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  1. A lucky find has revealed evidence of dinosaurs in Scotland outside of the Isle of Skye for the first time. A single bone, thought to belong to a Stegosaur, was quite literally stumbled upon on the small Scottish island of Eigg. The bone, measuring 500mm, is believed to be from the Middle Jurassic (166 myo). Read more at the BBC here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-53917742
  2. Bicknell, R.D. and Pates, S., 2019. Xiphosurid from the Tournaisian (Carboniferous) of Scotland confirms deep origin of Limuloidea. Scientific reports, 9(1), pp.1-13. open access A related paper is: Bicknell, R.D., Pates, S. and Botton, M.L., 2019. Euproops danae (Belinuridae) cluster confirms deep origin of gregarious behaviour in xiphosurids. Arthropoda Selecta. Русский артроподологический журнал, 28(4), pp.549-555. open access Alternative file of above paper Yours, Paul H.
  3. Fossil Noob in need of assistance!!

    Hiya!! Fossil Noob in need of assistance!! Sorry in advance for not having a ruler, I will make sure I get one! I found these two rocks sitting on the river bed, the hot weather means the river is shallow at the moment. They were found in a village called Rosebank near Glasgow on the river Clyde, which I've been told is apparently in the carboniferous belt across central Scotland. Any tips, pointers or advice would be greatly appreciated as I would love to learn more. My own research has not really pointed me in any direction and these might be nothing! Stay safe everyone!
  4. Found in Scotland . I have no idea about fossils and so I guess I’ve just picked up a rock but thought the markings are unusual and the hole at the end. If not a fossil , would love to know how it has formed thanks
  5. Got out to one of my favourite Blackhall Limestone sites in the Midland Valley of scotland for the first time in a while last week and made a few finds I was really pleased with. Found my smallest jellyfish so far at 25mm across (I'm told examples as small as 8mm have been found), a well preserved example of a Penniretepora sp. bryozoan for this site (thanks @TqB for the ID! ) and also a couple of teeth that still need some prep. A few months back at the same site I got another nice example of a Poecilodus jonesi posterior tooth plate that I never got round to posting here so here it is too, its 12mm across.
  6. Is this a Dipterus lungfish

    Hi all, I am getting this fish fossil but I want to make sure it is indeed a Dipterus lungfish fossil Seller says it's from Achanarras Quarry of Thurso, and it measures 15 cm long May I have your thoughts on it? Thank you
  7. Scientists find oldest fossil of a land animal Millipede-like creature lived in Scotland 425 million years ago, Thomson Reuters, Jun 01, 2020 https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/oldest-land-animal-1.5592917 M. E. Brookfield , E. J. Catlos & S. E. Suarez, 2020, Myriapod divergence times differ between molecular clock and fossil evidence: U/Pb zircon ages of the earliest fossil millipede-bearing sediments and their significance, Historical Biology Received 26 Feb 2020, Accepted 27 Apr 2020, Published online: 15 May 2020 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341358567_Historical_Biology_Myriapod_divergence_times_differ_between_molecular_clock_and_fossil_evidence_UPb_zircon_ages_of_the_earliest_fossil_millipede-bearing_sediments_and_their_significance_Myriapod_diver https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341420627_Myriapod_divergence_times_differ_between_molecular_clock_and_fossil_evidence_UPb_zircon_ages_of_the_earliest_fossil_millipede-bearing_sediments_and_their_significance https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elizabeth_Catlos https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08912963.2020.1762593?journalCode=ghbi20 Yours, Paul H.
  8. The pictures show the front and back of a small slab of stone (approx 6in x 6in x 0.5in thick). I have no experience of fossils and so am completely in the dark with this. The stone was on the stony beach which was exposed due to low rainfall - it would ordinarily be under water in a small stream about 2m wide. The pattern is 3D - as if the dark areas within the lighter lattice-type lines have been slightly hollowed out (perhaps only by 0.5 mm). A friend guessed that they may be plant fragments. The stream runs close to an area in Scotland frequented by Druids many centuries ago, as well as being the site of a Roman marching camp (Circa 54-55BC). I wondered if the stone had been carved rather than imprinted or shaped by weathering. I'm afraid I'm not a photographer, but if on first sight the stone seems worthy of further inspection I have a friend who is a professional photographer and can easily have better images uploaded. Also, can only upload the 'front' - which is the more interesting side, due to Mb limit. Once again, I can get my friend to cut the byte size and upload more images if this is of interest. Kind regards, David
  9. I have my eye on them, but I thought I'd check first. First is labelled as a small carnivore Gralkator/Coelophysis from Scotland late Triassic to Early Jurassic. Matrix is 220mm x 77mm The 2nd pair is again small carnivore but from Hampton County USA, early Jurassic. Thanks
  10. I went fossil hunting at Tillywhandland quarry on Turin hill, Scotland today and found a complete Mesacanthus mitchelli fossil. It is probably the best one I have found yet. Both the head and tail are present. The head is so well preserved you can see both the gill rakers and eye socket.
  11. Dinosaur fossils from the mid Jurassic are generally rare but the Isle of Skye in Scotland has revealed fossils sites preserving around 50 footprints on ancient coastal mudflats. The footprints suggest that Stegosaurs and possible ancient cousins of duck billed dinosaurs were living in the Isle of Skye around 170mya along with large Sauropods & Carnivores, suggesting a high diversity of dinosaurs from the mid Jurassic in Scotland. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200311140536.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ffossils_ruins%2Fpaleontology+(Paleontology+News+--+ScienceDaily) The Journal article is listed below and is open access https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0229640 1. dePolo PE, Brusatte SL, Challands TJ, Foffa D, Wilkinson M, Clark NDL, et al. Novel track morphotypes from new tracksites indicate increased Middle Jurassic dinosaur diversity on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. PLOS ONE, 2020
  12. Last week I went back Caithness area of Scotland in the hope of finding some more Devonian fish fossils. I spent 3 fossil hunting at Achanarras and 1 day hunting at Holborn head quarry. The most productive site I went to was Achanarras quarry. I found fossils of 5 different species of fish.
  13. A couple of summers ago I found what is maybe my favorite Mississippian/Lower Carboniferous Visean shark fossil in Fife, Scotland and with some time off over the holiday season and pretty grim weather I've finally got round to prepping it When I found it there were three damaged but very near complete large Saivodus striatus teeth, the root minus the central cusp of either a smaller S. saivodus or possibly a Cladodus mirabilis and a partial unidentified spine. I've exposed and restored the three big teeth to make them look complete again as best I can for now and exposed the rest of the root of the smaller one but will leave it as is along with the spine. Unfortunately I cant find the original pic of it as found but originally the tooth on the far left was missing the tips of the lateral cusps and the central cusp from about half way, the middle tooth was missing about half its root and one lateral cusp, and the tooth on the far right was missing a chunk out of one side including the lateral cusp and the opposite lateral cusp. I used resin for the restoration which I carved and then painted with water color and acrylic paints and finished the cusps with a coat of gloss varnish and the roots with matt varnish. I'm fairly happy with the restoration, it does seem to look quite a bit better in real life as photos seem to show up the restoration a lot more. The teeth are on a nice big block I've cut a base on in a thin layer around what seems to be a ball of clay with calcite infilled septarian cracks again, there's a few different types of invertebrate such as bryozoans, crinoids, brachiopods and a nice coral which I love finding teeth with as it gives them context. The block is 14cm tall and the teeth are all 2cm x 2cm.
  14. Clubmoss Rootstock?

    While waiting for my rock pick to arrive (I'm a noob), I went for a recce to a site in Fife in Scotland, on the coast of the Firth of Forth. I gather the site is carboniferous limestone. While mooching about trying to work out how to tell the difference between rocks and fossils, I spotted this... And an oblique view... The regularity of the dimples is what caught my attention. The dimpled surface is pretty flat, and there are no similar features on any other surfaces. It was lying loose, roughly in the area shown here... In other words, at the boundary between the high tide mark and the dryer stuff. I didn't need to clean it or anything - the photos show it in the condition in which it was found. A bit of searching afterwards leaves me thinking that it's a fragment of clubmoss rootstock (Stigmaria Ficoides). Does that sound about right?
  15. fish or turtle bone ?

    Another find from Helmsdale, Scotland (Jurassic). Looks kind of familiair but I wonder between some kind of fish bone or maybe turtle? Also there seems to be a tiny surprise next to the bone.
  16. tiny bone from Scotland

    Hello, This was found in Helmsdale, Scotland. Jurassic sediments. Tiny bone wich apears to be hollow (filled in sediment). What do you think?
  17. Isle of Skye / Scotland

    Hello everybody So next week I'm off to Scotland for vacation. We will fly to Glasgow, drive around the highlands and go back by ferry and train (Newcastle -> Amsterdam -> Munich). I also will be on the Isle of Skye and have a full day there. Does anyone have some informations regarding Skye and fossil hunting? Where are the best places and for what should I look? Can I collect legally there? Since I will not fly back, but take a boat, it's easier to bring back some fossils I can't bring much equipment with me, so what essential tools would I need there? Any help is welcome. Thx!
  18. Scotland's First Jurassic Mammal

    Scotland's First Jurassic Mammal - our paper is out! Elsa Panciroli, July 24, 2019 https://giantsciencelady.blogspot.com/2019/07/scotlands-first-jurassic-mammal-our.html the paper is: Panciroli, E, Benson, R, and Luo, Z-X. 2019. The mandible and dentition of Borealestes serendipitus (Docodonta) from the Middle Jurassic of Skye, Scotland. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2019.1621884 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02724634.2019.1621884 Yours, Paul H.
  19. Biggest Meteorite Impact in the UK Found Buried in Water and Rock https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190610085903.htm https://www.livescience.com/65679-biggest-meteorite-impact-uk.html https://www.space.com/scotland-biggest-meteorite-crater-uk-discovery.html The paper is: Kenneth Amor, Stephen P. Hesselbo, Don Porcelli, Adam Price, Naomi Saunders, Martin Sykes, Jennifer Stevanović and Conal MacNiocaill, 2019, The Mesoproterozoic Stac Fada proximal ejecta blanket, NW Scotland: constraints on crater location from field observations, anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility, petrography, and geochemistry Journal of the Geological Society, https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2018-093 https://jgs.lyellcollection.org/content/early/2019/05/09/jgs2018-093 https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/jgs/article/570411/the-mesoproterozoic-stac-fada-proximal-ejecta Yours, Paul H.
  20. Gap analysis

  21. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2019/january/a-tiny-fossil-amoeba-is-helping-us-to-understand-how-plants-firs.html
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. Ludwigia Murchisonae

    From the album Bobby’s ammonites

    Ludwigia Murchisonae Isle Of Skye UK