Prehistoric crowd-puller in March

Fossils Galore Ava Barker-Chowdhury ANL-151204-175210009
Fossils Galore Ava Barker-Chowdhury ANL-151204-175210009

TV star Nigel Marven was in March on Saturday – and was up-staged by a 250,000-year-old wooly rhino skull!

The wildlife TV presenter, producer and author – who presented the Prehistoric Park TV series – visited the town’s Fossils Galore to unveil the skull to the public and launch a new educational cinema with surround-sound at the High Street venue that features his DVDs.

Fossils Galore'Bryony Oakey and Gary Tustin ANL-151204-175220009

Fossils Galore'Bryony Oakey and Gary Tustin ANL-151204-175220009

But the skull proved the big attraction – with hundreds of people queuing throughout the day to get a glimpse of what is now the star exhibit.

Jamie Jordan, owner and founder who launched Fossils Galore three years ago, said: “Nigel is our patron and came down to unveil the skull and launch the cinema.

“The skull really is a star attraction at the moment. Everyone wants to see it.

“We had over 500 people visiting on Saturday and there were queues all day.”

Fossils Galore'left to right Ruby Ashton, Amber Ashton, Bryony Oakey and Gary Tustin ANL-151204-175231009

Fossils Galore'left to right Ruby Ashton, Amber Ashton, Bryony Oakey and Gary Tustin ANL-151204-175231009

The skull was unearthed in a field near March and Jamie revealed: “It’s the skull of a young male wooly rhino.

“We believe it’s 250,000 years old and it possibly died after a fight with another male.It has taken 200 man hours to preserve it and cost just over £5,000.”

Fossils Galore is an educational activity centre that ploughs all profits back into the venture to educate people on what lies beneath our feet and help families to build up their own fossil collections.

It also works with local landowners to try to save as many fossil specimens as possible and visitors on Saturday were able to see an Ice Age display featuring fossils of wooly buffalo, wooly mammoth, cave bear and wooly hippo all found locally.

Fossils Galore Matt Hewitt ANL-151204-175241009

Fossils Galore Matt Hewitt ANL-151204-175241009

The special open day also featured a chance to handle reptiles with Kevin Dennis, of Fangtasia of Wisbech, face painting and glitter tattoos with Gary Tustin of Bamboogie Family Entertainment, of March, plus fossil hunting, panning for gold, balloon modelling and a dinosaur fancy dress competition.

Fossils Galore Kevin Dennis with a leopard gecko ANL-151204-175252009

Fossils Galore Kevin Dennis with a leopard gecko ANL-151204-175252009

Fossils Galore Kevin Dennis with a leopard gecko ANL-151204-175303009

Fossils Galore Kevin Dennis with a leopard gecko ANL-151204-175303009

Fossils Galore Jamie Jordan with the new woolly rhino exhibit ANL-151204-175313009

Fossils Galore Jamie Jordan with the new woolly rhino exhibit ANL-151204-175313009

TV star Nigel Marven at Fossils Galore ANL-151204-175324009

TV star Nigel Marven at Fossils Galore ANL-151204-175324009