WITH more than nine million pre-historic exhibits in his collection, it is no surprise that Jamie Jordan is known as The Fossil Kid.
WITH more than nine million pre-historic exhibits in his collection, it is no surprise that Jamie Jordan is known as The Fossil Kid.The 16-year-old fossil hunter spends every spare minute of his time scouring sites, from Flag Fen and the brick pits in Warboys, to ancient pine forests on the Isle of Wight.
And he believes that his staggering collection of time frozen onto rocks or wood could be the biggest in the world.
Fellow collectors from all over the globe have been amazed by his know-ledge, and lecturers at Portsmouth University have even invited him down to look at their department with a view to joining them in two years' time.
The Walton Community School pupil said: "I started when I was four-and-a-half after I found a bird footprint in sediment rock. I have been hooked ever since."
Jamie took the fossil to a museum and discovered it was a 120 million-year-old Cretaceous bird track.
Ever since that trip, Jamie has been searching for fossils and adding to his swelling collection.
His parents, Lorraine and Gary, and his sister, Leanne (21), are forever stumbling over rocks and stones that have been stored around their home in Canwell, Werrington, Peterborough, and Jamie has trouble even getting through the door to his bedroom.
Now the exhibits are even spilling out into the garden, which resembles a scene from dinosaur movie Jurassic Park.
And Jamie will soon be the proud owner of a phytosaur skeleton, which is being delivered to him in pieces and will be three times the size of a crocodile.
He said: "Some days I can't even get into my bed – they're everywhere.
Luckily we've got quite a big garden and lots of cupboards to keep them in."
Jamie has already made some significant finds on his hunts, and plans to carry on his work for the rest of his life.
His favourite fossil is a newly discovered shrimp species, which dates back to the Jurassic period, 160 million years ago.
He said: "I get pretty excited when I find a fossil. I spend all day on a site – up to 12 hours searching.
"I definitely want to be a Palaeontologist and work in Montana, in the USA – that's where they find all the Tyrannosaurus Rexs."
His fantastic collection already leaves other collectors green with envy, but Jamie says his ultimate dream would be to dig up an as yet undiscovered dinosaur.
Jamie has recorded all of his finds onto CDs, and has now got more than 20 of them filled with documentation.
Mum Lorraine said: "I'm amazed with him, I really am. He has so much knowledge – it's so nice that he has an interest.
"His bedroom is filled with fossils – I'm terrified that they will come through the ceiling."
Dr David Martill, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Portsmouth University, said: "We have invited Jamie to come and have a chat and see the department and facilities and also to see if he is making the right sort of choices of A-levels."