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  1. Lower Greensand Ammonite ID

    Hi, Whilst collecting yesterday along the coast between Bonchurch and Luccombe, I was searching around on some accessible parts of the cliff face and came across this very nice, nearly intact ammonite in a scree slope of clay like material (@Ludwigia you were right!). The cliff is divided up between the Sandrock Fm. and the Monk's Bay Sandstone Fm. which are the upper parts of the Lower Greensand group, dating to the Albian stage of the Cretaceous. As far as I can tell it's a likely a member of the Hoplitidae, which is a very common family in the Albian strata here, however considering the fairly nice and nearly whole condition of the specimen would it be possible to ID it further to a genus or even species level? The closest match I can find is Euhoplites bucklandi but even then there are some differences. I've attached images below showing the specimen and it's keel. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Theo
  2. Hi, Some of you may have seen my post yesterday about unexpectedly stumbling across some ammonites here in the Lower Cretaceous sandstones (Lower Greensand) on the SE Isle Of Wight, on a beach I would never have thought to look. Last night I headed back down there with the intention of properly collecting and testing how abundant this new site was. I was not disappointed. I scrambled along the rocks from Bonchurch and got down there around 7pm, (just a 10 minute walk from my house) and began to systematically scan the beach. Within about an hour I'd picked up more than 50 phragmocones and fragments of ammonites, some of which were a decent size. Phragmocones are by far the most common find, although why this is I'm not sure, possibly due to environmental energy breaking up the ammonites? As far as I can tell the ammonites are parts of nodules which are originating from a hard, glauconite rich bed at the base of the cliff meaning they seem to be from the upper most parts of the Sandrock fm. Some however also seem to come from the Monk's Bay Sandstone fm. (Carstone fm.) which overlays the Sandrock. These were laid down in a shallow sub-tropical shelf sea during the Albian stage (100-113mya), other formations of the Lower Greensand are estuarine/mud flats showing a cycle of sea level rise before the final marine incursion laid down in the Gault (which is also present here on top of the Lower Greensand). As far as species, most of the fragments seem to be members of the Hoplitidae, I've identified one as being Hoplites maritimus, although I think I'll post some up in the ID section as my ammonite knowledge isn't that great. There seems to be much larger ammonites present at the site too, as at the base of the cliff some large moulds could be seen (although the ammonites themselves were gone). There is also an abundance of large pieces of fossilised driftwood, which would likely have originated from land to NE. Needless to say it was a very productive trip (unfortunately the seal didn't return), and it's definitely rekindled my interest in the cretaceous strata here on the island and the fantastic finds it has to offer (I might even start pursuing the dinosaurs again!). If the weather holds I'll head back again this evening to continue investigating the site and the strata, I've also attached images of the finds below (including the larger moulds). The entire haul from the trip, lots of phragmocones An example of the phragmocones Some larger sections of ammonite, although I'm not sure on their ID's
  3. Hi, I haven't been able to get out to the north coast this weekend to collect as I would normally do, so unfortunately I've got no croc teeth and mammal bones to show. However last night whilst doing some landscape photography along the coast been Bonchurch and Luccombe on the south coast of the Island, I made some pretty nice finds and had a really lucky wildlife encounter! The local bedrock here at Bonchurch are the upper formations of Lower Greensand group, including the Sandrock and Monk's Bay Sandstone Fm. (named after the beach at Bonchurch). I've always presumed the Lower Greensand on this side of the Island is fairly unfossilferous, and being an addict for the tertiary beds up north I've never really taken the time to look so close to home. But last night whilst photographing the sunset in the rockpools, I thought I'd take a little look around, and was really surprised. I searched for about 15 minutes (light was fading) and picked up 5 ammonite phragmocone casts (sorry if that's wrong I haven't properly collected ammonites for years) and 3 fragments of ammonites, one of which I've tentatively ID'd as being Euhoplites. I was pretty pleased with this I've collected ammonites before from around Ventnor but never thought of looking for them here in Bonchurch. The best 'find' of the evening however was a little bit more alive and 'mammaly'. I was picking up the ammonite fragments when I heard a loud breathing sound coming from the water, having done marine mammal surveys and been up close and personal to loads of cetaceans in the wild, I thought it sounded almost identical to a cetacean, I looked up and found myself eye to eye with a Grey Seal instead. Seals, and especially Grey Seals, are not common on the Island so seeing one on our coasts was really lucky! I only had my wide angle lens so the photos are pretty (very) bad quality, but I'm planning on heading down there again this evening with my telephoto, to collect more ammonites, and see if he's still in the area. Overall not a bad trip aha! The ammonite finds, phragmocones and fragments. Euhoplites s.p? The Grey Seal, watching me suspiciously.
  4. Coprolite?

    Hello everyone, Today I was going through all my older fossils, and I found this in my box of ammonites. Obviously this isn't one, and I must have put it in that box by mistake. It looks a lot like a coprolite to me, but I have no clue from what animal. Unfortunately I don't remember anymore where I found it. There are two possibilities: either from Lyme Regis (UK), or from one of the Cretaceous beaches on the Isle of Wight. Any clue to what it could be, and maybe what location? Best regards, Max
  5. Hi, I thought I'd share some of my nicest finds from recent trips up to Hamstead in the past two or so weeks. The tides have changed now in the western solent so I wasn't able to get out for as long as I usually am able to this weekend, (only 10am - 1pm instead of 7am to 4pm) so I didn't manage to find as much as usual. However, we've had a lot of periods of wet and windy conditions followed by warm and dry weather, which has brought down some areas of the cliffs and really churned up the sediments and seabed bringing a fair amount of material (the other week I came back with nearly 1kg of finds!), so conditions are currently pretty good. Turtle remains, most from Emys and occasionally Trionyx are still massively dominant over any other type of material followed by fragments of crocodilian scutes and vertebrae, fish remains, and fragments of bones. Mammal and crocodilian mandibles have been occasionally popping up here and there though along with loose teeth. Below are some pictures of the highlights from the last 2 weeks of collecting (may be in more than one post). 1. A very large (for Hamstead at least), nearly intact crocodilian scute, likely Diplocynodon s.p
  6. Hi, A few weeks back I posted in the ID section about a fragment of mammal molar I had found whilst collecting at Hamstead. The Hamstead to Bouldnor coast is an Eocene/Oligocene locality and one the best sites in the UK for tertiary vertebrate remains from crocodiles, turtles, fish, and quite frequently mammals too, and was deposited in a paludal environment in the Hampshire Basin. I was aware it was a fragment of a rhinoceros tooth but couldn't be sure if it was from a more modern Pleistocene type like Stephanorhinus or a much more older rhinocerotid like Ronzotherium, an early hornless rhinoceros which is a a very rare part of the post Grande Coupre mammal fauna found in the Bouldnor Fm. Only 6 finds attributed to Ronzotherium have been discovered here since the late-19th century, the last record I can find is from 1999, all have been referred to the species romani. After the suggestions of some users on this forum and further research online I excitingly noticed some similarities to the molars of Ronzotherium. Straight away I contacted Dr Martin Munt, the curator at the Isle Of Wight's paleontological museum 'Dinosaur Isle' to bring the find to his attention in case it was from Ronzotherium. He passed the images on to colleagues at the Natural History Museum in London, who confirmed the molar as being from Ronzotherium. This was really exciting news to hear considering the rarity of material like this in the Bouldnor fm. The museum staff were really excited too and asked if it would be possible for me to bring the specimen in for them to borrow for a period and look at it in further detail. Suffice to say the molar is on it's way to the museum tomorrow afternoon to be dropped off and spend some time the laboratories there, and if needs be I'm more than happy to make a permanent donation to help learn more about the species and the UK's tertiary past. It's a really exciting find that I feel really lucky to have discovered, and definitely makes 6am starts and Saturday mornings scrambling through fallen trees and mudslides worth it! (I've attached a picture of the specimen below along with a reconstruction of the species, the proto and metaloph are present and so is an intact lingual valley, the enamel is also really well preserved)
  7. Hamstead Trip

    Hi, I thought I'd share some of my best finds from yesterday's trip to Hamstead. It was definitely one of the best trips I've had in terms of the sheer number and variety of fossils I picked up. Tide was going out slowly so had to spend a lot of time climbing over and through the fallen trees that litter the beach from the landslides, but it was definitely worth it. As usual fragments of Emys carapace were by far the most common find along with loads of worn pieces of crocodile scute and fish vertebrae. I also found quite a few of the nicer pieces that come out of the Bouldnor formation including a diplocynodon tooth, mammal teeth and bones (which seem to be quite common at the moment), 3 diplocynodon vertebrae, a large section of diplocynodon mandible, and the largest fragment of Trionychid carapace/plastron I've ever found! The coast is always very productive but the strong winds and rain we had here for much of last week seem to have exposed/brought in lots of new material. I'll attach images of the highlights from the trip below (will have to do it in multiple posts because of size limits). (Below) The best Emys fragments of the day, a large plastron piece, a neural plate, and a peripheral piece.
  8. Coprolite, Isle of Wight

    Hi there, researching on behalf of my son. We found this on a beach at the Isle of Wight and wondered if it is Coprolite? and if so, any ideas what dinosaur might have made it. It's not dissimilar in shape and size to sheep poo. Thanks for your help
  9. Isle of Wight Vertebra

    Hi guys I recently acquired a nice Vertebra from the Isle of Wight from someone I know. It was found in yarvaland and comes from the Wealden. It's Cretaceous in age. It was labelled as polacanthus but I'm unsure if it is and the price was quite cheap so I went ahead just wanted to check in case it's an Iguanadontid Vertebra instead so I can relabel. Many thanks for looking GK
  10. Hi, I was wondering if anyone would be able to help in identifying a few mammal teeth I've picked up at Hamstead during my last two trips there. There's four teeth in total (all found separately not in association with each other), the 3 larger teeth appeared to me to be 2 possible canines and an incisor. My initial ideas for ID of the larger teeth were Bothriodon as it is the most common mammal species from the Bouldnor Fm. and the incisor shows signs of being worn on the incisal edge suggesting it could be a herbivore? but I'm not sure. As for the smaller tooth I'm completely at a loss. It's considerably smaller than the other 3 and looks like a premolar but as for potential ID I'm stumped aha! I'll attach pictures below. I'd be really grateful for any help.
  11. Hi, I'm Theo I'm new to the forum (I'll properly introduce myself on the introductions pages) and I've been collecting from the Oligocene beds on the north east coast of the Isle Of Wight for some years now. Yesterday afternoon whist collecting on the coast at Hamstead I came across this bone on the foreshore. I can tell it's a calcaneus bone and my initial thought was a mammal but I'm not sure. (I also stumbled upon some quite nice Bothriodon? incisors). Any help in identifying the calcaneus would be much appreciated. Thanks, Theo
  12. Isle Of Wight UK Dinosaur Rib?

    Hello Was hoping someone could help with an ID on something recently found on the Isle of Wight. It was actually found by my brother, as I had gone back to the hotel for a nap! I assume it's got to be a rib? The area is early cretaceous. I can't remember exactly where he said it was found, but it was definitely from the Wessex formation. Grange chine- chilton chine area. Most dinosaur finds from here are Iguanodon. Would this be too big for crocodile? Thanks in advance for any help identifying. Henry
  13. Isle of Wight

    So recently I got to go back to the Isle of Wight for a few days and not be bound to an area of study. Since this was more of a break I choose different areas I hadn't been fortunate to visit yet. I found numerous finds of which a few I'm unsure about. If anyone could assist that would be great. All finds are from the Wealden Group this is a early Cretaceous era deposit. 1) This was from yaverland and pulled directly from the cliff face where only the small section was exposed. It is about 5cm long and 3 Cm wide at its widest. It appears to resemble the shape of bone and in some places a porous structure can be seen. It has a shiny metallic appearance and my first though was that it may not be a fossils but not entirely sure.
  14. Found this Ammonite in gault clay whilst walking my friends dog, It had been exposed when the sand had been washed away by a storm the previous night. It was well over a foot in diameter, Having my friends dog & no tools I left it and hoped to return the following day with my kit. However when I returned to the area the following morning the whole beach had been re-buried in several feet of sand and I could not locate it. I hope to get the chance again one day when the conditions are right.
  15. Rhynchonella parvirostris

    Rhynchonella parvirostris found on the beach in Shanklin Isle of Wight, just past Fishermans Cottage. It took me ages to identify them but glad I took the time as it seems they have only ever been found in two locations on the Isle of Wight. I have left one in matrix as I think it should look great with gentle polish. Taxon Name Rhynchonella parvirostris Taxonomy • Kingdom - Animalia • Phylum - Brachiopoda • Subphylum - Rhynchonelliformea • Class - Rhynchonellata • Order - Rhynchonellida • Family - Rhynchonellidae • Genus - Rhynchonella • Species Name - parvirostris Geospatial Information • Continent - Europe • Country - UK • State - England • District - Isle of Wight • Nearest Named Place - Little Atherfield & Shanklin (Mine) • Era - Mesozoic • Period - Cretaceous • Epoch - Early • Stage - Aptian-Albian • Geological group - Lower Greensand Group
  16. Coprolite?

    Hi. I wondered if anyone might know what this is likely to be? It was found on a beach on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Very dense, smells metalic but not magnetic. Approx three inches long. Wondering if it's a coprolite or just a lump of rock?! Thanks.
  17. Hello there. I'm a newbie fossil hunter and found this one I liked today by Shepherd's Chine on the Isle of Wight. I've no idea what it is (hope it is a fossil!). Might anyone be able to tell me? Thank you so much!
  18. Hypsilophodon caudal vertebra

    My favourite and rarest find from my latest long stay trip to the Isle of Wight (whilst working for a local museum). To the layman's eye this might look like just a "funny rock" but it's actually a Hypsilophodon (small Ornithopod dinosaur) caudal vertebra within matrix. Finding any "Hypsy" fossils are rare and most of the time they are only commonly found in the aptly named "Hypsilophodon bed" which is further along the cliff beds to where I picked this up at Grange chine. Sadly part of the vertebra is missing (hence the cross section) but if it had been complete it would have been almost impossible to find so double-edged sword. After discovering the fossil at precisely 6:43 pm ( on the 24th of August) I immediately took it to the museum where a few palaeontologists inspected it (at this point we were unsure of the ID). We all decided that it was worth taking out of the matrix...Luckily there is an expert fossil preparator on the island who has the correct tools, knowledge and experience to deal with fossils this size. (Most people were far too scared to attempt!) Once the fossil was taken out of the matrix we were able to confirm its ID as "Hypsy". I'm honestly so chuffed with this! I've found dinosaur teeth and very large bones in the past but nothing yet until now from a Hypsilophodon. * I apologise in advance that the photos are not the best! Once my DCLR camera is uploaded I'll have better photos.
  19. Hi All, I picked this up online because it looked unusual. After looking at it under the microscope, I'm thinking part of a fish skull or jaw. Any thoughts?
  20. Unknown Pleistocene Fossil

    Hi Found this fossil at the base of the cliffs to the east of grange chine on the Isle of Wight round near Brighstone. I have taken it to a palaeontologist at Peterborough museum who told me its of Pleistocene age due to the quality of its preservation, however we are both stumped about what bone it could be and from what animal, any help is appreciated, thanks!
  21. Meyeria magna lobster, Isle of Wight, U.K.

    From the album Crustaceans

    Meyeria magna, Atherfield, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, U.K. Cretaceous, lower greensand.
  22. Isle Of Wight Bone

    Hi I found this piece of bone sticking out of the clay at Grange Chine on the Isle of Wight. It's only a small piece, but was wondering if there is enough to go on to indicate what it may have come from? The area is Wealden clay, C 120MY. Bones of this size, in this area could be turtle? small theropod? croc? Thanks Henry
  23. I'm lucky enough to be visiting the Isle of Wight in a few weeks, and aim to get a few days fossil collecting on the South West coast. Just seeing if anyone can advise as to the chances of getting down Whale Chine at the moment. I know the council closed the path many years ago, and since then access seems to have become much more tricky. In March this year I got to the beach via the neighboring Shepherds Chine, but this is quite a trek. Looking at Whale Chine from beach level I just couldnt see any way of getting up, especially if fortunate enough to have found one of the large ammonites the place is famous for. Just wondering if other people have attempted this climb recently, and how treacherous it is? Thanks in advance.
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