Insect fossil discovery at Museum of Somerset

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hundreds of insect fossils dating from the Jurassic period have been found at the Museum of Somerset after they were apparently forgotten for nearly 100 years.

Geologist Charles Moore excavated them in the 1800s but they were put in storage in 1915 and never recovered.

They were rediscovered at the museum in Taunton as part of a project to restore Moore's entire fossil collection.

The missing specimens were found by the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI).

It is believed Moore collected up to 1,000 insect specimens although researchers are still making their way through the collection to ascertain the exact number.

The BRLSI received £62,000 in funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to carry out a three-year research and restoration programme of Moore's collection.

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