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The Jurassic Coast
Because the rocks in the Jurassic Coast cliffs are sedimentary, they contain many fossils. The most famous of these fossils, are probably those that were found by Mary Anning, the famous Lyme Regis fossil hunter, in the early 19th century. The fossils that Mary Anning found include a complete Ichthyosaur skeleton that she found in 1811, a Plesiosaur that she found in 1821, and a Pterosaur that she found in 1828 (which incidentally was the first complete specimen of a Pterosaur, and the first specimen found outside Germany).
The "Jurassic Coast" has not however always known by this name. It only gained this title after a 1994 competition that was jointly held by Devon and Dorset councils. The name "Jurassic Coast" was the winner of that competition, presumably inspired by the recent (1993) success of the Steven Speilberg movie, Jurassic Park.
Additionally, since 2001, The Jurassic Coast has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was in fact only the second entirely natural World Heritage Site to be designated in the United Kingdom.
For more information about the The Jurassic Coast, please visit the official website:
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