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  1. English Hyena Diagram

    From the album Fossil Diagrams

  2. Hi all, I just acquired this interesting specimen that was identified by the seller as Helicodromites mobilis. However, when trying to verify this, the images and description I've been able to find really don't seem to match. The whorls on this are flat and attached to the core. To me, it looks more like a cast of a shark egg case. Are any of you familiar with H. mobilis? Thoughts? Thanks for taking a look!
  3. Any Ideas

    Hi I have a tiny collection of things I find on the beach and came across this. Was wondering if it is a fossil? And if so what is it? The same pattern is on the other side as well.
  4. From the album Coprolites

    This is a brief video showing inclusion contained with in a Jurassic marine coprolite thanks to the magic of X-ray computed tomography (aka Micro CT Scan). The coprolite is from the Oxford Clay Formation, Orton Pit, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. Imagery was provided by the University of Minnesota X-ray Computed Tomography Lab.
  5. Coprolite with cephalopod inclusions

    This coprolite is from a marine creature that swam in the Jurassic seas that once covered this parts of England. The dark inclusions that can be seen on the surface are cephalopod hooks. In April 2016, the University of Minnesota X-ray Computed Tomography Lab scanned the specimen using a X5000 high resolution microCT system with a twin head 225 kV x-ray source and a Dexela area detector (3073 x 3889 pixels). Many of the images shown here are of individual 3D elements/features within the coprolite that were separated/isolated using Blob3D. The taxonomic classification given is for the inclusions, not the coprolite. Aside from the hooks, it is hard to definitively identify the inclusions without damage to the coprolite. The following is a list of inclusions: 241 hooks of various sizes that are at least 75% intact. 200+ plate-like fragments of various sizes. 19 ellipsoidal structures, possibly forams or parasite eggs. 2 unidentified long, straight conical structures joined at wide end (A) 1 long rod-like structure with a bulbous end (B) 1 unidentified mass that looks like it was the attachment point for 5 rod-like structures (C) 1 1ong cylindrical (rod) structure that tapers in the center. The center density is much lower than the outer shell (D) 1 irregular structure that looks I originally thought might be an ink sack or buccal mass, but the size is wrong. Experta think it is more likely foraminifera (E) 1 irregular structure, possibly a statolith (F) Acknowledgements: Thank you to Neale Monks and Christian Klug for providing input.
  6. Jurassic university,United Kingdom

    Some of you might collect there. MARHUD
  7. Is this actually a fossil ?

    Whilst searching for Shark teeth at Herne Bay in England, my daughter found a pebble with what looked like one of her simple drawings of a fish. I suspected that it was nothing more than just a shape in a pebble but said to her that I would check. Also looked like there was a similar shape much smaller on the back. I'd just like to know if it is or isn't a fossil to let her know. Many thanks for your time in advance. Chris
  8. Beach find, paddle bone ?

    Hi, found this on the Yorkshire jurrasic coast, not sure if bone but looks interesting, looks a bit like a possible paddle bone but not sure, any ideas ? Thanks.
  9. Fossil ID

    Hi there I'm totally new to fossil hunting. I went on my first fossil hunt and found these. They were found on the Northumberland coast in England. The beach was mainly composed of granite and limestone and some shale. Does anybody have any ideas? I was thinking crinoid and coral. Thank you!
  10. Lyme Regis - June '16

    This summer we took a rare vacation away from the kids, and headed across the pond to England. While the focus of the trip was on mudlarking on the Thames (finding everything from a Roman pottery fragment, 100-year old coins, a hammered silver coin, tons of pottery shards from the 1400s, clay pipes from the 17th-19th centuries, Tudor pins & nails, etc.) and on walking across the country on Hadrian's Wall Path, we decided to take a day out of the journey to do a little fossil hunting - a first for us. We decided to visit Lyme Regis, on the southern coast of England, where Mary Anning once searched for fossils in the early 1800s. We rented a car in Salisbury, and drove down to Lyme Regis, a two-hour drive away. This was the most challenging part of the trip, as we had never driven purposefully on the wrong side of the road. But it turned out the skinny roads were more daunting than the change of driving habits. We felt constantly pressed in on the left side by the encroaching hedges or ancient stone walls. Needless to say, we made it there alive. We had booked a walk through the Lyme Regis Museum (at £11 each), and we found the museum (still closed, in the early morning) after a short walk from the parking lot. It was a chilly morning, so we wore layers, and brought a backpack and our hiking shoes so that we'd be prepared for any uneven terrain. While we waited for the group to gather (~15 or so), we admired the view. The English Channel was calm and flat. The guides then walked us down to the end of the sea wall walkway, and gathered us all around for a 30-minute instructional talk. They discussed the types of fossils that we could find, how stratigraphy works, the dangers of the eroding cliffs, the ancient flora and fauna of the region, etc. They said that the fossil-finding would be a bit rough today, as the beach is best after a nice storm or two (or in the winter time). We had just gotten through a lengthy spell of amazing weather, which meant that there most likely wouldn't be any amazing fossils. We then walked down a short stairway onto the beach.
  11. Bone ID

    Any thoughts on this bone? What part of the animal is it from and what animal? I found it years ago in England at Walton on the Naze. It is as found, no polishing by me, just nature. Thanks for the help.
  12. Molar Tooth Washed Ashore

    This large molar was found by a friend of mine, on a beach on the south east coast of Aldeburgh, England. It's slightly over an 1.5" tall, and the top is roughly 0.75" square. Any ideas what its from? Any ideas about how old it might be? Is it even a fossil, or is it too modern?
  13. Large Ammonite pieces?

    Hi found these large pieces of what look like ammonites, could this be ID'd please, did find a whole one around 1ft in diameter but no detail on it, had obvious shape and heavy to haul up the cliffs. Shame.
  14. Lobster from Lyme Regis?

    Hello everyone! First of all, I would like to say that I am new to the website, so if I am doing something wrong, please notify me! Second, I would like your help identifying this fossil lobster I found at Lyme Regis (Dorset Coast, England) 4 years ago. I am pretty sure it's a lobster, as a local paleontologist (Paddy Howe) said it definitely that; but he said he had no clue to what species it was. Here is some basic info about the fossil: Age: 200 myo, Sinemurian stage of the early Jurassic Size: from left to right, around 4cm Important: the head and the tail are missing! As there is no head nor tail, I would understand it is difficult to determine which species it is, but I would still be happy if you give me an opinion. Warm regards, Max
  15. Found this fossil (vertebra) ?

    Found this on the English north east coast, any idea what it could be? Looks like vertebra to me, cheers.
  16. Tmetoceras scissum (Benecke 1865)

    Another ammonite species which gives its name both to the lithographical unit and the biostratigraphical zone. This zone is practically nonexistent in southern Germany, but interestingly enough, can be found both in Great Britain and France. For this reason I was pleased to recieve this specimen on a trade. Lithography: Scissum Beds Literature: Whicher, Sole & Chandler (2014): The Gastropod and Ammonite Fauna of two anomalous Facies in the Inferior Oolite of Burton Cliff, South Dorset. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society. Vol. 135
  17. Ammonite

    A small Ammonite.
  18. Horses tooth? Or something else

    Found this tooth on a beach in Dorset, UK many years ago but just re-found it again... Was wondering what it could be, a horse possibly? Would love to know more
  19. New Species Of British Ichthyosaur

    A new ichthyosaur known as Wahlisaurus has been identified from a museum specimen found in an English quarry more than 60 years ago. This is the first known Early Jurassic ichthyosaur known from England since 1986. Original paper: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14772019.2016.1183149 Simplified: http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/wahlisaurus-massarae-new-species-dolphin-like-reptile-03947.html
  20. Hi All, I have a new coprolite from the Black Ven area near Lyme Regis. It has what looks like undigested cephalopod beak inclusions. Can anyone out there confirm this for me? On the back side, it looks like a section through a belemnite cone, but I'm not seeing any hooks. There is also another inclusion that I can't quite figure out.
  21. Hi all, I recently received this coprolite from the Isle of Sheppey (London Clay), England. From what I have read, the fossils found in the area generally consist of fish, birds and other marine fossils. This coprolite has some strange textures that lead me to think it could possibly be a regurgitite rather than a coprolite. The bones don't look fishy to me, There is one vertebra visible and some other bones that may be recognizable to some of you out there. I'm also interested to see if any of you think it could be regurgitite. When I first looked at it under the microscope the texture of portions of it reminded me of impressions that might be left by regurgitated feathers. Your thoughts on that and inclusion ids would be greatly appreciated. Vertebra
  22. Marine Reptile Fossil Hunting

    Hello, I am trying to find a site on the south coast of England that has a high frequency of marine reptile fossils - I have visited Charmouth a number of times and only found a badly weathered caudal vertebra, does anyone have any knowledge at other sites? Thank you
  23. UK: Plant ID please

    Hello Please could you tell me the name of the plant these leaves come from? This specimen is in sandstone; the rock colour is actually buff/sand and not greyish like the image, due to my camera being faulty. Female thumb is in frame for size indication. Collected on Northumberland coast (England). I'm a bit confused as I thought leafy plants weren't part of the Carboniferous and that only forms of giant horsetails existed - there is plenty of fossil evidence for these on the coast where I found this leafy specimen. Could it be that these leaves are some kind of fern, like a Maidenhair type? Would you say that leafy specimens are quite rare for the Northumberland coast (UK) as I've never seen/found one before? Also, why is the most plant-rich rock on the coast green? Is it because this is actually compressed, swampy, green silt, like the bottom of a pond, rather than being mineral grains? This is what it seems to be to my mind and I was wondering whether this was correct. The green rock layer always contains substantial root pieces and many rootlets, plus some branches, and often the rock itself resembles a folded vegetative mass. Thanks.
  24. Touring The Jurassic Coast

    I will be flyin in to Dublin in mid June. I'm meeting my son there. We will be traveling in Ireland before going across to Bristol. From there I intend to see the Jurassic Coast before working our way up to London. Our itinerary is deliberately loosely organised. If there are any fossil hunters in Ireland or South of England who would like to meet up or offer me advice, I would be happy to hear from you.