A man has discovered the footprint of a dinosaur imprinted within a stone in Folkestone this week.
Chris Baker discovered the stone at Copt Point last Saturday, and the footprint has been confirmed to belong to a prehistoric creature.
“I am purely a hobbyist. I’ve never had any learning on the subject, and hunt for fossils for a few weekends every month, if I can.” Chris stated.
This isn’t his first discovery, either. Copt Point seems to be teeming with ancient fossils and rare minerals.
“Finds in Folkestone are constant. You can go from common items like ammonites, all the way to rarer finds like fish, crabs and lobsters… but I always come away with fossils when I hunt”, Chris said.
“This is my second big find in around the two or three years I have hunted in the location. My other big find was a super rare Alloma Rhodani, a fossilised sea urchin, still complete with its spines.”
Chris has already gotten into contact with an expert to identify the imprint, as well as the other minerals and fossils he discovers. Phil Hadland, the ex-curator of the Folkestone Museum, believes the imprint to belong to an iguanodontidae-type dinosaur.
Iguanodontidae were a family of large herbivorous dinosaurs originating from the Cretaceous period that lasted from about 145 to 66 million years ago. These dinosaurs were considered unique due to their legs; Not only were they able to move around on all fours, but they could also move around on two legs, classing them both as a biped and a quadruped.
As for what Chris wishes to do with his discoveries, he has already decided:
“Phil has told me to get in touch with Folkestone Museum to donate it. And I am currently waiting to hear back from the current curator.
“I am slowly learning different type of fossils and the scientific names. I just find fossil hunting enjoyable.”