Fos­sil hunters find signs of life in shop­ping cen­tre

An­cient traces of crea­tures found un­der the feet of young­sters

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN­CIENT fos­sils were un­cov­ered in Uxbridge this week, as intu Uxbridge cel­e­brated Na­tional Fos­sil Day by re­veal­ing the his­tory of their stone tile floor.

Young shop­pers went on a fos­sil hunt­ing ad­ven­ture around the shop­ping cen­tre on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 12 with intu Uxbridge’s very own ar­chae­ol­o­gist char­ac­ter Frankie Fos­sil. Chil­dren toured the shop­ping cen­tre to dis­cover more, un­cov­er­ing the his­tory of intu Uxbridge’s stone tiles which orig­i­nally be­longed to an an­cient sea floor over 180 mil­lion years ago.

Frankie Fos­sil hosted the fun fos­sil find­ing ses­sions on Na­tional Fos­sil Day af­ter school, where vis­i­tors picked up their mis­sion kit, learnt about the his­tory of fos­sils and what to look for in-cen­tre, went hunt­ing around intu Uxbridge and then took home a cer­tifi­cate for their hard work.

There are two types of fos­sils at intu Uxbridge can be found across the lower ground floor. Body fos­sils are the eas­i­est to spot, with mark­ings that look like the body or the shell of a crea­ture. Trace fos­sils look like foot­prints, show­ing where crea­tures have been.

“The team here at intu Uxbridge have been so ex­cited to re­veal our his­toric floor tiles, and what bet­ter day to do it on Na­tional Fos­sil Day,” said Natasha House, mar­ket­ing man­ager at intu Uxbridge. “Shop­pers of all ages en­joyed our fun fos­sil find­ing & facts, and we en­cour­age all our vis­i­tors to keep an eye out to see if they spot any fos­sils when they next visit.

“A big thank you to Har­row & Hilling­don Ge­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety and Sheppy Shep­herd for their help.”

You can share your fos­sil finds with intu Uxbridge via Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram. For more in­for­ma­tion on the fos­sils at intu Uxbridge, and up­com­ing events in-cen­tre, visit

ON THE MARCH: Fos­sil hunters on the look­out for ev­i­dence of an­cient life in intu Uxbridge.

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