I just received these photos from The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, located in Kimmeridge, Dorset, in the United Kingdom. As its name implies, the museum specializes in Jurassic marine life, especially ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and my personal favorite: pliosaurs. That said, when I found out that Dr. Steve Etches, founder and director of the museum, enjoyed the cover art poster from my novel Kronos Rising enough to frame it and have it hanging in the museum’s admissions area, I was thrilled.
If you’re ever in the Dorset area, be sure to take the time to visit the museum, it is an eye-opening experience. Over a period of 35+ years, Dr. Steve Etches personally discovered over 2,500 rare fossils. His specimens form the core of the museum’s always-changing and unique displays. Want to see what a 2-meter Pliosaur jaw looks like? Here’s your chance. A life-sized Pliosaurus macromerus head mount? They’ve got that too. And if traveling to the UK is not an option, you can certainly visit their site. There’s a virtual tour, an online museum shop, and even an “Adopt-a-Fossil” option (makes a great gift for any budding paleontologist or “Jurassic World” fan). Check them out at: https://www.theetchescollection.org/
Trust me, it’s worth a look.