minutes spotted an interesting rock in earth disturbed by a recent cliff fall.

It turned out to be an ammonite fossil that the 21-year-old later discovered was almost 200 million years old.

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Mr Faiers, named the UK's top young Architectural Stone Mason, was on a strip of Jurassic Coast beach between Seaton and Lyme Regis when he made the discovery.

He wasn't far from where Sir David filmed the recovery of the fossilised remains of a large Ichthyosaur, or Sea Dragon, which was broadcast on the BBC two weeks ago.

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Mr Faiers, from Uplyme, Devon, said...
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