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Found 3 results

  1. This is a relatively rare member of the marine (Essex) portion of the Mazon Creek deposit. Hesslerella shermani looks to the casual observer to be some type of shrimp. It is actually a marine isopod related to modern day pill bugs. One of the main features that differentiate it from a shrimp is that it lacks a carapace. Other distinguishing characteristics are a rounded head with large eyes. The legs are also similar in length. Hesslerella is one of the smallest crustaceans found in the Mazon Creek deposit. They average around 2 centimeters or less in body length. At the time Hesslerella was described (Schram 1970), it was the earliest known isopod in the fossil record.
  2. Fossil Isopod

    11mm long. Found in Santa Barbara County, near Lake Cachuma, in the Monterey Formation (Miocene). It looks to me like an isopod. I've looked at online databases from the Natural History Museums of Santa Barbara and LA County, and searched the scientific literature, but could not find anything resembling it. I would be very grateful for any suggestions.
  3. Samphire Hoe, Sussex, England

    Samphire Hoe, Sussex is not far from Dover and was created by dumping stuff from the digging of the Channel Tunnel. It is a wonderful nature reserve, has a small shop/café, access to the beach and chalk fossils are easy to find on the surface of the fallen blocks. Mobile phone service is a bit weird as my phone connected and said Welcome to France, but Dutch tourists there had English connection. Good job there is a pay phone. Here are just a few of the bits I took a photo of. Not completely prepped yet but you get the idea of what can be found. Some are micro fossils from the dust as chalk easy to break down or scoop up from the bottom of the cliff. 1 - common foram 2 - Ramulina foram 3 - Tiny tooth next to Tritaxia foram ( let me know if I have got my ID wrong) 4 - Fish scale 5 - Bivalve with encrusting bryozoa 6 & 7 -Onchotrochus serpentinus Corallite overhead view and of one end confirming not a serpula 7 to 9 - What I think is shed isopod skin, NHM could not ID it but then they sent it to the fish department.
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