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  1. Apologies for the usual hiatus from here. I’m back (just like arni always says). The past 6 months have been an absolute rollercoaster of collecting and prepping. I thought I’d ease you all into one of my best finds this year. Here in Yorkshire, we have an incredible layer of fossils from what’s known as the jet rock (Whitby jet too). In this layer, we get what are known as cannonball nodules. Usually always heavily coated in a pyrite skin, and 1 in around 15 has a fossil inside. Almost always, Eleganticeras Elegantulum. This is one I found around 6 months ago. The Eleganticeras keel
  2. Hi My wife and I have just returned from a relaxing week on the Yorkshire coast, walking and looking for ammonites. We didn’t find much but what we did find were pretty rare. First some scenic pics: The last is Whitby Abbey which features in Dracula. First ammonite, an Asteroceras multi block. Second, a androgynoceras multi block Third Paltechioceras (extremely rare and needs glueing back together and prepping)
  3. n cass

    What is this?

    Whitby find. Jurassic, Lias.
  4. Notidanodon

    Two British ammonites

    Hi guys I have these two ammonites that I’m not sure on the id of thanks for your help 1 from Lyme Regis, looks almost like a promicoceras but with weiRd preservation 2. from Burton bradstock , parkinsonia?
  5. mr.cheese

    help id-ing some Whitby bivalves

    Hi, I have come across a few different bivalves and my googling hasn't come up with much! I think the heavily prepped one that has no matrix might be Dacryomya Ovum? Not sure though as this is from a single image in google! Also any idea what the little babies in the back of the matrix might be? They all came from the same man who picks and preps Whitby stuff himself so pretty sure that is where they are all from. Thank you and fingers crossed! 1
  6. Long time no see guys! Thought I’d come back with a bang. A few months back I headed out, just after recovering from covid, so of course, not back at 100%, but well enough to get some exercise. Of course, the first thing I stumble on, is a rather large nodule. Now, these nodules don’t normally contain anything, and are usually filled with a calcite core, but always fun to hit regardless. After one tap with the hammer, it revealed a cross section of a rather large ammonite known as Harpoceras (falciferum). Not a super rare Ammonite by any means, but definitely uncommon. I lost my head. Th
  7. I’ll start off my collection with the most common ammonite you can find on the Yorkshire coastline in England. Dactylioceras Commune Lower Jurassic, Upper Lias. Roughly 180myo You can find these ammonites in abundance in Whitby. No exaggerations when I say iv seen thousands over the years. You can find them in plenty of other locations all over Europe, though they’re most known as the Whitby Dac. Now, while they maybe common, size comes into play with mine. You’re usual dac, will probably be between 2-3 inches. If you’re lucky, you can get a 4 inch one, though
  8. Welsh Wizard

    My Whitby Ammonite Collection

    Hi I decided to display a few of my Whitby ammonites. Most are self found, some bought. Some are prepped by me. Some prepped by other people. One of the ammonites on the top shelf isn’t from Whitby. Guess which. Where’s it from and what is it? I’ll post some close ups in due course. Thanks for looking.
  9. RobFallen

    Whitby Dactylioceras ammonite

    From the album: Robs Fossil Collection

    55 mm diam (size of the actual ammonite) in a large stone with flat bottom for better display
  10. Notidanodon

    Some ammonites :)

    Hi guys, I have two ammonites here which I can’t identify, I was wondering if anyone could help thanks 1. This ones from Burton bradstock, oolite, bajocian 2. These are from france, I don’t know the geological setting so a species ID is probably impossible, but if anyone knew a family I would still greatly appreciate it 3. this is toarcian, from Whitby, but it isn’t the typical dactylocerous commune, the ribbing is more fineand its thicker, I know it isn’t one but it looks almost like a nodioloceras, what do you think ?
  11. Still_human

    hollow ribs? pterosaur?

    Hi there, I’d like to get the expert opinion of you all. Could these be pterosaur ribs? i just know they’re from Whitney, Yorkshire. As you can see, they’re hollow, and all I know of, that would have little hollow ribs like that are pterosaurs, and avian dinosaurs, but I'd imagine it was very uncommon for articulated ribs from a raptor to make it to, and “survive” an aquatic deposit, intact and untouched, although I know pterosaur bones are sometimes found in aquatic fossil deposits, at least from coastal areas. I'm not sure what else would be found there with hollow ribs, and these also seem
  12. dhiggi

    Whitby Vertebrae

    Just opened this nodule on a beach in the Whitby area, I can’t help thinking that it looks like a couple of verts, can anyone confirm this and maybe suggest a species? I’ll put better pics up when I get home if needed. Thank you for looking
  13. Finnlfc19

    What are these markings?

    Just been sent this photo by a friend in Whitby, UK, any ideas what it could be?
  14. dhiggi

    Whitby area find - bone?

    Had a great day today at Saltwick Bay, after a little while scratching around picking up Dactys, I split a couple of nice big Hildoceras, one of which I’ve left with the shop in town to get tidied up. While looking around to try to beat my finds, my daughter found a little piece of gyrosteus bone. After stopping to do a bit of splitting (including a nice little pyrite Dactylioceras) we headed back and daughter was really pleased to find a slightly worn little ichthyosaur vertebra. That refocused the eyes and I spotted a partial ichthy skull in the shale, once we’d got over the excitement we sc
  15. Me and my boyfriend made the drive to Whitby yesterday for the first time. We spent about 3 hours fossil hunting at Saltwick Bay. We made some nice finds but we only found one of the really nice Whitby ammonites at the end of the trip which is the main reason I wanted to go to Whitby. There were plenty of ammonite fragments about but we struggled to find the famed ammonite bearing nodules (though we did pick up a few small and low quality ones, will need prep and not worth posting here). We did pick up a couple of shale plates with some nice bivalves and flattened ammonites. I did
  16. joeligema

    What is this fossil

  17. Chris finner

    Found in Whitby

    Hi I found this on the coast of Whitby.. the circle at the top stud out and something different to the slate. After a bit of chipping the main bit came away easily and is definitely separate to the slate?? Any help would be greatly appreciated..
  18. dhiggi

    Whitby area reptile bones

    Daughter and I had a walk in the Whitby area this morning, didn’t come away with much but these two little chunks of bone made the trip worthwhile. The larger one (pics 3-6) appears to have ribs no more than about 5mm in diameter along with a lot of other bones. The smaller one (pics 1,2,7,8) looks to have two or three partial verts, but I can’t see if the centres are concave like ichthyosaur and to me they look too flat to be ples/croc. Can anyone shed any light on either piece? Thank you for looking
  19. Found this today in the Whitby area, either a septarian nodule is playing a cruel, early April fools or it’s some kind of reptile bone. It’s roughly symmetrical with the circle shape on each side. Thanks for looking.
  20. dhiggi

    Whitby area finds

    A couple of finds from the Whitby area. Does this plant fossil have enough diagnostic features for an identification? Secondly, my daughter has been desperate to find some ichthyosaur material for ages now. She was so happy to find this, at first glance I thought it was just another piece of septarian nodule but on closer examination I think she’s probably right about it being bone, albeit likely an unidentifiable chunk. Still, she’s happy and it’s going in the ichthyosaur cabinet as her first find
  21. I’ve been slightly obsessed for a long time now with finding a Whitby cannonball nodule good enough to put the hours of prep work into. I have given up while trying to split many, I have split a lot of empty ones, I have chipped a load while trying to split them. I do have a nice eliganticeras nodule that could potentially polish up but the shape just doesn’t lend itself. I found this at the weekend at Runswick Bay and while it would have been nice to have a split nodule with the positive and negative, I could see the potential in this. The actual ammonite is just a crushed up pyritey me
  22. dhiggi

    Gyrosteus or wood? Or other?

    Going over some old finds... When I found this I picked it up as it reminded me of the Gyrosteus (large Jurassic fish) bone that I once found nearby. Quick to put me down my daughter quickly dismissed it as ‘just wood’ but I’m not so sure. Could it be bone of either fish or reptile? thanks for looking
  23. dhiggi

    Whitby area Vertebra

    Braved the cold today to have a long walk around Runswick Bay and beyond. Best find was this vertebra, found in a slab of ammonites. Needs a little more prep to get the shale off. Any idea if it’s Ichthyosaur or something else?
  24. Alongside some great ammonites I found these three strange things amongst the Jurassic Whitby Mudstone, none of which I recognise. Any help is much appreciated.
  25. fredftw

    Vertebrae from Whitby (UK) area

    Have had these for years but never got them identified! Found on seperate excursions amongst the Jurassic rocks somewhere between Ravenscar and Whitby (don't remember exactly I'm afraid). Thanks so much in advance.
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