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  1. Very large Carboniferous caniniids can be spectacular - here is an 8cm section of Siphonophyllia ?cylindrica from Benbulben Mountain, Sligo that I just acquired for a small amount in an auction (nobody else wanted it, surprisingly!). Also a pair of pieces from a very similar species, from the Sligo coast - another bargain from a while back, probably Siphonophyllia samsoni which is slightly later. (Both are Asbian stage, lower Carboniferous). They can be up to a metre or so in length. I must go there one day! (Section photographed submerged - the hand held shot shows the difference in clarity from this method, as well as the size.) scale bar 1cm (I think the section shots are worth clicking to magnify.)
  2. Can anyone ID this fossil please?

    Hi, I really don't know too much about fossils but I found this on my farm in Co. Laois, Ireland. It was in a wooded area and my farm is about 100 metres above sea level. Thinking it could be a lepidodendron from googling things, however I'm really not sure. Attached are pics of the fossil. Thank you in advance!
  3. I found this on an island beach on the south west coast of Donegal, Ireland Any help in identifying would be greatly appreciated I have no experience at all
  4. Hi all - complete newbie here. Just wondering could anyone provide identification of this fossil creature. Source: a stone in a loose open dry wall typical of farms in the west of Ireland Location: Athenry area, County Galway, Ireland Notable feature: there is a one cm deep depression above the segmented component Many thanks in advance. https://postimg.cc/y3R0H6RW EDIT: Image posted here so it will remain long after the off-site link goes dead. -Ken
  5. Picked it up as a White stone, but it shouts fossil, has perfect symmetry.
  6. ID a fossil

    Hi, Found this in Galway in the West of Ireland. It appears to be a limestone that was part of an eroded bank. I really know very little about fossils and a totally uneducated guess is an algae fossil. Thanks for any help. Dave
  7. Need id help. Gastropoda??

    Any information on this pair appreciated. foto 1. 15mm by 10mm. foto 2 25mm by 6mm.
  8. Rock or Fossil ??

    Pseudofossil ??? The brown base absorbs water or repels wont stay wet? all thoughts appreciated. Foto3 base.
  9. Loughrea find

    Hi. week ago i found this one along bryozoans and crinoids of namurian age. gastropods and goniatites are also abundant in this location. Any ideas?
  10. Need a name for this plant family??

    Is the small plant in picture 2, the seedling version of the other plants?
  11. Animal or plant??

    This item has me well baffled, appreciate any input. Thanks.
  12. Coral family???

  13. ID of goniatites / ammonoids

    The Namurian cyclothems in West Clare, Ireland originate in an environment of delta systems which deposited sediments in an offshore basin (Clare Basin) and are referred to as the Central Clare Group. There are five cyclothems comprising marine bands (conventionally considered to form the ‘base’ of each cyclothem) and upwards coarsening fine-grained and sandstone sediments. The five cyclothems are named (from oldest to youngest): Tullig, Kilkee, Doonlicky, Cyclothem IV, and Cyclothem V. The marine bands contain - among other fossils - index fossils in the form of ammonoids (goniatites). These index fossils are used to determine the stratigraphy of the cyclothems. Central Clare Group marine bands and goniatite index species (youngest at top) Cyclothem V top - R2c1 - Reticuloceras superbilingue alternatively Bilinguites superbilinguis (Bisat, 1924) Cyclothem V base - R2b - Reticuloceras wrighti alternatively Bilinguites metabilinguis Cyclothem IV base - R2 - Reticuloceras bilingue alternatively Bilinguites bilinguis (Salter, 1864) Doonlicky base - R1c - Reticuloceras reticulatum Kilkee base - R1b3 - Reticuloceras stubblefieldi alternatively Phillipsoceras stubblefieldi Tullig base - R1b2 - Reticuloceras nodosum My problem is the differentiation between these goniatite species in the field. Some of them look quite similar - to me - and in addition, they are preserved as very compressed, often crushed shells. At one location, they are firmly incorporated into concretions which appear to have dried out at some time, showing polygonal cracks filled with calcite; very handsome but even more difficult to identify. Under this topic, I have grouped images of goniatites by location and added information regarding the goniatite species recorded on the Geological Survey Ireland Spatial Resources website for each location. Any help with identification is greatly appreciated! So the first batch of images from Seafield beach, near Quilty village, County Clare, Ireland is in my collection 'ID of goniatites / ammonoids - Seafield'. The Geological Survey Ireland Spatial Resources website records Reticuloceras superbilingue, Reticuloceras bilingue and Reticuloceras stubblefieldi for this location. But which is which in the images?
  14. Carboniferous Irish Fossils?

    I found this fossil in a County Mayo in Ireland. I looked over a geology map of the locality and best I could deduce is that this maybe from the Carboniferous. Any thoughts?
  15. Hunting at Malahide Beach

    Hi everyone! During the X-Mas/New Year holidays my family and I went to Dublin (Ireland) to celebrate the New Year there (we don't enjoy NYE in The Hague much lol). Obviously, seeing opportunity to go hunt at a new location, I did some googling around and found an accessible location not far away from Dublin: Malahide Beach. LINK It's a Carboniferous location, an age that I'd never hunted before and had very few fossils of, so I was looking forward to it. We got there in the early afternoon and started looking for stuff immediately. The spot where we arrived didn't have any of the rocks that I was expecting, so we couldn't find any of the Carboniferous fossils just yet. However I noticed some small dark-grey cliffs further along the beach, so we decided to head there by walking along the coastline where there were a lot of shells to be found. While most of them are definitely modern, some of them remind me of the fossil specimens that are found in Zeeland (namely some of the Arctica islandica fragments). Here's our shell haul of the day: I don't think any of them are actually fossilized, but I'll do some research just to make sure. From approximately left to right, we have: Pecten maximus, Nucella lapillus, Dosinia exoleta (?), Euspira catena, Spisula solida, Cerastoderma edule, Gari fervensis, Aequipecten opercularis, Scrobicularia plana, Mimachlamys varia, Ostrea edulis, Lutraria lutraria, Zirfaea crispata, Acanthocardia tuberculata, Arctica islandica, Anomia ephippium, Buccinum undatum, and some kind of fish bone (skull piece?). I was particularly happy with the Gari fervensis, I have a bit of a soft spot for that species As we were collecting shells the sun was quickly setting on us, so at some point we decided to hurry up if we wanted to actually get to the fossiliferous spot of the beach. We got there when it was already getting kinda dark...
  16. Ireland's Carboniferous Fossils

    The strange creatures that lived in Ireland millions of years ago, RTE Radio, Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1113/1090543-the-strange-creatures-that-lived-in-ireland-millions-of-years-ago/ 385-million-year-old footprints in Co Kerry represent turning point in evolution, Michael Dorgan, Irish Central, June 7, 2019 https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/valentia-island-tetrapod-footprints Yours, Paul H.
  17. Is this a fossil?

    Hi folks, I found this on Killiney Beach in Dublin, Ireland. I usually find fossiliferous limestone there full of crinoids and corals and other fragments. This caught my eye but I have no idea what it is. Any thoughts anyone? Sorry for the use of a 1 pence coin as a scale here, I just saw that using coins is not ideal but I am back in Ireland and the piece is at my home in London where I took the photos. Sylvana
  18. Fossil ID help needed!

    My son found this fossil on the beach in Bundoran, Ireland over the summer. Can anybody help us identify it? Thanks!
  19. Spanish Point Ireland

    Kicking rocks near Spanish Point Ireland and ran across this item. I believe the area is Carboniferous but not sure where some of these rocks rolled in from. What is this barrel looking item hiding inside the large rock? Geological with some odd features?
  20. Miltown Malbay

    Am curious if this is fossilized wood or something geological? Found near Spanish Point just outside Miltown Malbay in Western Ireland.
  21. Bone Identification

    I was walking around a rocky beach west of Galway and spotted this. It looks like a bone, fairly light-weight, and seems like it was hollow in the middle. I couldn’t see any spongy texture, but I’m almost positive it’s a bone. If anyone has an idea of what it is/what it came from, I’d love to hear it.
  22. Headed to Ireland at the end of this week. Staying on the Shannon area and spending the majority of the time and activity on the western coast. Any tips for fossil hunting any the area? Any restrictions I need to be aware of? Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Im really asking because I had no success last year and am hoping to avoid a similar experience this time. Don’t get me wrong - The trip is amazing with or without fossils.
  23. A possible Coral?

    This rock was found on the beach in Sligo, Ireland. I think is part of a coral fossil but I am not sure,
  24. A possible Coral?

    Found this stone in the beach in Sligo, Ireland. Is this some kind of a coral?
  25. Ireland Generalized Geologic Bedrock Map

    PDF Format: Geological_Map_of_Ireland_Whittow.svg.pdf