A WORCESTER schoolboy has discovered a rare fossil from the time of dinosaurs.

The plant fossil, which was found on a rock, is part of a Lycopod plant, common during the Triassic period, and is estimated to be about 250 million years old.

The find is particularly rare as the fossil has come from the overlap of two time periods, the Permian and Triassic. Plant fossils are not usually found in Triassic rock – and even less usually in Worcester.

The discovery was made by ten-year-old Luke Scarrott, of Claines, while on a family walk in Ombersley to his grandfather’s farm.

Luke decided to take the fossil to Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.

His mum Jane Scarrott said: “At first we didn’t know what it was as he’s always picking things up and investigating but we realised it might be something quite special. He’s a very inquisitive little boy and he can spot something of interest from a mile away.”

Philippa Tinsley, the museum’s senior curator, said: “We’re delighted to have this fossil among our exhibits. We were most excited by the find. It is unusual to find such items from the city itself.”

Garston Phillips, collection officer at the museum, said: “Luke’s find is extremely special to Worcester’s history. We are very grateful to Luke for donating this fossil to us. It is unique to our collection. I hope it has inspired Luke to continue his interest in natural history.”

The fossil is currently on display in the museum from Monday to Saturday at 10.30am until 4.30pm.