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Found 76 results

  1. Fossil?

    My daughter and I explored a different beach in the Whitby area today, we brought home a good haul of ammonites, belemnites etc, but this caught my eye too. Are the pyrite shapes some kind of fossil or did some other process cause them?
  2. Christmas in Yorkshire

    Me and my family spent the Christmas week up in Yorkshire. They planned to do boring Christmas stuff and I would occupy myself by going fossil hunting or fishing. Whitby itself was gorgeous, with old buildings and plenty to do, as well as lots of fudge shops and freshly smoked kippers... The tides weren’t the best that week with high being around midday and small tides meaning fossil hunting time was limited most days. The closest beach - Sandsend was a five minute drive away. Tried here a couple of times and was rewarded with a few Dactylioceras and a nice Hildoceras which I’m hoping still has the centre. I had the most luck at Port Mulgrave which is about a twenty minute drive up the coast. Now where I live in Suffolk, there aren’t really any hills leading to the beach at all, it’s very flat. However, Port Mulgrave will sort out the physically fit from those who are not so fit. First of all you go down a muddy track with no grip, then you go down maybe 200 or so steps, then a muddy slope with a rope to hold onto where you are near enough abseiling and finally a muddy slope with no grip and taa daa your on the beach. Going to the left I found a nice plant imprint, a bi-valve of which species I do not know, and plenty of Dacts in nodules. To the right of the beach there were nodules everywhere. I must have got at least 50 nice ones as well as lots of broken ammos for the neighbours kids, a few pieces of Jet, Belemnite chunks were everywhere and I kept one nice one that was set in a bit of shale and I also found a couple of nice death blocks full of tiny ammonites. The walk back up the hill was a killer. I stopped three times and must have lost a kilogram through sweating. Overall I had a great week (apart from the fishing, it was rubbish) and now have a lot of ammos to prep.... Thanks for reading!
  3. Here's another for the Ichnofossil lovers amongst you. I love having a look though the sandstone as it can be quite a challenging to get your eye in as they're not always obvious at first look. I've been told by the local experts that the bigger is most likely from a small ornithopod. There appear to be a number of other single toe marks around the block and what looks like 3 claw marks to the right of the bigger print. So there must have been quite a few different dinosaurs moving through the area at the time.
  4. Stabilising Dinosaur Footprint

    Hello everyone, I have a question regarding stabilising sandstone to keep it from crumbling. Last year I found and extracted a dinosaur footprint from a block on the beach at Whitby, Yorkshire UK. The footprint is of an Aalenian age therapod from approximately 170 million years ago. The print itself measures 20cm from the base to the tip of the centre claw mark. I am hoping to get the block it is in cut down into a slab in order to frame it but now that it is dry the sandstone is very loose and crumbly. I am looking for something that will add strength to the stone and prevent crumbling without significantly changing the colour of the stone or adding a shiny finish as I would like the finished piece to remain as close as possible to how it was, just stronger. I was hoping somebody would have an idea what would be best to soak the block with in order to keep it from falling apart. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you, Benton Walters
  5. Whitby area find; Devils Toenail?

    As well as lots of the usual belemnites and ammonites, my daughter found this today on a beach in the Whitby area. It’s unlike anything we’ve found before; am I right in thinking it’s a ‘devil’s toenail’ (gryphaea?)
  6. A video I made showing some of my finds from Summer. Hopefully you enjoy. Collected near Whitby.
  7. The species Hildoceras are a relatively common ammonite along the Yorkshire coast, they were my favourite when I first started collecting, and can range from all sorts of sizes. I have ones that are less than an inch, to 6 inches, though there are people who have found 9 inch monsters. Usually, they’re found solitary in rounded nodules and that’s about it, so last year when I found a nodule that looked like a double I was thrilled! As per, the block was covered in horrible pyrite, making prep a pain in the butt. I finally finished it recently and it’s a beauty. Some really odd colours amongst the pyrite that I can’t say I have ever come across. This one now proudly sits in my collection.
  8. Whitby find; wood?

    Found this piece on a beach near Whitby known for Jurassic marine fossils. Is it anything of interest; wood perhaps, or just inorganic? Thanks
  9. Whitby Area finds

    Had a couple of hours on a beach in the Whitby area today but tides weren’t favourable. Along with a load of the usual Belemnites, Ammonites and Bivalves I also found these and was wondering A) is the item in pictures 1 & 2 a piece of amber that has been roughed up by the sea? I have heard of people ffinding amber here but am yet to see any. B ) What is the item in the third picture? thanks
  10. Ichthyosaur Vertebra

  11. Dactylioceras

    From the album Yorkshire Ammonites

    A lovely Dactylioceras specimen, these are the most commonly found ammonites here.
  12. Saltwick Bay find

    Found this little thing this morning while rummaging in the shale on Saltwick Bay. First thought was just a small piece of belemnite, but one side is concave and the other is convex, so not sure what it could be (if anything at all) Can anyone shed any light on it? For those unfamiliar with the area the beaches are awash with belemnites, ammonites and bivalves. Ichthyosaurs are occasionally found here too. Thanks in advance
  13. I was able to fit in some prospecting for new sites while the missus had a week off from work. Obviously I couldn’t monopolize all the vacation as the main purpose was to visit a relative and lounge on a beach. Regularly accessible and productive Ordovician sites in Ontario are few and far between, mostly relegated these days to the biannual trip to the quarry in Bowmanville, or to the creeks around the greater Toronto area (GTA). Trilobite collecting in Ontario is massively curtailed by a confluence of factors sadly common in so many other areas: development, quarries that no longer permit access (even to clubs), laws governing protected areas, and over-collecting. We have a rich abundance of trilobites in Ontario, just as in New York, but accessible sites remain a problem. This means defaulting to the traditional method of prospecting new potential areas, and even putting a hard shoulder into shovelling a lot of soil to expose bedrock. This means smaller areas that are more easily exhausted. A pic of our haul from the two spots:
  14. Whitby fossil id

    This is another fossil I found on the beach near Whitby a few years ago. I have a couple of ideas but don’t want to appear stupid given all the experts on this forum
  15. Today i caught on my camera a lovely dactylioceras nodule opening. Hope you enjoy, it's quite satisfying opening them but they don't always open like this. Probably one or two in 10.
  16. Tonight, I started a block that iv had for quite some time, and being dying to prep. Annoyingly, the split from the nodule was very poor, cause a few different cracks, all the way through the ammonite. I glued this back up two days ago and let it set before starting prep. I couldn’t wait to get home from work today, so I could begin the real work. Prep photos to follow in the comments as I can’t size down these files any more
  17. After so many people showing an Interest in the Golden Cannonball Nodule, I though I’d start a thread to document my Yorkshire finds and prep, be they ammonites, bone, or what ever else. Hope you all enjoy
  18. ID from Yorkshire coast

    Found this fragment from Whitby area, at first I thought it was a flattened belamnite but wonder if it's in fact a tooth. Any ideas?
  19. Current Prep Thread

    So, what do we all havecurrently on the prep table? Be interesting to see what challenges await everybody. My current piece is this bone block, most likely ichthyosaur rib. A few scattered ammonites from the genus Dactylioceras sp. if expecting to probably found more bone further in all being well, probably a vert or two and some more ribs.
  20. A little Psuedoglyphea sp. from the Whitby mudstone formation, found at Sandsend near Whitby. A rather rare find due to the carapace and mandibles all being there. Usually you find the odd mandible or legs. It sits proudly in my collection already, and it’s not even been prepped yet. Next month it’s being sent off to be professionally prepped
  21. Here’s one of my rarer finds. Maybe not for the genus itself, but the size. I found this right when I very first started collecting, I took it home, and glued it up. A few months back I was having a clear up, and found it in a draw, not remembering what it what. I then popped it open again to see what was inside, as you can see, it was quite the mess, and was definitely a reverse prepper. Aroun 8 hours later and here she is in all her glory. A 4 inch Pseudolioceras Boulbiense. A rather rare size, usually they come around 2 inches at the most. Hope you all enjoy
  22. Whitby Hildoceras Prep

    A little Hildoceras I picked up recently from Saltwick Bay in Whitby. Unfortunately I didn’t take any before pictures to show. All that was showing was the top of the keel and a small portion of the outer whorl. It’s be no means finished yet, but thought people might enjoy the process so far. Iv prepped out some of the matrix underneath to give the ammonite a floating effect.
  23. I had a great day fossil hunting yesterday! I found my first crocodile vert! Which are even rarer than ichthyosaur verts on the yorkshire coast! Then i found articulated 4 and a half icthyosaur verts! With 3 neurals, will polish up great! It had been a very slow month for finds then i have a fantastic day like this
  24. Pseudolioceras.

    From the album Bobby’s ammonites

    Pseudolioceras lythense Whitby, Yorkshire, UK
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