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Re: A creature that lived here 250 million years ago.
Ferns are one of the oldest plants out there and as you say have changed little over millions of years. Washington Highway area was a sight of saltwater lagoon millions of years back, you could find small fossils near the road towards the wetlands trust. Wear Valley is good for trilobites especially around Ireshopeburn. The Churchyard at Stanhope has a large fossilised tree trunk that was found in a local quarry.
Heading towards Teesside a plentiful fossil was gryphea, an ancient mussel type mollusc known locally as devil's toenails. We used to fossil hunt with my boys when they were small and found some decent stuff both fossils and minerals. Kept them occupied for hours.
Recommended Local History websites.