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Found 47 results

  1. Pit 11 Poychaete Identification Help

    Hi all, this is one of the polychaete worms from the batch of Pit 11 concretions I'm working on. From what I can see of the conical jaws it most closely resembles Didontogaster corydylina but the jaws blend a bit together and aren't as distinct as some other specimens I've found. The body profile seems a little off (no swollen front section for one) so I wanted to ask for second opinions. Am I getting too hung up on the profile of a body that could just be more outstretched? I appreciate everyone's thoughts.
  2. I’m in the ‘it’s just a rock’ camp but that 1% of me is saying well it looks weird to be just a rock. What do you guys think? It’s flinty / cherty and what I would expect a beach pebble to weigh. It was found at Walton on the Naze in Essex U.K. which is famous for sharks teeth, fossilised wood and the occasional bird bone. Just a rock, right?
  3. Hi. i have found hundreds of sand shark teeth, several Mackerel Shark teeth and one Meg contender From this site but this very worn tooth does not seem to be similar enough to match my existing specimens. Can anyone help? it was found among the shingle to the north of the Naze towards Stone Point on the beach at Walton on the Naze, Essex, UK Apologies for the poor scale for non U.K. residents. The coin is approximately 2.3cm. The tooth Is fairly worn, thin and flat. Thanks in advance and if it’s too worn for an ID, no worries. It’s just nice to find something different!
  4. Walton-on-the-Naze Trip

    Went to Walton-on-the-Naze on the Essex coast about a week ago with my boyfriend now that we’re allowed out again. We weren’t too successful, I think the unusually dry weather we’ve been having has meant little erosion and not much tide activity to bring fossils to the beach. However we (ok, my boyfriend) did find a nice Striatolamia tooth and two disarticulted bony fish vertebrae which unfortunately have a lot of pyrite matrix attached. These were from the London Clay, Eocene, ~53MYA. I picked up some nice Glycimeris bivalves and some other gastropods I can’t identify (any comments welcome) from the overlying Red Crag which is Pliocene ~3MYA.
  5. British Megalodon Tooth

    Hello, I've just been given a megalodon tooth by a fisherman from Essex. He tells me that he found it on his local beach (Harwich) and because he isn't really interested in fossils, it was gathering dust in his shed and he was happy to give it to me. British megs of this quality are basically unheard of... My question is, is it possible that this is a British meg? I have no reason to think he was lying, but if that's the case, this tooth is unbelievable for the location! Cheers!
  6. West mersea Pleistocene fossils

    Hi guys, these teeth are most likely Pleistocene due to the presence of glacial deposits at the top of this beach, the teeth are also heavily mineralised so although teeth found here could be modern, these should be fossilised 1.partial horse? 2.massive horse no idea to species 3.?
  7. There are 5 pectinoida (scallops) that can be found in the Mazon Creek deposit. Aside from Aviculopecten mazonensis, all are uncommon to rare. Dunbarella striata is commonly found in Pennsylvanian aged black shales but fairly rare in the Mazon Creek deposit. Like all Mazon scallops, they are only found in the Essex (marine) portion of the deposit. It has a relatively round shell compared to the much more common Aviculopecten. I actually collected this first specimen on March 1st 2020 (opening day for collecting). It just split open this evening and is the largest example that I have seen.
  8. Archisymplectes is an enigmatic worm from the Essex portion of the Mazon Creek Deposit. It is always preserved as just a color difference within the concretion. Specimens are nondescript preserving a basic worm shaped body without segmentation or any other obvious structures. Some specimens preserve an everted proboscis. This proboscis is what led the original author to classify it as a Nemertean or ribbon worm. There are no clear Nemerteans known in the fossil record however there are possible candidates dating As far back as the Cambrian. Ribbon worms are fascinating creatures and hold the distinction of being possibly the longest animal known to exist. One specimen was measured at 197 feet while being less than an inch in circumference. This measurement has been questioned as their bodies are quite stretchy which makes measurements difficult. Their proboscis fills with fluid and shoots out of the oral cavity similar to the finger on a rubber glove. This is used to capture prey. Most modern ribbon worms are predators feeding fish, crustaceans, Gastropods and other worms. Some Modern ribbon worms are poisonous containing tetrodotoxin which is the same poison as in some pufferfish. Sections of the body can break off when stressed. Many ribbon worms have the ability to regenerate. It is possible to chop up a ribbon worm into many pieces forming new smaller individuals. It has been estimated that If cut up, one 6 inch worm could form as many as 200,000 individuals. Archisymplectes is rare in the Mazon deposit.
  9. Chitons are the most primitive of all living mollusks. They belong to a class called Polyplacophora (bearer of many plates). There lineage extends as far back as the late Cambrian. There are over 430 described species in the fossil record. Almost all are only known from individual body plates or valves. The Mazon Creek deposit is one of the only sites in the world where complete examples have been collected. Modern chitons have changed little from Glaphurochiton concinnus. The basic chiton body plan consists of 8 valves made of Aragonite. The front plate is named the cephalic plate and the rear plate the anal. The plates have fine ornamentation which is a key feature in differentiating species. Modern chitons can roll into a ball when threatened. The muscular body is known as the girdle. This girdle is covered with tiny spicules that are sometimes preserved on Mazon specimens. Most modern chitons use this girdle to attach themselves to rocks. To feed, the animal has a radula that can have over a hundred rows of denticles. Each row consists of 17 each. Most modern chitons attach to rocks and feed on algae. Glaphurochiton was a mud dweller feeding on detritus. Like all chitons, Glaphurochiton is strictly marine and is only found in the Essex portion of the deposit. Glaphurochiton is rare but 2 concentrations of chitons have been found. The areas have been termed “chiton hills”. It has been noted that modern chitons have a homing ability to return to there same resting spots despite lacking eyes. This first example is the largest chiton that I am aware of that has ever been found in the Mazon Creek deposit. Not including the skirt, the animal measures 70 millimeters. The typical size is usually between 30-40 millimeters.
  10. Mazon Creek Research Help

    Hello, I am a local undergrad geology student working on a research project dealing with Mazon Creek's Braidwood and Essex Biota. As part of this research, I am required to collect specimens and data on both of these assemblages present. I have been informed that any access to the Fish and Wildlife areas in the Mazonia-Braidwood South Unit is prohibited due to the Illinois DNR's indefinite closure of all fish and wildlife areas, so I am taking this time to research and inquire about access to both assemblages for future reference. That being said, my questions are as follows: Are there certain areas within the public access sites that I should specifically be searching within that may contain a large diversity of specimens available for collection? Are there any landowners within the Braidwood Biota that are easy to contact and willing to allow people to collect on their land? Are there any public access sites to the Braidwood Biota or to the Mazon River itself for collecting? Are there any papers or articles I can reference that may aid me in my research? Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer!
  11. Fossil horse tooth

    Is this likely to be a fossil tooth from the age of the London Clay. Rather than a modern horse tooth? Found at Maylandsea beach. Many thanks for advice!
  12. Help with ID please!!

    I found this today at Walton-on-the-Naze, UK. It’s pretty small and I’m really struggling with identifying it. Might be something cool but maybe not even a fossil? It was found on the beach and is likely from the London clay (Eocene - Ypresian stage). It’s really common to find plant matter in this, I came away with loads of fossilised wood. So I’m thinking possibly some sort of plant fossil? Maybe a seed or something? Was also thinking it might be a coprolite or something like that but it’s fairly uniform in shape. It’s a little damaged and shows what seems to be clay infilling.
  13. The Mazon Creek Deposit is known for many enigmatic creatures. Esconichthys is one of them. The animal has a tadpole shaped body with a usually well preserved pair of eyes. Some specimens preserve 2 pairs of long external gills. Muscle segments called myomeres are sometimes present on laterally preserved specimens. What makes it unusual is that it does not have paired fins. It was originally suggested that Esconichthys may be a larval lungfish or possibly an amphibian. Later studies have stated this is unlikely without offering an alternative placement. Due to the presence of external gills, it is believed that these are likely a larval stage. The largest specimens known can reach almost 8 centimeters. Early collectors referred to these animals as blades or grasshoppers based on their general shape. They are the most common vertebrate found in the Mazon Creek Deposit. Specimens are only known from the marine (Essex) portion. Esconichthys was named to recognize the Earth Science Club Of Illinois (ESCONI).
  14. This next species is the second most common animal found in the Essex portion of the Mazon Creek deposit. While there are over a dozen described bivalves found in the Mazon Creek deposit, Mazonomya is by far the most abundant. It is restricted to the Essex (marine) portion of the deposit, where in some areas have been found to make as much as 70 percent of all bivalves collected. At one collecting site, these clams are so common the area has been nicknamed Chowder Flats. Despite the abundance of specimens, Mazonomya was not formally described until 2011. For years it had been misidentified as a type of bivalve named Edmondia. Current research has shown it is actually a Solemyid. Before formal description, Mazon collectors referred to these bivalves as clam-clams due to the fact that they are often preserved in a death position with both valves opened. Mazonomya is the largest clam found in the deposit . While quite rare, specimens have been found over 4 centimeters in length. preservation can be excellent and in some cases, soft tissue can be preserved. Specimens have been found with preserved “death trails”. Solemyids are still found today in oxygen poor and sulfide rich marshes. This first specimen is the largest in my collection. The valves measure almost 4 centimeters. There is also some evidence of the hinge ligament (soft tissue) between the valves.
  15. Jaw? bone from Essex UK

    Hello, I found this mystery bone along the Burnham on Crouch river in Essex, UK. Any idea what it could be? Eocene and Pleistocene deposits in the area. Thanks. Jay
  16. Hi all, This limb bone was found along the River Crouch in Essex, UK. Pleistocene and Eocene deposits in the area. Any ideas where it could have come from? Thanks. Jay
  17. Hi everyone. I found this at high tide washed up on a beach in west mersea island, Essex recently. I know that this area and up towards Walton on the Naze is London clay and forms part of the red crag formation which dates back to the Pliocene period. The tide was pushing in from East to West at the time. I’m uncertain as to what animal (presuming herbivore) it is or if the tooth is complete. could anyone identify this for me please and if so is this a fossil from around Pliocene era or just part of a fresh carcass that’s ended up in the sea. There is no agricultural grazing within the area in which any livestock could have wandered off and ended up getting onto the beach and drowning. I can only upload two photos due to data size so will try to add the rest via linked threads (any other suggestions on how to upload all 6 pics at once would be appreciated) thank you for any help you can give.
  18. Hi. I found this on the beach equidistant between Clacton on Sea and Holland on Sea, Essex. There are ice age deposits as well as red crag finds. Many have been dredged from the sunken Dogger Land. Any idea what animal this may have come from and what limb end this is please?
  19. First Ever Vert

    this is hardly worth posting in comparison to what other put up here but i was so happy to find this little one yesterday! I went on a little adventure on sheer impulse yesterday afternoon down to the Essex coast and found myself landing in Walton-On-The-Naze. Apart for the vert if found a fair amount of what i think is wood and crab fragments, not a 100% on the crab bits but i haven't got around to rummaging through my books to find out yet. Also come across a few odd bits that i have no clue as the what they are, some i found on the shore and one bit up by the crag cliffs. I'll post a photo below, if anyone can point me in the right direction ill be greatful, the area is Caenozoic.
  20. Shark teeth Identification

    Are all of the teeth from the same species( striatolamia)? Or you can see some other shark species teeth? Found at walton on the naze UK
  21. Is this a coprolite?

    Do you think this is a coprolite? i found it at walton on the naze (essex)
  22. Hi there I found this vertebra on the beach here at Walton on the Naze, Essex, UK. Unusually it was found on the sandy beach near the pier rather than the usual spot near the cliffs. Anyway, from the little I know is it right to assume that shark vertebrae have regular bony connections in the profile, Ray vertebrae tend to be smooth in profile and bony fish have irregular profiles. Is this generally true or am I way off the mark? Given that, is this a bony fish vertebra rather than shark, and if so is there any way to pin it further down to a given species? thanks in advance, Carl
  23. Hi there, i found this today within the shingle at Walton on the Naze in Essex, UK. The usual teeth found here are striatolamia and Otodus but in humble opinion this doesn’t appear like any of those. Dare I say more like carcharocles (is that spelled right?) I’m trying to not get too excited but any help would be appreciated.
  24. sian

    hi totally new to this,but go to Walton on the naze uk for kids to find sharks teeth at the beech .they picked up this and have no idea if at al a fossil..
  25. Hi all, my wife found this impressive vertebra on the beach at Walton-on-the-Naze this morning. Apart from it being from a bony fish, is there any way of narrowing down the species? It is from the London Clay deposits (Ypresian / early Eocene).
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