6-year-old uncovered 160-million-year-old fossil

Published on September 15th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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A little girl in England was digging in the dirt with a plastic spade when she came across a 160-million-year-old ammonite fossil.

The fossilised sea creature has a spiral-patterned shell with inch-long bristles jutting from it to ward off predators – and which inspired Emily to nickname it ‘Spike’. It was encased in a block of mudstone when it was found, so Emily passed it on to geologist Neville Hollingworth for restoration.

She was reunited with it on Sunday at the Gateway Information Centre near Cirencester, where Spike is on display.

Emily, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, said: ‘It is so exciting to see him. I was very happy when I first saw him and now he looks very shiny.’

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Story: Claire Ellicott, Daily Mail | Photo: Daily Mail

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