Geology

The Geology gallery shows life in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from the Cretaceous to the Paleogene a time period spanning over 130 million years.

Dinosaurs, including the Iguanodon, date to the early Cretaceous Period and remains can be found on the Isle of Wight. The same rocks can be found in Hampshire, but they are deep below the surface.

Portsmouth’s earliest rocks (84 – 90 million years old) can be found at Portsdown Hill, where the chalk ridge has been pushed up to the surface through younger rocks.

Most of Portsmouth’s fossils date to the Paleogene Period, about 45 – 35 million years ago and show that the area was covered in a warm shallow sea.

Other highlights in the gallery include an introduction to the Solar System, fossils and rocks from other parts of the UK, replicas of marine reptiles and a hands-on ammonite,

Fossils from the Pleistocene (Ice Age) have been found in local gravels and there is a Woolly Mammoth molar in the A-Z of Natural History gallery dating to over 20,000 years ago.