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Found 27 results

  1. Gap analysis

  2. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2019/january/a-tiny-fossil-amoeba-is-helping-us-to-understand-how-plants-firs.html
  3. Need help identifying a oddly shaped fossil

    Hi Everyone, I found this fossil in Bearreraig Bay, Skye, Scotland. The fossil is quite heavy for its size which im guesing is because of the stone that surrounds most of it. The specimen is about 10 cm tall and the top is just over 2 cm wide. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Isle of Skye Cretaceous-Paleocene Boundary Site Vandalized Meteorite hunters dig up 60 million-year-old site in Skye BBC News, 20 November 2018 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46262827 Meteor strike site on Skye to be protected by security glass The Press and Journal, November 21, 2018 https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/inner-hebrides/1613765/meteor-strike-site-on-skye-to-be-protected-by-security-glass/ Original news article: 60 million-year-old meteorite impact found on Skye BBC News, 14 December 2017 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-42351959 The paper is: Drake, S.M., Beard, A.D., Jones, A.P., Brown, D.J., Fortes, A.D., Millar, I.L., Carter, A., Baca, J. and Downes, H., 2017. Discovery of a meteoritic ejecta layer containing unmelted impactor fragments at the base of Paleocene lavas, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Geology, 46(2), pp.171-174. https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/46/2/171/525169 https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/143474826.pdf https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrew_Beard https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321762044_Discovery_of_a_meteoritic_ejecta_layer_containing_unmelted_impactor_fragments_at_the_base_of_Paleocene_lavas_Isle_of_Skye_Scotland Yours, Paul H.
  5. very old news

    LINK A Peach*:Monograph of the Higher Crustacea of the Carboniferous Rocks of Scotland memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain/Paleontology Published : 1908 *EUHHH:unintentional pun? 5,12 Mb,or thereabouts Localities:Glencartholm,Granton "editorial note": Granton is a bit of a lagerstatt,but curiously enough I'm somehow hesitant about adding that to the tags
  6. Ludwigia Murchisonae

    From the album Bobby’s ammonites

    Ludwigia Murchisonae Isle Of Skye UK
  7. Fossil Identification Please

    Hi experts, my daughter is going through a Dinosaur phase so i took her to Kingsbarns beach in fife, Scotland to hunt for fossils. Alas we did not find a an intact tyrannosaurus or a complete fish fossil, however we did pick up a couple of potentially interesting rocks. I would be most grateful if you could advise what they are. The first one (2 photos) we hope might be a tooth and the 2nd possibly a fern root (i did a wee google,). Thanking you in advance for your time and knowledge, the forum is a wonderful resource, thanks for sharing, regards Scott.
  8. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6078665/First-dinosaur-footprints-mainland-Scotland-left-Long-necked-sauropods.html https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/new-dinosaur-footprints-are-first-evidence-of-prehistoric-beasts-on-scottish-mainland_uk_5b7ac640e4b018b93e95fd96?guccounter=1&guce_referrer_us=aHR0cDovL2MubmV3c25vdy5jby51ay9BLzk1MDk4Nzc5MT8tMTcwMTI6MzE3Nw&guce_referrer_cs=IiuhhI65aC5Eez4WyhZbfg https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-45246169
  9. Hi, I found these while pulling apart loose shale eroding from the rockface at the Lady's Walk Shale, Scotland. Be interested for any thoughts...! Can upload better pics if needed.
  10. Isle of Skye, Scotland Fossil hunting on Scotland's Isle of Skye – the "real Jurassic Park" CBS NEWS, June 21, 2018, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dinosaur-fossil-hunting-in-scotland-real-jurassic-park-isle-of-skye/ Dickinson, North Dakota Public has fun in the dirt at public fossil dig in Dickinson, North Dakota. By: Steve Kirch, My ND Now, Jun 23, 2018 https://www.myndnow.com/news/dickinson-news/public-has-fun-in-the-dirt-at-public-fossil-dig-in-dickinson/1257277888 North Dakota Geological Survey Paleontology 2018 Fossil Digs https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/digs/ Fossils in North Dakota (FIND) Newsletter https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndfossil/kids/ Yours, Paul H.
  11. Identification assistance

    Total amature here. Found this unusual stone in a local field in The Scottish central belt area near a river. It is a heavy stone with weird curves on either side and a sort of glaze on these side surfaces. Seems a bit weird and unlike any stones I have seen in the area. It is reasonably symmetrical but not 100% - but wondering if some of that could be down to erosion . The outer side has a few unusual small pits. Interested to hear any opinions. Fully prepared to just go back to my day job. :-)
  12. Bone or Fossil

    Hi, everyone! Got a strange one for you and would appreciate any helpful advice! Found in a cave in Scotland. Would have normally considered it a cranial fragment due to the rough texture on the flat side, but the strange, raised honeycomb/chain pattern on the other side is throwing me off. Not necessarily versed in fossils so figured this would be the place to go just to check for that. Photo is a bit misleading, btw - it’s a dark brown colour. Sorry for the lack of photo scale, used a 1p coin which was all I had on me.
  13. Hunterian Museum and Fossil Grove

    On the last day of our Scotland tour we were in Glasgow so naturally I had to check out the Hunterian Museum located within the University of Glasgow and Fossil Grove in Victoria Park. The museum isn’t just a natural history museum but it had quite an impressive collection of smaller fossils (it’s not a large museum at all). Fossil Grove was very interesting, though I wish it was a bit bigger and had a couple of souvenirs we could have purchased. I think I spent maybe 10 minutes in the building, which was cool and damp and a nice respite from the heat that was building up outside. It was fun to imagine the whole city once being covered by these trees and the giant creepy crawlies that would have inhabited the forest.
  14. Dinosaur Remains of Scotland

    Scotland has a lot to offer including good Scotch but when it comes to dinosaurs it's close to the bottom of that scotch barrel. The attached article reviews the meager and extremely rare middle Jurassic remains that exist. The Isle of Skye is the only place that have produced these remains. http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/8/2/53/htm
  15. Alien Minerals Discovered at Ancient Meteorite Strike Site in Scotland by Katherine Hignett, Newsweek, Dec. 15, 2017 http://www.newsweek.com/skye-meteorites-alien-mineral-749103 60-Million-Year-Old Meteorite Impact Zone Discovered on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Sci News, December 15, 2017 http://www.sci-news.com/geology/meteorite-impact-scotlands-isle-of-skye-05539.html “A team of geologists has found 60 million-year-old ejecta from a previously unknown meteorite impact on the Isle of Skye, northwest Scotland. This is the first recorded mid-Paleocene impact event in the region and is coincident with the onset of magmatism in the British Paleogene Igneous Province.” The open-access paper is: Drake, S.M., A.D. Beard, A.P. Jones, D.J. Brown, A.D. Fortes, I.L. Millar, A. Carter, J. Baca, and H. Downes, 2017, Discovery of a meteoritic ejecta layer containing unmelted impactor fragments at the base of Paleocene lavas, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Geology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1130/G39452.1 https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/525169/discovery-of-a-meteoritic-ejecta-layer-containing Yours, Paul
  16. Saw this on a well known auction site, described as a dinosaur footprint from Scotland. Is it such a thing? I can't see anything that looks remotely like a footprint, I'd have dismissed it as geological, but this isn't my area of interest. Any thoughts?
  17. Need help, fossil or natural?

    Hi, I recently found this in Fife, Scotland. The stone was already damaged when found, is this fossil or natural? more views will be uploaded
  18. Lasanius problematicus TRAQUAIR, 1898

    Life reconstruction of Lasanius problematicus, from Wikipedia Commons, own work of Nobu Tamura. Lit.: Brugghen, van der G. 2010. — New observations on the Silurian anaspid Lasanius problematicus Traquair. FossilQuarry Articles No.1. www.fossilquarry.org, May 2010. Lasanius problematicus.pdf Volume 16: Fossil Fishes of Great Britain Chapter 2: Silurian fossil fishes sites of Scotland Site: BIRKENHEAD BURN (GCR ID: 394) Fossils from Lesmahagow
  19. From the album Vertebrates

    Lasanius problematicus TRAQUAIR, 1898 Middle Silurian Birkenhead Burn Lesmahogow inlier Lanarkshire Scotland UK New observations on the Silurian anaspid Lasanius problematicus Traquair.pdf BIRKENHEAD BURN GCRsiteaccount394.pdf Fossils from Lesmahagow
  20. Loganellia scotica, TRAQUAIR, 1898

    Pictures: Loganellia, swimming in a shallow sea 400 million years ago. From Wikipedia, own work of Darouet. Traquair's original reconstruction in dorsal view Lit.: Volume 16: Fossil Fishes of Great Britain. Chapter 2: Silurian fossil fishes sites of Scotland. Site: BIRK KNOWES (GCR ID: 359) Žigaite· Ž. & Goujet D. 2012. — New observations on the squamation patterns of articulated specimens of Loganellia scotica (Traquair, 1898) (Vertebrata: Thelodonti) from the Lower Silurian of Scotland. Geodiversitas 34 (2): 253-270.
  21. Birkenia elegans TRAQUAIR, 1899

    The Anaspida are classically regarded as the ancestors of lampreys. They were small marine agnathans (Greek, "no jaws") that lacked paired fins and often scales. They first appeared in the early Silurian and flourished until the late Devonian. Birkenia was a derived form of anapsid that grew to a maximum length of about 10cm. The Anaspids were simple dorso-laterally compressed fish that probably led a bottom-dwelling existence. It was adapted for active swimming and had a sucking mouth that was terminal rather than ventral. Birkenia has a characteristic row of anterior and posterior pointing dorsal scales. The gills opened as a row of holes along the side of the animal, typically numbering from 6-15. The tail is hypocercal which means that the lower lob is the longest. Traquair reconstructed Birkenia upside down because he never met this condition in a fish before. Many important collections of Silurian arthropods and vertebrates have been made near Lesmahagow since the mid to late 1800's. The Lesmahagow Inlier is a block of Silurian sediments surrounded by sediments of Carboniferous age. The inlier consists of shales and sandstones with occasional pebble conglomerates of a lagoon or lake. The sediments are thought to be of Llandovery (Silurian) age. This fish is from Slot Burn SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), now off-limits to all collecting due to overzealous collecting. Lit.: D.L. Dineley: British fossil fish and amphibian sites, Chapter 1 GRC site account Slot Burn GRC site account Birk Knowes GRC site account Birkenhead Burn Henry C. Stetson, A Restoration of the Anaspid Birkenia elegans Traquair. The Journal of Geology, Vol. 36, No. 5 (Jul. - Aug., 1928), pp. 458-470
  22. Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land, BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38186397 Evolution: First four-legged animals to walk on land found in 20 million year gap in fossil record, International Business Times UK – http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mystery-20-million-years-missing-fossils-solved-five-new-species-1594933 The paper is: Clack, J. A., C. E. Bennett, ad many others, 2016, Phylogenetic and environmental context of a Tournaisian tetrapod fauna. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, Article number: 0002 (2016) doi:10.1038/s41559-016-0002 http://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-016-0002 Yours, Paul H.
  23. Microbrachius dicki TRAQUAIR, 1888

    Lit.: Volume 16: Fossil Fishes of Great Britain. Chapter 6: Mid-Devonian fossil fishes sites of Scotland. Site: JOHN O'GROATS, CAITHNESS (GCR ID: 353) Long, J.: Origins of copulation - ancient Scottish fishes did it sideways, square-dance style.
  24. Fife PHO PHUM

    I posted this because East Kirkton lit. is rare. It is relatively short,and is a careful analysis of the "Faziesverhaltnisse" ,diagenesis and taphonomy of this famous site. Biotic content: amphibia/"tetrapods"/plant taphonomic mode: silicification Significance:"silicification" and "vertebrate" aren't found in the same sentence often Rolfeetal1990.pdf
  25. Lit.: Cater, J., Briggs D. & Clarkson E. (1989): Shrimp-bearing sedimentary successions in the Lower Carboniferous (Dinantian) Cementstone and Oil Shale Groups of northern Britain. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences. Issue 1, 1989, p. 5-15 Schram, F. (1979): British Carboniferous Malacostraca. Fieldiana, 1979, Vol 40, p. 1-129 Volume 16: Fossil Fishes of Great Britain, Chapter 9: British Carboniferous fossil fishes sites Site: CHEESE BAY (GCR ID: 2916) Clark, N.D.L. (2013) Tealliocaris: a decapod crustacean from the Carboniferous of Scotland. Palaeodiversity 6:107-133 Jones, W. et al.(2016) The Proof is in the Pouch: Tealliocaris is a Peracarid. Palaeodiversity 9(1):75-88. 2016 https://doi.org/10.18476/pale.v9.a5