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  1. Cortinarius

    Fossilised Wood? - ID Request

    Hello! I wonder if anyone would be kind enough to give me an opinion about this… It struck me as looking like fossilised driftwood? I’ll be totally honest, just because it looked so much like a modern piece of driftwood at the ends. The striations seemed weird for rock normal banding, layering. Also, there seems to be faded bands running at right angles to the striations on a couple of faces - which again seemed a wood-like feature? I’m very happy to be wrong though! I was lucky, the tide was just going out when I spotted it still wet - it’s fairly unremarkable dry.
  2. Oxytropidoceras

    Scottish palaeontology in the 21st century

    Scottish palaeontology in the 21st century Tom Challands, Edinburgh Geological Society Lectures Edinburgh Geological Society Lectures Yorus, Paul H.
  3. I came across this for sale, not a fossil vendor so no information on it. Looks to be about 10cm across. I can make our scales, eye sockets, faint limbs - almost like a little Lizard / Thorny Devil. Any thoughts?
  4. I love to share a nice book I found in the net, dealing with fossil fishes from scotland. Scotland is one of the best countries to find fantastic devonian fishes, I think most of the readers of my short introdution do know it. (35) Mitteldevonische Fische aus dem Orcadian Basin in Schottland. IPC3 Exkursionsführer vor der Konferenz. | Michael Newman - Academia.edu for free Press "download pdf" and wait some seconds. If you like leave some sentences to the author why you like to download, but it works without, too
  5. Scotland’s fossil enthusiasts urged to have their say on revised Code NatureScot, October 6, 2022 The closing date for comments is Thursday 17th November 2022 Updating The Scottish Fossil Code NatureScot, October 6, 2022 Scottish Fossil Code Yours, Paul H.
  6. Scottish fossil revealed to be pterodactyl ancestor BBC News, October 6, 2022 Elgin Reptiles - Wikipedia Clark, N.D.L. (2008) The Elgin Marvels. Deposits, 13 . pp. 36-39. ISSN 1744-9588 Yours, Paul H.
  7. JustineArt

    Found at Achanarras Quarry

    Wondering if anyone can give me a clue as to what I've found at Achanarras Quarry in Caithness, Scotland? I'm pretty much a novice so any help is greatly appreciated.
  8. Can anyone ID these, please? Again found in Caithness. The textured stuff looks plant-like to me but I'm doubting my eyes and think they could just be really cool looking rocks!? I've Googled things like 'concretions' but I'm still none the wiser. The flat piece with the minerals running along the top fizzes with vinegar so I'm guessing it's calcite with a sparkle of pyrite. It was found beside the textured piece in pic #1 which seems to contain a pink tinted quartz (?) and pyrite? The big piece I'm holding aloft looks so like bark to me but I'm anxious of merely making assumptions.
  9. The Rhynie Chert preserves one of the oldest terrestrial ecosystems, which is a hot spring environment. It's Lower Devonian, and the oldest know harvestman was also found there. These are some photographs of my thin sections from this environment. This first thin section is one of my favourites, it has several Aglaophyton major plants that contain fungal cysts of Palaeomyces gordoni, containing spores. These are more Aglaophyton major cross sections. In this and the one above, there are a few vascular bundles, these consist of thin-walled protoxylem cells
  10. HH360

    Need help identifying

    This was found in Scotland, unfortunately not sure exactly where. A friend suggested it could be part of a fossilized bryozoan colony and I was hoping to get confirmation or a correction.
  11. HH360

    Help identifying, please

    Found this at a beach near Gourock, western Scotland and was wondering if it is possibly a fossil? The lines on it remind me of a plant of sorts.
  12. Walton

    Fossil ID request!

    Hello all Apologies in advance for the potentially stupid question, but I promised my 9 year old (fossil hunter/general geology fan) son that I'd get to the bottom of this! During a river walk today, we came across an exposed rock that had some weird line patterning on it, that does admittedly look a little fossil-y. However, elsewhere on the rock there are lots more of these patterns in more random formations, so while I'd love it to be a little more interesting, I suspect it's just some unusual rock form. Anyway, you lot are the experts, so please advise!
  13. Louise Crawford

    Beach Find

    I found this on Prestwick beach in Ayrshire, Scotland. Is it a fossil. It was almost black but now getting lighter as it’s drying out. Thanks!
  14. sjaak

    Fossil fish from Scotland

    Hello all, Here are some finds from this spring near Thurso, Scotland. Fish from the Devonian (Old Red Sandstone). None of them is perfect, but these are the more complete ones, but I find it difficult to identify them. The fish are compressed a bit disintegrated or decomposed and the details, especially near the head, are hard to distinguish. I suspect Osteolepis panderi ? I have another box full to prep so who knows what will pop up. Regards, Niels
  15. Hi all. Took another trip to our closest site yesterday - a Carboniferous marine deposit on the shores of the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Amongst the usual Bivalves and more familiar shapes (which I may need to ask about on here at some point - as I have only the wildest guess of what they actually are) we found the below. It looks for all the world like a coarsely textured skin of small scales. I'm aware that soft tissue preservation is incredibly rare, so am dubious - but I don't know what else it might be. Anyone able to help? Nb. I haven't done any work on this at al
  16. sjaak

    Pterosaur bone ?

    Hello again, I also found this bone, both ends are missing, but it seems hollow and the "split" in the end looks characteristic. A couple of years ago I found a pterosaur bone at this same location (Helmsdale, Scotland, late Jurassic, marine sediments): http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/97935-tiny-bone-from-scotland/ I wonder if this is pterosaur as well. I noticed the same "split end" on pterosaur bones, for instance the tibiotarsus. What do you think? Regards, Niels
  17. StormOfSilence

    Fossil hunting results

    I have a small collection of fossils I've bought, but mostly wanting to post my own finds here. Below is the first piece I've actually extracted and cleaned, from a marine Carboniferous fossil bed on the shores of the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Quite happy with the result, especially for my first time cleaning and exposing a piece with a dremel... wondering whether there's anything else I can do to clean it up a bit more. Any tips/hints gratefully received! :-) Also wondering what the odds of identifying a fossil like that are beyond 'brachiopod'?
  18. sjaak

    Claw, clasper, squid hook?

    So I split a slab at home and this showed up. Unfortunately compressed and a bit splintered, but negative and positive. Found in Helmsdale, Scotland. Jurassic marine sediment. It looks like a claw, but I also saw see hybodont claspers and squid hooks with this shape. Any ideas?
  19. sjaak

    Fish or reptile jaw?

    Found in Helmsdale, Scotland, ca 3 cm. Jurassic marine sediment. I wonder if this is a fish mandible or maybe reptile as it looks a bit different. Regards, Niels
  20. Barbara Allan

    Plant or animal?

    Scotland, Solway Firth, thought crinoid but friend thinks plant- club moss? Any ideas. Measurements are 20cm x 5cm for “stem” section corals and bivalve shells in rocks around these examples. Carboniferous era.
  21. New large pterosaur described from the Jurassic of Scotland Dearc sgiathanach Headline : Pterosaur fossil from Scotland is largest Jurassic flier ever found https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(22)00135-X?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS096098222200135X%3Fshowall%3Dtrue Article Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10537923/Worlds-largest-Jurassic-pterosaur-unearthed-Isle-Skye.html Article New Scientist https://www.newscie
  22. Tamateur

    Is this a bone?

    Hi,Could anyone help with this?It was found in Scotland close to a large fossilised Lepidodendron tree.Thank you
  23. Neanderthal Shaman

    Devonian Lobefin From Scotland

    Just acquired a nice Osteolepis from the Old Red Sandstone of Scotland! I love the scales on this fish, each one is like a shiny black gemstone. She now lives at the bottom drawer where I keep my oldest Fossils.
  24. Philip Tovell

    Tooth... Or Ordinary Flint Stone?

    I suspect this is just an ordinary bit of flint but I wanted to ask you all for your opinion just in case. I found it amongst gravel on the garden path outside my home in Scotland. The the width of the widest end is 1.4 cm, the thinnest is 0.9 cm and the full length is 3.1 cm.
  25. Philip Tovell

    Unknown Fossil Found in Bottle Dump

    Hello, I'm very new to this, so I hope I get things right here. Can anyone help me identify this? I found it in an old bottle-dump near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders that dates back to the 1960s. It's on the broken edge of a stone slab but from what I can see it measures about 5.7 cm across. Is it some kind of shell? If anyone needs more info I'd be happy to give it. Thanks in advance!
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