England’s East Sussex coast has been battered by lashing rain and icy winds, but the winter squall has unearthed an incredible relic along a stretch of Bexhill-on-Sea’s beach. In the wake of the storm, fossil enthusiast Jamie Hiscocks picks his way along the shore, following the thin light of his torch beam. Then, he spots an unusual object nestled amongst the rocks. At first glance, it resembles a mud-colored stone – but it turns out to be so much more.
In this pocket of southern England, it’s relatively common for storms to pummel against the region’s seaside towns. Sometimes, in fact, the weather can be so fierce that it wears away the beaches, exposing any secrets that lie beneath. And for fossil hunters, these gales are golden opportunities to discover relics from another time – and perhaps even make history in the paleontological world.