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  1. its.just.alec

    Mazon Creek Research Help

    Hello, I am a local undergrad geology student working on a research project dealing with Mazon Creek's Braidwood and Essex Biota. As part of this research, I am required to collect specimens and data on both of these assemblages present. I have been informed that any access to the Fish and Wildlife areas in the Mazonia-Braidwood South Unit is prohibited due to the Illinois DNR's indefinite closure of all fish and wildlife areas, so I am taking this time to research and inquire about access to both assemblages for future reference. That being said, my questions are as follows: Are t
  2. JT26

    Young fossil hunter

    Hi, I have a 6 year old son who is obsessed with finding stuff on the beach. (In Essex) The other day he brought something over to me and I’m convinced he found a fossil of some kind. He now wants to know what it might be, and so do I! Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  3. Hi all, Harwich in Essex, U.K. is mostly famous for The Mayflower but it does have a small beach on which sharks teeth can be found. My wife and kids were lucky to find some but I was not so lucky. I did however find this. Could this possibly be an inclusion of a piece of coral in a flint nodule? If so is there any way to determine species and a possible age? Thanks in advance!
  4. Hi. Controversial or me being fooled again? Last year I was fooled by a rose thorn, so I have form lol Anyway, I was going to leave this on the beach this morning as it’s clearly something like a peach pit / stone so *must* be modern and *cant* be a fossil. I read the post from 2018 on a similar find in Yorkshire so I did some tests: It sinks in water It “tings” when you hit it with a spoon It does not burn when placed in the flame of a cooker burner I cannot make a mark with a needle However it does not seem as heavy as a natural stone of a similar size de
  5. Ludwigia

    Glycymeris glycymeris (Linnaeus 1758)

    From the album: Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    ø 4.5cm. Pliocene. Found at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, UK.
  6. Thomas.Dodson

    Pit 11 Poychaete Identification Help

    Hi all, this is one of the polychaete worms from the batch of Pit 11 concretions I'm working on. From what I can see of the conical jaws it most closely resembles Didontogaster corydylina but the jaws blend a bit together and aren't as distinct as some other specimens I've found. The body profile seems a little off (no swollen front section for one) so I wanted to ask for second opinions. Am I getting too hung up on the profile of a body that could just be more outstretched? I appreciate everyone's thoughts.
  7. Hello, I've just been given a megalodon tooth by a fisherman from Essex. He tells me that he found it on his local beach (Harwich) and because he isn't really interested in fossils, it was gathering dust in his shed and he was happy to give it to me. British megs of this quality are basically unheard of... My question is, is it possible that this is a British meg? I have no reason to think he was lying, but if that's the case, this tooth is unbelievable for the location! Cheers!
  8. I’m in the ‘it’s just a rock’ camp but that 1% of me is saying well it looks weird to be just a rock. What do you guys think? It’s flinty / cherty and what I would expect a beach pebble to weigh. It was found at Walton on the Naze in Essex U.K. which is famous for sharks teeth, fossilised wood and the occasional bird bone. Just a rock, right?
  9. Hi. i have found hundreds of sand shark teeth, several Mackerel Shark teeth and one Meg contender From this site but this very worn tooth does not seem to be similar enough to match my existing specimens. Can anyone help? it was found among the shingle to the north of the Naze towards Stone Point on the beach at Walton on the Naze, Essex, UK Apologies for the poor scale for non U.K. residents. The coin is approximately 2.3cm. The tooth Is fairly worn, thin and flat. Thanks in advance and if it’s too worn for an ID, no worries. It’s just nice to find s
  10. Went to Walton-on-the-Naze on the Essex coast about a week ago with my boyfriend now that we’re allowed out again. We weren’t too successful, I think the unusually dry weather we’ve been having has meant little erosion and not much tide activity to bring fossils to the beach. However we (ok, my boyfriend) did find a nice Striatolamia tooth and two disarticulted bony fish vertebrae which unfortunately have a lot of pyrite matrix attached. These were from the London Clay, Eocene, ~53MYA. I picked up some nice Glycimeris bivalves and some other gastropods I can’t identify (any comments welcome) f
  11. will stevenson

    West mersea Pleistocene fossils

    Hi guys, these teeth are most likely Pleistocene due to the presence of glacial deposits at the top of this beach, the teeth are also heavily mineralised so although teeth found here could be modern, these should be fossilised 1.partial horse? 2.massive horse no idea to species 3.?
  12. There are 5 pectinoida (scallops) that can be found in the Mazon Creek deposit. Aside from Aviculopecten mazonensis, all are uncommon to rare. Dunbarella striata is commonly found in Pennsylvanian aged black shales but fairly rare in the Mazon Creek deposit. Like all Mazon scallops, they are only found in the Essex (marine) portion of the deposit. It has a relatively round shell compared to the much more common Aviculopecten. I actually collected this first specimen on March 1st 2020 (opening day for collecting). It just split open this evening and is the largest examp
  13. Archisymplectes is an enigmatic worm from the Essex portion of the Mazon Creek Deposit. It is always preserved as just a color difference within the concretion. Specimens are nondescript preserving a basic worm shaped body without segmentation or any other obvious structures. Some specimens preserve an everted proboscis. This proboscis is what led the original author to classify it as a Nemertean or ribbon worm. There are no clear Nemerteans known in the fossil record however there are possible candidates dating As far back as the Cambrian. Ribbon worms are fascin
  14. Chitons are the most primitive of all living mollusks. They belong to a class called Polyplacophora (bearer of many plates). There lineage extends as far back as the late Cambrian. There are over 430 described species in the fossil record. Almost all are only known from individual body plates or valves. The Mazon Creek deposit is one of the only sites in the world where complete examples have been collected. Modern chitons have changed little from Glaphurochiton concinnus. The basic chiton body plan consists of 8 valves made of Aragonite. The front plate is named the cep
  15. BenJ

    Fossil horse tooth

    Is this likely to be a fossil tooth from the age of the London Clay. Rather than a modern horse tooth? Found at Maylandsea beach. Many thanks for advice!
  16. Nicole99

    Help with ID please!!

    I found this today at Walton-on-the-Naze, UK. It’s pretty small and I’m really struggling with identifying it. Might be something cool but maybe not even a fossil? It was found on the beach and is likely from the London clay (Eocene - Ypresian stage). It’s really common to find plant matter in this, I came away with loads of fossilised wood. So I’m thinking possibly some sort of plant fossil? Maybe a seed or something? Was also thinking it might be a coprolite or something like that but it’s fairly uniform in shape. It’s a little damaged and shows what seems to be clay infilling.
  17. The Mazon Creek Deposit is known for many enigmatic creatures. Esconichthys is one of them. The animal has a tadpole shaped body with a usually well preserved pair of eyes. Some specimens preserve 2 pairs of long external gills. Muscle segments called myomeres are sometimes present on laterally preserved specimens. What makes it unusual is that it does not have paired fins. It was originally suggested that Esconichthys may be a larval lungfish or possibly an amphibian. Later studies have stated this is unlikely without offering an alternative placement. Du
  18. This next species is the second most common animal found in the Essex portion of the Mazon Creek deposit. While there are over a dozen described bivalves found in the Mazon Creek deposit, Mazonomya is by far the most abundant. It is restricted to the Essex (marine) portion of the deposit, where in some areas have been found to make as much as 70 percent of all bivalves collected. At one collecting site, these clams are so common the area has been nicknamed Chowder Flats. Despite the abundance of specimens, Mazonomya was not formally described until 2011. For years it h
  19. gen

    Jaw? bone from Essex UK

    Hello, I found this mystery bone along the Burnham on Crouch river in Essex, UK. Any idea what it could be? Eocene and Pleistocene deposits in the area. Thanks. Jay
  20. Hi all, This limb bone was found along the River Crouch in Essex, UK. Pleistocene and Eocene deposits in the area. Any ideas where it could have come from? Thanks. Jay
  21. Limpetforce

    First Ever Vert

    this is hardly worth posting in comparison to what other put up here but i was so happy to find this little one yesterday! I went on a little adventure on sheer impulse yesterday afternoon down to the Essex coast and found myself landing in Walton-On-The-Naze. Apart for the vert if found a fair amount of what i think is wood and crab fragments, not a 100% on the crab bits but i haven't got around to rummaging through my books to find out yet. Also come across a few odd bits that i have no clue as the what they are, s
  22. Hi everyone. I found this at high tide washed up on a beach in west mersea island, Essex recently. I know that this area and up towards Walton on the Naze is London clay and forms part of the red crag formation which dates back to the Pliocene period. The tide was pushing in from East to West at the time. I’m uncertain as to what animal (presuming herbivore) it is or if the tooth is complete. could anyone identify this for me please and if so is this a fossil from around Pliocene era or just part of a fresh carcass that’s ended up in the sea. There is no agricultural grazing w
  23. Hi. I found this on the beach equidistant between Clacton on Sea and Holland on Sea, Essex. There are ice age deposits as well as red crag finds. Many have been dredged from the sunken Dogger Land. Any idea what animal this may have come from and what limb end this is please?
  24. demetris

    Shark teeth Identification

    Are all of the teeth from the same species( striatolamia)? Or you can see some other shark species teeth? Found at walton on the naze UK
  25. demetris

    Is this a coprolite?

    Do you think this is a coprolite? i found it at walton on the naze (essex)
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