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  1. Hi everyone, I am a science teacher, and one of my bright young students Joshua is very interested in finding fossils. Last week he found this fossilised bone in Halstock, Dorset. We have no idea what it is and would like your help! The bone was at the side of a stream, where he has found lots of shell fossils previously. It looks like some sort of femur, and is hollow. It has a small hole just above the inside of the joint. We have attached some photographs, and can take more as required. Any help you can give us would be
  2. Ludwigia

    Emileia

    This Emileia contrahens ammonite is one of my all-time favorites from the fauna out of the Early Bajocian. It was found in the Laeviuscula zone in the region around Sherborne, Dorset, GB. I recieved it unprepped along with some other raw material from a befriended British paleontologist who gave me the samples in exchange for some prep work which I was doing for him at the time. I figured I'd turn this into my next sketching project. The small ammo on the matrix at the bottom is an Euhoploceras modestum. And here's the original photo for comparison.
  3. Ludwigia

    Shirbuirnia

    This time around I chose another of my favorite Ammonites from Dorset for the model. It's a Shirbuirnia trigonalis from the Early Bajocian laeviuscula zone from Sherborne, Dorset. This took a while trying to get all the sutures right.
  4. Ludwigia

    Shirbuirnia trigonalis

    From the album: Sketches

    The original is from the laeviuscula zone, trigonalis subzone of the Middle Jurassic Early Bajocian at Sherborne, Dorser, GB.
  5. Hello all! My name is Rafa and this is the first time writing in the forum. Instead of posting in the introduction section, I figure it was more entertaining to do it by my first field trip report and finds, in this case to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. I am sure nothing new to the members of the group as it is a mega famous place, but I had the most amazing weekend taking my first steps into this amazing world and would like to share! About me, I am a Uruguayan living in Munich, Germany since 6-7 years, and with some family in the UK. I am a total beginner
  6. Ludwigia

    Emileia contrahens

    From the album: Sketches

    This Emileia contrahens ammonite is one of my all-time favorites from the fauna out of the Early Bajocian. It was found in the Laeviuscula zone in the region around Sherborne, Dorset, GB. I recieved it unprepped along with some other raw material from a befriended British paleontologist who gave me the samples in exchange for some prep work which I was doing for him at the time. The small ammo on the matrix at the bottom is an Euhoploceras modestum.
  7. fossilhuntr1

    Unidentified England Ammonite

    It is from Dorset, England
  8. Hi all, A couple of years ago I acquired a lovely pair of plesiosaur propodial bones from Lyme Regis. It was a matched pair of both humerus and femur. Today, when I was looking to make space in my cabinet for a new acquisition I had made, I discovered some odd dust next to the humerus that, on inspection and to my horror turned out to be pyrite bloom! I immediately removed the specimen from the cabinet, checked the other podial and nearby fossils, and used a tooth brush to brush of the most direct traces of pyrite decay. But the question is: what now? How do I ensure the propodial's prese
  9. This fossil is in my collection for a while now. It is a quite heavy propodial found in Weymouth, Dorset, UK. It measures about 27cm in length. It's 12cm wide at the end, 6cm wide at the start. The centre part is 5 to 6 cm thick. I suppose it is Pliosaur (Stretosaur?), but it might be Plesiosaur instead? Thanx for opinions!
  10. Crocodile fossils found in Portsmouth seawalls by University of Portsmouth, PhyOrg, Decmeber 15, 2021 A paper about Durlston Bay Westhead, R.K. and Mather, A.E., 1996. An updated lithostratigraphy for the Purbeck Limestone Group in the Dorset type-area. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 107(2), pp.117-128. Yours, Paul H.
  11. Hi, I got an ammonite fossil from my friend but we can't tell which genus it is. Could anyone help to identify its genus? Thanks Ken
  12. Rachael85

    Trilobite?

    My dad found this on the beach. It is just an outline but felt it was too symmetrical to be a coincidence. We are thinking some sort of trilobite?
  13. Hi everyone, I purchased this Lyme Regis specimen a few weeks ago and have been working on it with a pin vice and Dremel (with the proper fossil/rock appropriate tips) and am fairly happy with my progress. I am quite new to prepping and this is the first multi block I have attempted. The rock is not terribly hard for the most part but can be a bit sticky. Yesterday, whilst trying to uncover an ammonite in the corner of the rock, I uncovered another ammonite, and then another, and then a bivalve. The three ammonites are all pretty much on top of each other and I don't k
  14. will stevenson

    Some ammonites :)

    Hi guys, I have two ammonites here which I can’t identify, I was wondering if anyone could help thanks 1. This ones from Burton bradstock, oolite, bajocian 2. These are from france, I don’t know the geological setting so a species ID is probably impossible, but if anyone knew a family I would still greatly appreciate it 3. this is toarcian, from Whitby, but it isn’t the typical dactylocerous commune, the ribbing is more fineand its thicker, I know it isn’t one but it looks almost like a nodioloceras, what do you think ?
  15. I’ve been trying to find out what ichthyosaurs are found in Dorset, from the Lyme Regis, but I’m having quite a bit of trouble. I’ve found sites that list the species of different types of animals found at certain locations, but I can’t find anything like that about “Dorset” or “Lyme Regis”. At the moment I’m interested in finding out out the ichthyosaurs, but in the past I’ve looked for the same thing about plesiosaur/pliosaur, and croc species, so that would be great if anyone had information about pretty much any species of reptiles found there. Thanks very much for any and everyone’s time
  16. Hello, I was wondering if this is an ammonite embedded in this bivalve?
  17. Barrett866

    Just a normal Ammonite?

    Evening everyone, new to the forum and completely new to anything fossil related. I've always had an interest in paleontology from a very young age. So a family trip to the Jurassic Coast for a week I had to scour the beach for something. I still have tomorrow to go, so any tips on what to look for would be great, I'm staying at Seatown for any locals with information. I came across 3 'possibly' interesting things, now I'm sure the first picture is something, however the 2nd and 3rd I'm sure are nothing, just a stone and who knows what else. So any inform
  18. tonyfox

    Does anyone know what this is?

    Hello I found this at my local beach in Dorset yesterday. I've told my 6-year old that it's a dinosaur bone but my wife is very doubtful. Does anyone have any ideas to back me up? Many thanks
  19. Hi everyone. Today, I found this on the beach east of Charmouth, Dorset, England whilst digging for iron pyrite ammonites. Curious to know what it might be. It’s shell-like and rippled. Looks quite fragile too, as many from the soft rocks along that stretch of beach tend to me. Any sensible thoughts welcome.
  20. I found these as a child in 1983 in Burton Bradstock,Dorset (UK). While there I happened to bump into a collector who quickly looked at them and wrote me a note on his quick guess at identifying them. Can someone take a look and let me know if his estimate was correct, any help identifying them is greatly appreciated. From the Great Oolite Series ~170Mya Ammonite, probably Dactylioceras commune Ammonite, probably Parkinsonia parkinsoni - Bivalves - The ridged, triangular one possibly belongs to the Cardia group, perh
  21. BentonlWalters

    Watton Cliff Microfossil ID?

    In October 2020 I went to Watton Cliff for my first foray into microfossil hunting. I have since dissolved some of the matrix I collected in 20% acetic acid and one of the things I found, amongst all of the crinoid pieces is this. I'm not sure what it is but I'm guessing it's part of a fish. Are the rings visible on the reverse side annual growth rings? The sample I collected from Watton Cliff is from a loose sandy layer within the Forest Marble and is Bathonian in age. Thanks for giving it a look, as I sort and take more pictures I may post more of what I've found. Ther
  22. Jamie Kenton

    Intrigued

    I have come across a fossil and i’m curious to know a bit more about it with the help from you guys! Many thanks
  23. Hello, Any thoughts on this, please? It looks like footcasts I've seen for sale before, but a second opinion--just in case--would be great. Partial footcast, I believe, showing the three toes. But if someone can tell if it is, and not just a foot shaped rock. It was found in Dorset from excavations along with a couple of others and was in a private museum for years. Which, if it was in a museum, makes me hopeful it's legit. Seller doesn't have a more narrowed-down location than Dorset, unfortunately. But looking online, prints and casts have been found there. Selle
  24. New 'sea dragon' species discovered by amateur fossil hunter off English coast By Jack Guy, CNN, December 10, 2020 The open access paper is: Jacobs, M.L. and Martill, D.M., 2020. A new ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaur from the Upper Jurassic (Early Tithonian) Kimmeridge Clay of Dorset, UK, with implications for Late Jurassic ichthyosaur diversity. Plos one, 15(12), p.e0241700. Yours, Paul H.
  25. Scelidosaurus: ready for its closeup at last The first complete dinosaur skeleton ever identified has finally been studied in detail and found its place in the dinosaur family tree, completing a project that began more than 150 years ago. University of Cambridge One of four newly published papers listed in the above article: Norman, D.B., 2020. Scelidosaurus harrisonii (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Early Jurassic of Dorset, England: biology and phylogenetic relationships. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Y
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