Lyme Regis Museum
Perfectly placed in the town she once grew up, this manuscript belonged to one of the greatest fossil collectors the world ever knew Mary Anning. This was her Commonplace book in which she invited friends to write short pieces for her, hence it is in many different hands.
Also on display in the Museums geology gallery is a 140 million year old crocodile (Goniopholis kiplingi) skull discovered in 2007 near Swanage on the Jurassic Coast. This creature lived in warm freshwater lagoons in Purbeck waiting to ambush unsuspecting prey. Natural History Museum founder Sir Richard Owen first described the genus Goniopholis in 1841. This Purbeck crocodile has been found to be a new species and was given the name kiplingi is an homage to British author and nature enthusiast Rudyard Kipling (1865 to 1936), whose crocodile characters feature in stories such as The Jungle Book and The Elephant’s Child.