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  1. rocket

    devonian fish prep

    I am just doing a rare Coccosteus from Egerton fish beds, Tain, Scotland Normally not worth for a story, but this is a fossil I stored now for nearly 40 years... Got it from a friend in parts, never started the prep because I expected it will be bad Last weeks I started to finish it, glued and filled the cracks and started working Only with air pen (HW70 and 10). Wow, the skull and the complete armour are preserved and perhaps the body. Never expected this.... Have not done a pic when I started, but today I thought it iw worthy The site is closed due to vandalism in th
  2. Last week I went upto Caithness hunting for fossil fish at Achanarras quarry. The rocks there formed at the bottom of a huge lake during the Devonian period 385 mya. Most of the fossils I found were incomplete with mostly the tails missing, but I was lucky enough to find a complete diplacanthus, and fragmented cheiracanthus murchinsoni, which I have managed to superglue back together.
  3. JasonKimmings

    Possible teeth or coral?

    Found these on a beach in Scotland on the firth of Forth. Are they even fossils or just funny shaped rocks?
  4. Cortinarius

    Fossilised wood?

    Hello! I hesitate to post after my last terrible misidentification of fossilised wood, but your kind help made me study harder, learn more, look harder - thank you! So I’m back with another request - I think I might have actually found wood this time? These are all from the Kimmeridgian Helmsdale Boulder Beds or nearby Portgower Boulder Beds, Scotland, UK. Dark photos are wet, mostly they go quite pale when dried out. In this case, I know wood is a known find in these areas, and I’ve found a scant few photos from seasoned collectors / geologists of finds fr
  5. I went fossil hunting at Tillywhandland quarry on Turin hill, Scotland today and found a complete Mesacanthus mitchelli fossil. It is probably the best one I have found yet. Both the head and tail are present. The head is so well preserved you can see both the gill rakers and eye socket.
  6. Hi guys, I was considering purchasing the attached fossil fish from the Devonian of Scotland. It originates from the Sandwick Fish Beds of Orkney. Any advice with regard to any visible restoration or even its authenticity would be very much so appreciated!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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'?
  23. 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?
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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