Police probe after fossils stolen

14 Jul 2014 8:21 AM | Anonymous

Police probe after fossils stolen

Scientists devastated as 16 rocks are cut out of world-renowned site       

Police have been called in after fossil-hunters stole rocks from a north coast nature reserve that once played a key role in the debate about how rocks are formed.

Portrush National Nature Reserve has become a place of pilgrimage for geologists from around the world, but now it will be difficult for visitors to locate the fossils that made it famous after 16 pieces of rock containing ammonites were cut from the ground

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said the fossils were of little commercial value, but 200 years ago were used to support the now-discounted Neptunist theory that igneous rocks – like those found at the Giant's Causeway – were formed in ancient oceans.