In shop windows from Cliffe Corner up to by Gideon Mantell’s former house on the High Street there are eight pieces of iguanodon skeleton hiding in shop windows. Find the window and ask the shop to stamp the prize competition form. Enter the prize draw by taking the completed form to the Tourist Information Centre, Lewes High Street by 30 September. Clues will appear to help locate the more difficult to find pieces throughout the month. Look out for clues here and in the Tourist Office Fisher Street window. Happy Hunting! Or see below for answers … last chance to enter!
Clue Number Eight – Down at Cliffe Corner you will find bags full of tall tales! Many different books for children exist on dinosaurs at http://bags-of-books.co.uk/
Gideon Mantell as a child in the early 1800s went to school at Dr Button’s Academy opposite Cliffe Church and was a star pupil there.
The tail of the Iguanodon provided balance as it walked or ran but it also could act as a powerful weapon swiping aside anything attacking it from behind. So along with its thumb spike it could try and defend itself from predators.
Clue Number Seven – Like the shoe shop but isn’t. But it is in the vicinity. So could it be http://clarkesofsussex.co.uk/
The three-toed footprints of iguanodons have been found all over the world and in the past people may have thought they were made by dragons. For local sites you can look around Hastings http://www.discoveringfossils.co.uk/hastings_fossils.htm
Clue Number Six – Saddle up and ride off from here, let’s hope the saddle is big enough! The Bike Shop at 39a Friars Walk is opposite the site of the original Lewes Railway Station. Gideon Mantell used to visit Lewes by train and would alight here.
There were debates about whether the Iguanodon walked on four feet or two. The pelvis gives us clues of the angle that the hip bones joined the pelvis that it could run on two legs with powerful back leg muscles. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur#Distinguishing_anatomical_features for the detailed anatomy of dinosaurs.
Clue Number Five – Tickle his ribs… maybe just an ‘ickle bit more to find them! This shop is just up School Hill where Clothkits used to sit http://www.wickle.co.uk/
The finding and identifying of the iguanodon from small fragments like ribs or teeth is a story in itself but see here for more about the different types of Iguanodon. http://www.dinosaurisle.com/iguanodon.aspx
Clue Number Four – Sussex is where he was found but he wasn’t very interested in Stationary! Easy clue to find due to the dinosaur balloon in the window.
The iguanodon needed to be able to reach up to trees to find his food to eat hence his long neck. He was a herbovore. His bones have been found in Kent, Sussex and the Isle of Wight. See here for where to find and see bones in Sussex.
Clue Number Three – Si says “Sounds like he would give you a spikey handshake coming up from the Station!” Fittingly this clue can be found in Station Street that was known as St Mary’s Lane when Mantell was born and raised up in what is now number 23.
This claw can be seen in the Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/dino-directory/iguanodon.html. At first Mantell thought it was a spike on the end of the Iguanodon’s nose.
Clue Number Two – Down by the wishing well—Needlen’t be too difficult to find! Find the clue with Mr Birch now in the basement at the Needlemakers at http://www.skylarkshop.com/
This great gentle monster had muscle attachments to its jaw to show it was a plant eater. It had a bony beak instead of front teeth.
Clue Number One – These teeth are not as big as a Castle but close! Lewes Castle and the Barbican Museum are near to where Gideon Mantell lived at 166 High Street and is where he was living when he found the very first Iguanodon tooth.He named it Iguanodon as it reminded him of the tooth of an Iguana.
Original drawing here of first teeth found around 1822 that gave rise to the idea of a giant reptile. The library at the Barbican House Museum has some orginal Mantell documents that can be viewed by appointment https://sussexpast.co.uk/research/library .
See here for more information on the finding of the tooth. The tooth is now in New Zealand as Mantell’s son lived there and it was sent to him for safekeeping after he died in 1852 http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2009/11/04/tales-from-te-papa-iguanodon-tooth/