Dino Dean plans summer hunting French quarry for fossils

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DONCASTER dinosaur expert Dean Lomaz is heading for the South of France on his latest fossil expedition.

The 21-year-old former Balby Carr School pupil will be the chief excavator during the seven-week trip, which will see him looking for fossils in a quarry.

He will be looking for creatures from around 270 million years ago at the site during his spell there.

Dean is also the resident palaeontologist at Doncaster Museum.

He said: “It could bring some vital clues about some of the fossils in Doncaster Museum’s collection and tell us about the dinosaurs that were in the area during that era.”

When he has completed his work in France, he has other major digs to look forward to.

He is also planning to travel to China and America for further excavations during the summer, and intends to return to Doncaster in September.

He says the quarry in France is made of shale, which preserves fossils better than the sandstone with which he is more familiar in Doncaster.