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I collected this ammonite from Browns Hill quarry in Holwell UK. It’s from the Whitby mudstone formation from a mudstone grey finely laminated and fissile (paper shales). I’ve coated the ammonite with a very fine paraloid solution just to stabilize it. Has anyone else collected ammonites such as these as I can’t find any references to them. Reverse side
G'day all! After three years since my last visit to the UK, i finally returned in December 2017 for another massive collecting trip across England. This was my most ambitious tour of the UK's Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrate deposits thus far, with 20 days of collecting across ten different locations. These were (in chronological order from first visit): Abbey Wood in East London Beltinge in Kent Bouldnor on the Isle of Wight Compton Bay to Grange Chine on the Isle of Wight Lyme Regis to Charmouth in Dorset Aust Cliff in Gloucestershire
This species gives its name to the zone and subzone at the bottom of the lower Toarcian. This very fine-ribbed specimen of the genus Dactylioceras is for me a fine representative for the legend of St. Hilda, the Abbess at the monastery in Whitby ca. 650 A.D. She wanted to build a convent there as well, but the grounds were infested with snakes, so she prayed so intensively that all of the snakes were turned into stone. Since then they are known as snakestones. I found this sample pretty well as is with a head that reminds us of a snake. Literature: Howarth, M.K. (1973): The St