TV PRESENTER and palaeontologist Dean Lomax will take audiences on a journey back to the amazing British finds that sparked the original dinomania of the 1800s.

At a lecture in Abingdon School's Amey Theatre the fossil hunter will cover from the 'invention' of dinosaurs to the great granddad of T Rex, revealing British dinosaur and ichthyosaur discoveries, including recent identification of new species and some incredibly rare finds.

Dean Lomax is an internationally recognised multi-award-winning palaeontologist, science communicator and author.

He has travelled the globe and worked on many projects from excavating dinosaurs in the American West, to describing new species of extinct marine reptiles and winning the Set for Britain 2015 gold medal for excellence in science.

A visiting scientist at Manchester University since 2013, be is passionate about communicating palaeontology with the public in an accessible and fun way,

To do so, he regularly appears on television, including as series advisor and recurring on-screen expert presenter for ITV’s Dinosaur Britain.

He has also written two books; Dinosaurs of the British Isles and Fossils of the Whitby Coast, numerous scientific papers, and many popular articles.

He is the patron of the UK Association of Fossil Hunters.

The event will take place on December 13 from 7pm.

Tickets are £5 for adults and £4 for children with a discount for family tickets.

They are available via school's website.