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  1. Ammonite prep advice

    Hi, found a couple of nodules, thought this one had a small Ammonite in, went to remove a bit of the bulk and found a larger one insure, you think I best prep around the outside first to expose the entire Ammonite then work inwards or you think worth tapping to remove more bulk ? Thanks.
  2. Hi all I would like to show some of my favourite ammonites from my collection. 1. Dactylioceras toxophorum and Harpoceras Isle Skye uk 2. Dectylioceras Toxophorum with Bivalve Isle of Skye uk 3. Calcite Dectylioceras in a pebble Isle of Skye uk 4.Harpoceras Falciferum Ilminster Somerset uk 5. Promicroceras in a fragment of Caenesites Lyme Regis uk 6. Parkinsonia Parkinsoni Sengenthal Germany 7.Ceratites sublaevigatus Germany 8. Pseudolioceras, P.lythense Whitby Yorkshire 9. Polished Cleoniceras Mahajanga, Madagascar 10. , Bajocian? Ammonite from Burton Bradstock, Dorset, England 11. Stephanoceras and Belemnite Natural Association 12. Echioceras Radstock, Somerset. Uk 13. A close up of number 4 14. Chalk Nautilus Beer Head, Dorset uk 15. Dactylioceras Cf Athleticum with a worm tube Ilminster Somerset.uk 16. Hildocerss Lusitanicum Ilminster Somerset 17. Lytoceras Crenstum with a Belemnite and Shells Northampton
  3. Hi, thought would have a little look/dabble with this as been in a box a while, the top always looked like it would pop straight off, looks like this is the case but spines on the opposite side are still fully in tact but I think the fracture runs straight through, do I "peel" off the top and prep the spines out to add later or attempt to prep around the spines, either way the top will lift off, cheers.
  4. My ichthyosaurus collection

    Here is my small ichthyosaur collection. I keep all my fossils in 19th century draws as it fits with our living room which is a Victorian cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkammer. Paddle basioccipital
  5. Found this heavy lump today, first I thought it was an Ammonite keel but noticed the strange pattern so was thinking more like coral ? Anyone seen anything like it ? Was from Yorkshire coast, thinking possibly 190 myo give or take a few million, thanks.
  6. Ammonite ...

    Found this on the Yorkshire coast, is that a perfectly positioned bivalve or you think it could be the living chamber ? Thanks.
  7. Title says it all really. Can anybody help? @abyssunder @doushantuo @Fruitbat Thanks!
  8. Tips on a few finds

    Hi everyone, I'm looking for a bit of help with 3 finds from this weekend that I have 0 idea where to start with (bear in mind short of crinoids, trilobites, ammonites and belemnites I've not seen very much). All of these come from Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey, UK. Lower eocene, London Clay formation. The first was recovered from the shorefront, the last two were found in-situ in the cliff face (loose, no hammering was required to remove them). This first one looks really exciting to me and for some reasons when I saw it I thought "turtle" but truth is I have no idea where to place this. The second one looked like a tooth to me, just an irregular shape I guess. As a piece broke off I can now see the interior structure and there is a clear layer of mineral/crystalline deposit on the surface, but beyond that I can't distinguish anything. This is likely to be nothing, but still I'd prefer to hear it from someone that has a better idea. The last one is probably the most exciting and puzzling of all as it is quite large. The curved shape and striated structure of this drew my attention to it and I decided to remove it from the clay and take it home for a closer look. Turns out I was right as there is definitely a hollow structure that I was able to reveal. As to what this may be, I could only guess as a large gastropod perhaps? Your mind races to stuff like dinosaur claws/horns/etc with some of these (very mature of me, I know), but it would be really interesting to hear any guesses that might fit the location. More importantly I would really like some advice on how I could extract the fossil from its matrix as it still has quite a lot of hardened clay around it and after going at it for an hour with a toothbrush and very tentatively with a small knife trying to pry off the clay, I decided to leave it alone for fear of damaging it. Thank you in advance for your patience and any questions that might help with suggestions I will try to answer as quickly as I can (if I can :))
  9. Bones, fossils, or just rocks...?

    Hi, I was walking along the shoreline north of Robin Hood's Bay earlier today (East Yorkshire, UK). I'm no expert fossil hunter by any means, but in a short period of time I managed to find a few fossilised Ammonites and various other sea critters. The area where I was walking is quite famous for its large deposits of fossils. Robin Hood's Bay is a tiny town with only 5 shops, 2 of them are fossil 'museums' with quite impressive items on display that have been found in the area. I'm aware that none of this information changes whether what I found was bone... or just a large rock... but it did make me wonder.... In the attached photos you can see the items which I discovered. They were initially covered by the local black clay/mud, which came away after quite a bit of hammering with a large rock (again, I'm no expert fossil hunter!). They were directly beneath a large rocky outcrop, at the right level/strata which local guide books indicate fossils are most likely to be found. Based on these pictures, can anyone tell me if these are bones/fossils? I'm more than happy to donate these to the local museum if they are genuine specimens. The location I found the items, the way the edges are curved and fit into each other and the fact they were found in the same kind of clay/mud that other fossils are found in lead me to question whether this was something a bit special... Thanks, Mark
  10. Three productids with most of their spines intact, showing that they looked like hedgehogs. I haven't identified them further largely because I can't see the shells properly. (Edit: likely to be Echinoconchus or similar echinoconchid - see below) These are from a Brigantian (Mississippian) mudstone in NE England, Co.Durham. 1) About 6cm across 2) Interior brachial valve showing spines projecting around the edge from behind. About 3cm across. 3) about 4cm across:
  11. My first prep: unknown rhaetian tooth

    I was sent a chunk of material from the aust bone bed of the U.K. by @JohnBrewer (thank you very much!) to practice some prep on, mostly for the large bone and coprolites. I was also told to soak the material in vinegar to get all the little microfossils. I've gotten started by breaking off some chunks (I haven't gotten the acetone for my consolidant yet so I'm not touching the bone just yet) and soaking them in concentrated vinegar (30% acetic acid I believe, strong stuff). After an initial soak I saw this little guy poking out the surface. I saw the opportunity to prep and got right to work (being the forgetful procrastinator I am, I haven't bought a new scribe yet so for the first half I used a blunt dental instrument, the next fourth using a sowing needle, and the last with the needle duct taped to a piece of metal). Here are some pictures of the prepping process. I at first got excited thinking it was a plesiosaur, but I doubt that because of its size (6mm). It's hollow, and has striations similar to the carinae of a crocodile (don't think they have those there). Severnicthys is one possibility I stumbled upon. Opinions are welcomed and encouraged!
  12. Dino flesh and skin fossil?

    Hi all, found this fossil, thought it was tree bark or sediment layers until i turned piece over. Looks to be a skin and soft tissue fossil, has small (approx 1mm) scale like bumps on front face, and what appears to be a meeting point to bones, possibly ribs on rear, with a distint layer between resembling a muscle layer. Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, B.Davies
  13. Another trip to Wrens Nest

    Had a great day out with Candace and Nick @thelivingdead531 @Barerootbonsai Friday 20th. Here are a few of my finds, I’ll post the hash plates when I’ve photographed them. We all got a great variety of finds, here are some of mine. I’m sure Nick and Candace will add to this thread.
  14. Found this today on Yorkshire coast, (wet in the photos) it's the pattern on the one side that intrigues me, any ideas ?
  15. Out hunting again and came across this ... print or geological ? That is the question, thanks.
  16. Air grinder kit

    Hi, anyone recommend a good air grinder kit ? Want to start putting nice finishes to some fossils, loads of kits on Amazon pretty cheap, any tips with grinding ? Thanks.
  17. Hi, I have these two same sized Hildoceras, I'm thinking one is a Juvenile as can see the mouth border and one is a large one that has broken, would this be correct and would you say both specimens are the same ? Thanks.
  18. Ripple marks

    I have had too much time on my hands and have been looking at this forum to much. I started to see fossil every where. I found some ripples bed fossil in the Wirrel in the uk. But can anyone see anything else hear. Thanks you for all your great help as always. Bobby
  19. Pliosaurus

    Estimated 160 mya.
  20. Lobster tail style fossil ?

    Out hunting this morning, opened up a slab of shale and this was inside, looks like a lobsters tail to me but could be anything in this game, found on Yorkshire coast, thanks.
  21. Mammal Tooth for ID

    I picked up this tooth from Bouldnor Beach on the Isle of Wight in the UK a couple of years ago. It is from the Bouldnor Formation and is earliest Oligocene, about 33 million years old. I'm confident it comes from a mammal of some kind, a rooted canine but that's as far as i've got. To provide some context the site has produced a number of pig-like anthracotheres (the most common mammals), carnivores like Hyaenodon, entelodonts, early primates like Leptadapis, the rhino-like Ronzotherium, deer-like forms and various others. Can any of the mammal people offer their thoughts? @Harry Pristis? Unfortunately the crown is almost completely worn away which i know is a huge detriment to identification. It measures 3.8 cm long, but of course would have been longer with the crown intact.
  22. Fossil Wood? Or something else?

    Hi all, I recently found this on a trip to the Jurassic Coast at Dorset and have been intrigued by this find, i'm not an expert on fossil identification and was wondering if there was anything significant about this fossil. it strikes me as being either fossilised wood or an infilled burrow of some kind, however the shine, shape and downward strikes are leaving me somewhat puzzled. i would be grateful for all your potential ideas as to what this could be.
  23. I'm not sure if this has been posted before. But I just found this cool page and found that it has a lot of very useful reference for identification. So I thought I'd share the link. On here you can just browse through their collections. They have some high quality photos. http://data.nhm.ac.uk/dataset/collection-specimens/resource/05ff2255-c38a-40c9-b657-4ccb55ab2feb?view_id=6ba121d1-da26-4ee1-81fa-7da11e68f68e
  24. If anyone would like to visit Wrens Nest near Birmingham ( in the UK) on a mutually convenient date sometime in the next two months I'm happy organise it. Wrens Nest is Silurian and an incredibly productive site, you WILL go home with LOTS of finds. The hash plates here are spectacular. You may find a trilobite or two too, at least two species can be found there to my knowledge. Common finds are crinoid bits, branchiopods, social corals, bryozoa many in great condition. These look spectacular on hash plates. Pieces of sea bed are easily found with beautiful texture and often have fossils on them. Less common are solitary corals and trilobites. Its a family friendly area even for very young ones with several beautiful walks suitable for youngsters and wheelchair users as well as more demanding walks. Partners/spouses not interested in palaeontology will, I'm sure, enjoy the area. If you're interested can you add your name as a response to this thread and pm me for my email. I'll then send emails back copying in everyone (if anyone wants to come along of course! If not I'll go on my own ) and we can work out a date. Link to to my recent trip report Cheers John
  25. Hi rock heads Last weekend I was teaching in London which gave me the opportunity to break the journey up by stopping off 2/3 of the way home to Manchester at Wrens Nest. Wrens Nest is situated in Dudley, a town close to Birmingham in the West Midlands, UK. Wrens Nest is the best and productive Silurian site in the UK. Here's two maps of the location Not often you find a site of this size and quality bang in the middle of a large town! There are are three options for parking, the actual car park (which was locked as a UK public holiday. Or The Caves pub next to Wrens Nest. Or the road. After a two minute walk I was in the national park. No hammers are allowed or needed! Here's the Silurian sea bed. It's cordoned off as there are regular rock slides revealing another layer of sea bed. Cool huh?