Martin I. Simpson

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This article is about the 20th/21st century paleontologist. For the 19th century geologist, see Martin Simpson (geologist).

Martin I. Simpson is a British palaeontologist, a geologist best known for his work in the Whitby area. He lives on the Isle of Wight and runs Island Gems at Isle of Wight pearl. Though perhaps best known for his appearances in the British news media, he is also an established expert on Cretaceous fossil crustaceans and has produced important papers on the Cretaceous Lower Greensand Group. His proposal that the five units of the Atherfield Clay Formation be formally recognised as local members [1] has been widely adopted. He has produced a popular book on fossil hunting, titled Fossil Hunting on Dinosaur Island, and was heavily involved in the excavation of a significant specimen of the ankylosaur Polacanthus.[2]

He has also written about the trade in fossils and on the relationship between academic palaeontologists and amateur dealers and collectors. In the BBC TV series Life from Dinosaur Island Simpson was associated with the discovery of Isle of Wight amber.


  1. ^ Simpson, M. I. (1985). "The stratigraphy of the Atherfield Clay Formation (Lower Aptian, Lower Cretaceous) at the type and other localities in southern England". Proceedings of the Geologists' Association. 57: 239–250. 
  2. ^ John Windsor (1994-10-02). "Article on Polacanthus discovery". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 


  • Simpson, Michael (1993). Fossil Hunting on Dinosaur Island. Martin Simpson (Whitwell). ISBN 978-0-9522118-0-8.  pp. 48.