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  1. 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
  2. Bonefind

    Lyme Regis verts ID

    Hi all New member here - hope everyone is well? After 37 years of bone hunting at Lyme Regis (and witnessing my disinterested wife find all sorts of icthy and plesiosaur verts) I finally struck gold (metaphorically, not pyrite) and found the below in 45 minutes of glorious morning pre work searching. I was hoping someone might be able to help with ID, I’m guessing the single is icthy, the connected ones I am not sure if they are more plesiosaur? any views or pointers greatly received!
  3. carlos040786

    Lyme regis fossil id

    Went to lyme regis first time fossil hinting today and found this. Would love to know what it is. It was found on east cliff. Particularly interested in what the smooth bits on each side are and also the four holes underneath. I'm guessing they interacted with other bones. Appreciate any help given.
  4. Hi all! I've just found this curious stone on the Lyme Regis beach, during a low tide, between some other rocks. I was trying to crack it open but I had to stop as it looked to be containing something more delicate. I'm sorry for the poor quality of the photos. It has a thin layer of grey stone on the top part, and underneath it there is a golden patina that reflects the light mixed with a brownish sort of varnish (similar to when fossilised bones are prepped, that sort of texture). It has a circle of a different colour on one of the shorter side that reminds me of a sectione
  5. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    Marine reptile tooth ID Lyme Regis

    Hi all, Bought this tooth online a while back. It was sold to me as "Ichthyosaurus platyodon" (which I understand to mean Temnodontosaurus platyodon) from Lyme Regis. Likely found by the seller themselves, as I know they occasionally collect fossils there. However, for the following reasons, I'm not sure about this attribution: Overall, the tooth doesn't look like your typical ichthyosaur tooth to me: It has more of an oval rather than round cross-section It's labolingually flattened Messial and distal carinae run the full length of the cr
  6. Mochaccino

    Icthyosaur jaws?

    Hello, This fossil was unlabeled but I'm guessing they're something along the lines of an Icthyosaur communis jaw from Lyme Regis UK? Are they genuine or perhaps a replica?
  7. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    Lyme Bay marine crocodile described

    Roughly two years ago, while investigating the identity of a marine reptile tooth said to have come from Lyme Regis, I got hinted about a spectacular new marine crocodile, much older than any other member of the thalattosuchian clade. This new species has finally been described: Turnersuchus hingleyae! Set outside the traditional subgroupings of teleosauroidea and metriorhynchoidea, this newly described species has major implications for the evolutionary relationships between thalattosuchians and other crocodylomorphs. Wilberg, Godoy, Griffiths, Turner & Ben
  8. Mary Anning: Lyme Regis fossil hunter's rare biography published BBC News, January 12, 2023 The open access paper is: Taylor, M.A. and Benton, M.J., 2023. The Life of Mary Anning, Fossil Collector of Lyme Regis: a Contemporary Biographical Memoir by George Roberts. Journal of the Geological Society, pp.jgs2022-053. Yours, Paul H.
  9. Westralian Fossils

    Ichthyosaurus communis Premaxilla?

    Just bought a small ichthyosaur bone block from Lyme Regis. The seller has said that the block is from an Ichthyosaurus communis and was found at Church Cliff Bay. I’ve been looking at some diagrams of ichthyosaur skull cross sections and one of the bones resembles a premaxilla. It’s about 5 cm long. B II in the diagram. Just wondering if this is the case before I get to prepping it so I have some idea of what I’m working with .
  10. CWS

    Lyme regis flatstone

    Hi, looking for help on a nodule I picked up at lyme over the weekend, trying to identify nodules is new to me so I was pleased to see something inside this one. I'm hoping someone can confirm what it is likely to be, there's no edge to it and it's not visible anywhere round the nodule. I'm hoping an ammonite but the nodule seems too small, it's a close match to the colour of some partials we found close by but the ribs seem wrong. Some sort of claim seems most likely but I don't know whether that's likely from lyme. Any ideas before I attack it? Thanks
  11. Angie319

    Seeking Nautilus advice

    My aim for the last year or so has been to find a Nautilus on the jurassic coast in Dorset Uk. On my last visit I did find a few chunks, that feel like I am barking up the right tree! I know the first photo is of just a section, but am I looking at the right sort of thing to hit my Nautilus goal? It is approximately 15inches across. And the second image is a reverse side which has been heavily eroded but the shell is protruding around the entire outer edge of the stone. If so, what would anyone suggest regarding prepping these and even if they are suitable/ worth attempting? I
  12. A priceless fossil destroyed in WWII has resurfaced in an unusual way Ashley Strickland, November 4, 2022 "The original fossil was highly significant in being the very first complete skeleton of any prehistoric reptile fossil ever found at the time,..." The open access paper is: Lomax, D.R. and Massare, J.A., 2022. Rediscovery of two casts of the historically important ‘Proteo-saurus’, the first complete ichthyosaur skeleton. Royal Society Open Science, 9(11), p.220966. Your, Paul H.
  13. Hello everyone, A friend of mine and his family will be headed to the south-central and southwest portion of UK for a vacation next week. He asked me if there were any places to collect fossils. 20 years ago I did some collecting in Charmouth, but I know times and permissions change. ANy recommendations on where he could take his family and what if any restrictions or limitations there may be? thank you
  14. Greg Roy 73

    Nodule or Ichthyosaur Rib!?

    Found in lower Jurrasic, Liassic Clays at Seatown near Lyme Regis, Dorset, England. In Lower Liassic Clays, Jurassic rocks, close to Belemnite beds. Curved shape and heavy for size, made me wonder if it could be a rib fragment from Ichthysaur. Could just be limestone / Pyrite nodule, but I don't have enough expertise to know..Thanks. Greg. Staffs UK.
  15. Henhen33

    First fossil hunt at Lyme Regis

    Hi all, We are newbies to fossil hunting but my 2 year old & I found some interesting finds today at Lyme Regis. Very excited to find some pyrite ammonites! But not sure what these others might be? The ? Tooth is 1 inch long The sphere is 2 inch The ? bone is 4 inch Also the last two photos are of a tripple ammonite, but what would the best method be for etching it out to see all three together? Any advice greatly appreciated. : ) Thank you Hen
  16. Notidanodon


    Hi guys, I’ve got these 2 belemnites from the sinemurian of Lyme Regis and I was wondering whether it would be possible to put a name on them, thanks 1. 2.
  17. MattN

    Is this anything of interest?

    Hi, everyone. Whilst scouring loose stones on Lyme beach this took my interest yesterday (20/04/22) aside from bits of ammonites, etc. I thought it resembled a tooth, so kept it as it seemed a bit too perfect to be random rock. Am I completely wrong and is it worth digging deeper into it? Many thanks for any advice offered.
  18. Hello, I went on a trip to Lyme Regis, U.K. last week and came back with some lovely pyrite ammonites and a small ichthyosaurs vertebrae. However we also found this. I’m not sure it’s a full pyrite piece (6cmx6cm) as there is an impression of an ammonite however there are these pyrite cone shapes. Are these just Echinoids Or have I got really lucky with some shark teeth? (very unlikely I know!). I only came across this last one via the National History Museum fossil app which has a picture of a Hybodus delabechei teeth and it looks very similar from a top down view on to the tooth
  19. HI ! I'm planning a trip to the UK and want to collect the Devon / Jurassic coast area. I've collected extensively in the US but am a newby to this area. I any and all information: lodging or other suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Chuck
  20. 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
  21. jclynch1

    Not sure if fossil?

    Hello! Indulged my hobby a little this weekend (4-7 Mar) and headed to Lyme Regis for some sunny ammonite hunting. Found this while digging on East Beach there… I’m nowhere near experienced enough to determine if it’s even a fossil at all, but it was such an odd shape and I thought I’d ask! About 1 3/8 inch (3.5cm) across and approx 1 inch (2.5cm) thick. Found 5 March 2022 on East Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK. See photos below for details. Thank you everyone!
  22. 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
  23. Hi everyone These two pieces were collected by my boyfriends father and his family about 60 years ago on the Jurassic coast of Charmouth/Lyme Regis. A little while ago he brought them out to show me and said I could keep the ones I liked. I chose these two, but not to keep. My idea was to prep them, reveal the fossils inside and give them to him at Christmas. I used a Dremel with specialised tips and a sewing needle in a pin vice under a microscope. Overall I'm quite happy with how they turned out, not perfect, but I can see my own improvement. The larger s
  24. Mary Anning: Planning application lodged for Lyme Regis statue BBC News, November 23, 2021 Lyme Regis Mary Anning statue designs released BBC News, January 5, 2021 Lyme Regis Mary Anning statue 'on track' for May (2022) unveiling BBC News, July 28, 2021 Yours, Paul H.
  25. I’m so new to identifying fossils it hurts, but I love finding & collecting them nonetheless! This one was found on a recent trip to Chippel Bay close to Seven Rock Point in Lyme. I’m not sure what it is though - maybe wood? It’s incredibly delicate and has already flaked quite badly due to transport (as seen in first photo). Black with several gray cracks in it, although there’s white flecks in the cross section. Seems to be barely stuck to some form of shale. Any ideas? Thanks!
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