Who we are and what we do…

Wight Coast Fossils was established in 2019 by island fossil hunters and university students Theo Vickers, Jack Wonfor and Megan Jacobs.

Our aim is to establish a professional and bespoke guided fossil hunting and educational experience, that allows people of all ages, interests and abilities to enjoy and discover not only the experience of fossil hunting on the Isle of Wight, but explore the amazing ancient story preserved in our island’s internationally unique geological heritage.

Theo Vickers (BSc. Hons)

Theo is a marine biologist and avid underwater wildlife photographer. He is a lifelong Isle of Wight fossil hunter.

Jack Wonfor

Jack is an undergraduate palaeontology student at the University of Portsmouth.

Megan Jacobs (BSc. Hons, MRes.)

Megan is a vertebrate palaeontologist, currently working towards her PhD on Late Jurassic Ichthyosaurs.

Theo Vickers

Theo is a marine biology graduate at the University Of Portsmouth and a qualified marine mammal surveyor and avid underwater wildlife photographer.

Born on the Island and collecting fossils from the age of 6, Theo has made several scientifically important and rare finds and is an experienced local fossil hunter and guide, with an in-depth knowledge of the Island’s geology and palaeontology. Theo’s main interests are the Island’s fossil mammals and ancient humans, and in 2017 he stumbled upon the tooth of a rare hornless rhinoceros on the Island’s northwest coast, one of only several specimens to ever be found in the UK.

When not searching the island’s beaches for the remains of prehistoric life, Theo is a marine biologist and underwater photographer. His underwater wildlife films and photography have been featured widely, including as part of the Secrets Of The Solent Project by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Megan Jacobs

Megan is a palaeontology graduate, holding a palaeontology degree and masters of research and is now working towards her PhD on Late Jurassic Ichthyosaurs.

Born on the Isle of Wight, Megan spent most of her childhood fossil collecting with her father, and over the last 18 years has amassed a huge collection and helped with excavating dinosaurs on the island’s south coast. Megan has made many important finds, such as a partial crocodilian and a possible Eotyrannus tooth. In recent years, Megan has undertaken fieldwork and research in Morocco, Texas, Germany, Wales and Dorset, and has published extensively on ichthyosaurs, theropods and pterosaurs, including several new genera and species. Most recently the new ichthyosaur, Thalassodraco etchesi from the Etches Collection, Dorset. She is an experienced fossil guide on the island’s beaches providing guided walks for over 6 years.

Jack Wonfor

Jack is an undergraduate palaeontology student at the University of Portsmouth.

Born on the island, Jack is a lifelong fossil collector with a keen interest in our abundant Cretaceous ammonites and other marine molluscs. From a young age, Jack has accumulated a vast collection of museum quality specimens. In 2020, Jack discovered a titanic Tropaeum bowerbanki ammonite from Whale Chine, possibly one of the largest specimens ever found.

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