Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Girl, 6, found 160 million year old fossil

... with a beach spade 

One in 160 million ... Emily Baldry with her huge fossil

A GIRL of six got more than she bargained for when she went digging with a plastic spade and found a 160million year old fossil.

(The Sun) Lucky Emily Baldry unearthed the massive Rieneckia odysseus fossil during her first archaeological dig last year.

And now after months of restoration she has donated it to a museum to be enjoyed by the public.

She pulled the 130lb specimen — which has a diameter of 40cm — out of the ground in March last year when she was just FIVE.

Stunned dad Jon Baldry couldn't believe his eyes when Emily's seaside spade hit the fossil at Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire.

It has since undergone a year's worth of careful restoration and now boasts fearsome 2cm spikes...

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