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Monday, 4 April 2011

Fossil ink

In 2009 Tracy Chevalier published her novel Remarkable Creatures about Lyme Regis's famous fossil-hunter Mary Anning and her friendship with Elizabeth Philpot. At the Museum's 2009 Mary Anning Day, following a reading from Remarkable Creatures, Tracy signed copies of the book using genuine Jurassic ink that was almost 200 million years old! The ink, extracted from the plentiful squid fossils found in the local rocks, was recovered and prepared by Museum Geologist Paddy Howe. A sample signed book is shown below.

1 comment:

Rikey said...

And I can't even leave the lid off my pen for a day without the ink being unusable!