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  1. Hey everyone, a few weeks ago I came across this strange object in an Upper Carboniferous, Westphalian bone bed in the Midland Valley of Scotland. This bed is full of bones, teeth, scales, coprolites etc. and is especially rich in Holocephalian tooth plates and Rhizodont bones but this object has me totally stumped, the material its made from has more of the appearance of a tooth plate than bone from this formation but I cant find anything like it. Its 14mm long. Any ideas greatly appreciated! Regards, Sam
  2. Megalichthys Linocut Print

    On finding a Megalichthys scale fossil from the Late Carboniferous in my local stream I designed, carved and printed a lino-block of the carnivorous freshwater fish. In the same slab of rock that the scale was found were Lepidodendron and Calamites fossils that would have been deposited at the bottom of the coal swamp. I would like to have thought of this fish hiding in the murky waters alongside these plants and I based my reconstruction on this. I plan to do a series of three including Rhizodopsis and Rhabdoderma, alongside their respective surrounding vegetation. Credit where credit is due the general proportions and pose of the fish are based on a reconstruction by ДиБгд as seen on Megalichthys' Wikipedia page.
  3. Rhabdoderma Scale ID

    I have a fish scale from the Pennine Middle Coal Measures Formation from North Cumbria (Cumberland Coalfield), UK. Found in the local stream, where there have only ever been 4 fish found, I have found all of them- Rhabdoderma, Rhizodopsis, Megalichthys & Platysomus. Attached is a photo of a scale; that I think is from Rhabdoderma. (The width of the scale is around 5mm [width as in from across from bottom left to top right of scale] Does anyone have any idea about taking this identification further- perhaps down to a species level? Thanks, Tom
  4. Paleobiology Database: Coseley near Dudley Anderson, L. (1997): The xiphosuran Liomesaspis from the Montceau-les-Mines Konservat-Lagerstatte, Massif Central, France. N.Jb. Geol. Palaont. Abh. 204, 3, pp 415-436, 1997.
  5. Hi. Here is a guide to collecting fossils from the British Coal Measures. I will update it often to make it more useful for those wishing to learn about the Coal Measures. The British Coal Measures is Upper Carboniferous aged- approximately 310 million to 315 million years old. It's split into three main sections- the Lower Coal Measures (the oldest), the Middle Coal Measures and the Upper Coal Measures (the most recent.) In the Upper Carboniferous, the UK had a tropical climate, with forests containing dense vegetation. Sometimes, the sea levels increased, causing flooding, which made marine bands. There are many different fossils to be found in the British Coal Measures- Insects, Myriapods, Arachnids, Plants, trace fossils, Crustaceans, Amphibians, bivalves, Brachiopods, fish (including sharks), the occasional trilobite, Goniatites and a few other fossils. Where to find fossils in the British Coal Measures - Streams often cut through various rock types, including mudstone which isn't often exposed in old quarries. - There are few sites which contain coal mining waste these days but they contain some very nice fossils. - Old quarries usually have outcrops of Sandstone, which often contains plant stems and trace fossils. - Coastal locations have plenty of material to search through and various rock types can be found. A geology map is useful to check if the site which you plan to visit has Coal Measures rocks. If the site you plan to visit is on private land remember to get permission to visit from the land owner. Which rock types contain fossils? There are a few rock types which contain fossils- Sandstone- Sandstone often contains plant stems and trace fossils. The sand grains don't preserve fossils very well, so the fossils found in sandstone don't usually have fine detail. Also, the sandstones were formed in flowing rivers, so, for example if a plant fell into a river, the soft parts would have got separated from the harder stem, so usually only the stem can be found. Although they're quite rare, Trigonocarpus seeds can be found. Coastal locations, streams and old quarries are good places to look for fossils in sandstone. Fossils found in Sandstone- 1/2- Calamites stems 3/4- Artisia stems 5- Trigonocarpus seeds 6- Fossil burrow
  6. Silligaria?

    From the album Plants

    Silligaria? Carboniferous, coal measures, Offerton, UK
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