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Found 64 results

  1. Eocoelopoma curvatum fish skull.

    From the album Some of my best Sheppey fossils

    This is a very fine 3D fish skull. Most Sheppey fish are found crushed but this one has been lucky.
  2. Hi all, Out walking today with my wife at Walton on the Naze beach, I stumbled upon my second Otodus tooth in the space of a month. This has to be my best specimen yet and I'm really 'chuffed'! This would have come from the London Clay deposits c53mya I was wondering if it was possible to determine anything about the animal from the one tooth alone, or where in the mouth the the tooth might have come from as it seems much straighter than all the other specimens we have found. Any help would be great. Best wishes, Carl
  3. H, The family and I spent a lovely week at Walton on the Naze in Essex, UK. As it was the Easter break the site was very busy with collectors young and old, but we still managed to find some interesting pieces. The site itself is London Clay (c53my) with a junction bed above from which whale bone and Megalodon teeth can be found. Above this is the distinctive Red Crag (c.2my). Lastly are glacial deposits and later from which Neolithic and Roman finds have been found over the years. The site is rapidly eroding at a rate of about a metre a year however there are daily land slips and falls so whether that rate is accelerating its hard to say. Most of the finds are in the shingle and with my eyes I had to adopt the 'hands and knees crawl' technique to see anything other than a blur of shapes. All of the finds below (with the exception of the potential neolithic finds) are from the London Clay sediments. The Site: We found a lot of striatolamia shark teeth. Its possible there are other species within this, however we haven't had time to have a detailed look at each tooth yet: Two nice Otodus shark teeth were found by my wife: A pair of what we believe are well worn ray dentition plates. They were hard to photograph so apologies for the lack of clarity: On a previous trip a few weeks ago we also found this. Both turtle and bird bone have been found on this site. Could this be either?: I've included a fossilised twig and a seed that I picked up. The beach is littered with these and tend to be ignored by the fossil hunters as they are so common. I like them: Lastly I've included two interesting finds. The ball is from Walton and the 'spear point' was from Dovercourt just up the coast. In an archaeological context these might be exciting finds - the ball is similar to others that have been described as hammer stones, gaming pieces or sling shots. The 'spear point' shows signs of rework along both edges. Out of context, within the beach shingle, they are just interesting stones but I thought I'd share them anyway: Any comments would be appreciated. Happy Hunting! Carl
  4. 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!
  5. Hi, Had a family break at Waton on the Naze, Essex over the New Year period and spent 5 mornings combing the beach with the wife and kids. It was remarkably unproductive on most days (as well as freezing!) and so our usual haul was very much reduced. This is what we found: Glycymeris and a couple of Turritella - Red Crag A few nice examples of sharks teeth (striatolamia) - London Clay ..and my personal favourite, a piece of whale bone (balaena sp) from the unconformity between the Red Crag and London Clay. Apparently the waxy appearance is a giveaway but what causes it hasn't been explained to me. Hopefully we'll find a lot more next time.
  6. Walton on the Naze, Essex, UK

    Hi, Newbie to the forum but I've been picking up odd lumps of rock since I had fingers. I went to the beach with my wife and two kids on the 5th November and we had a productive day. Save for a few dog walkers we virtually had the beach to ourselves. We were there from just after low tide (9am) until the last moment when the sea was lapping at the steps (11:15) and as usual the girls had better eyes than me and my son. This is our trawl: Red Crag: Glycymeris: Neptunea, Oyster and a piece of broken bone (probably later): London Clay: Striatolamia plus an unconvincing core of a larger sharks tooth (I need to compare it to others I have but right now its hovering over the bin) Fossilised Wood (I love these as they are so well preserved but for some reason these are left in their 1000s strewn across the beach) (Much) Later: Lastly I'm including some things found that are a throw back to my Archaeology days. I'm putting these in the 'possible' category. The left hand flake shows signs of rework on the right edge. The second (on the right) is badly photographed but has all the elements that would describe it as a man made flake - at the top is a flat 'striking platform' and on the side facing us is a 'bowl of percussion'. I would love to find a finished tool that can occasionally be found here, That's it. A great morning fossicking, followed by a walk along the sea front and then down to the pier for 10 pin bowling with the family and wasting money on the pier amusement arcade!
  7. From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    This is a picture of my ever growing nautilus collection from the Isle of Sheppey.
  8. Sheppey fish skull collection

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    This is a picture of my ever growing fish collection from the Isle of Sheppey.
  9. Do you own a nautilus/nautili that was found/purchased from the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, UK? If you do please can you help me to compile a bit of information. I would be extremely grateful if anyone with a Sheppey nautilus could let me know the location the specimen now resides in (Museum, County, State, Province etc) and if possible a picture of the specimen with the species name if known. Also if you have seen one in a museum please can you let me know which museum. Myself and another collector on the Island were talking about how prolific the Sheppey London clay has been over the years and this raised the question on how far spread the Sheppey fossils may be. I will start things off with my own little collection of Sheppey nautili, still at home on the island. Many thanks in advance for any information you can provide!
  10. Sheppey just keeps on giving!

    Today I once again ventured out onto the london clay of the Isle of Sheppey on the hunt for some new fossil's to add to my growing collection, and as always I came back satisfied with a good days hunting and a new piece for my collection! I spent 5 hours hunting over the mud, shingle and clay, on all fours at some points and ankle deep in mud at others. But I was rewarded for my efforts as I turned for home once again! Today I picked up some lovely sharks teeth, a few tiny verts, a pair of articulated fish verts and the star of the show was a Linuparus eocenicus lobster!(well half of one anyway ;-) ) The Linuparus eocenicus lobsters are quite rare on Sheppey, especially in good condition so I consider myself quite lucky to be the proud owner of it! Pictures to follow!
  11. Isle of Sheppey fossil hunt!

    Today I spent over 5 hours scouring the beach at Eastchurch gap on the Isle of Sheppey with a fellow fossil hunter. We walked from Eastchurch gap all the way to Warden point and between us we found extremely little, a few broken teeth etc. As we turned round to head back it seemed our luck changed with it! The shark teeth began to appear in good number although many of them were quite broken and not worth keeping, a few nice specimens were there to be found! Of the nice teeth there was one stand out tooth, a Notorynchus serratissimus (picture to follow), the first one of this species I have ever found! :-D also a first for me was the small Burnhamia daviesi(Rhinoptera daviesi) ray file. My hunting partner also found a nautilus nodule with a damaged centre which he gave to me for my collection of nautili. The rest of the walk turned up many more damaged shark and fish teeth, some small crab nodules and a few quite nice examples of bivalves and gastropods.
  12. The last few weeks I have been lucky enough to have some spare time, and have used it wisely! I have spent it combing every inch of my favourite spot on the northern shoreline of the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, Uk. Hunting conditions have not been too good recently. With a rather un seasonal amount of rain falling recently and some unfavourable tides the fossil beds have been largely covered by mud and shingle. But nevertheless I have spent hours looking through the uncovered patches sometimes on hands a knees, looking for mainly crabs and shark teeth. I will post some of my finds below....
  13. Another small glyphithereus wetherelli

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    Nice example of a wave worn glyph.
  14. Twin Glyphithereus wetherelli crab nodule

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    An interesting nodule containing 2 small glyph crabs. One on each end,lovely claw and carapace detail on one, the other is upside down and shows underside detail.
  15. Hoploparia lobster

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    My first lobster find on the Isle of Sheppey.
  16. Sheppey crab and lobster haul.

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    Todays haul of fossils from the Isle of Sheppey.
  17. Today I found myself with a few hours to spare but the weather didn't look too good. The wind was strong and the clouds looked like imminent rain. I decided to risk it and head out to the beach. Wrapped up with plenty of layers and my trusty hoody I started along the shingle towards my usual hunting spot. With the strong onshore wind the tide had not receeded very far as of yet and was cutting me off from my prefered location so I decided to look around the sections I had access to. Almost immediately I spotted my first crab of the day. This was quickly followed by 2 more! Feeling lucky I decided to stay a while longer and found another couple to add to the collection. After the tide had receeded enough to move to the next section I moved on and was rewarded again finding a handfull more crabs and some badly rolled fossils. Moving on from this point was another rewarding section below a soon to fall tree where I found my first ever recognisable lobster! :-) I finally reached my favoured section where I found a few small sharks teeth. Looking to the sky I could see it was going to turn nasty very soon, so I turned back towards the car. Along the way I picked up a final couple of crabs and then hurried back to the car with my pockets full! Upon reaching the car the heavens opened! I had made it just in time! Feeling very lucky today!
  18. Sheppey Nautilus Ids please.

    Can anyone shed some light on Ids for these 3 nautilus fossils I found 2 days ago on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, Uk. Many thanks :-)
  19. Yesterday I spent a lovely spring morning walking along the Sheppey coast to a place known as Eastchurch gap. I have known of this place for many years and never made the couple mile hike along the beach from Minster before. Normally I would stay much closer to the Minster end of the cliffs but as the weather was fine and the tide was in my favour I decided to take a punt on searching new grounds. After a fairly fruitless trek I finally rounded an outcrop of the London clay and recognised the landscape and features I had only seen in pictures of the famous Eastchurch gap. Within seconds of entering the gap I spotted my first find... an almost 1 foot long partial nautilus sticking out of the clay and half covered by shingle. After digging it out from the clay I was saddened to see that the centre had crumbled into a sticky mush of shell and clay. My hopes were raised again only moments later when I spied my second nautilus shell! Almost unbelievable I thought someone was playing an April fool on me! Again though my joy was slightly deminished upon finding the centre missing. After searching for almost an hour more and finding almost.nothing else I started to think about heading back as I was getting rather hot in the lunchtime sun and had run out of drinking water so made a decision to check one last clay slump and caught a glimpse of that familiar shine laying on its side before me... a THIRD nautilus! This time though it was almost a whole specimen, with the centre intact! With the fatigue of the long walk through clay, mud and shingle and a backpack well weighted by nautili specimens I headed back towards home feeling rather happy with my days hunting and planning to return with the hope of finding a variety of specimens on my next adventure! I will upload pictures as soon as I am able to. :-) happy hunting!
  20. Isle of Sheppey nautilus external chambers

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    External chambers of a large eocene nautilus from the london clay of the Isle of Sheppey
  21. Isle of Sheppey nautilus external chambers

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    Partial eocene nautilus from the Isle of Sheppey
  22. From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    An almost complete Eocene nautilus from the London clay of the Isle of Sheppey
  23. Shark Vert Isle of Sheppey

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    Finally started prep on this big shark vert I was given a while back. Its going to take some effort to prep but looking quite nice so far :-)
  24. From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    This is my latest find from the Isle of Sheppey. Exposed is the top of an eocene fish skull, species tbc, I am hoping upon prep that more of the skull will be contained in the nodule.
  25. Pyritised crab

    From the album Isle of Sheppey Eocene

    Lovely undeside detail on a pyritised crab from the london clay on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, Uk.
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