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Found 54 results

  1. Megaonychites, form genus for the giant hooks that some belemnites have been shown to carry as a pair. By analogy with modern coleoids, they were probably carried by the males and used as mating claspers. This is a fairly large one at 3.4cm (the range is 0.5cm to about 4cm). It most likely belonged to a large Acrocoelites trisulculosus, by far the most common belemnite in these beds. Very rare in the UK but more frequent in the equivalent Holzmaden Posidonienschiefer. I've only seen one other from here - a partial - and that was mine until I gave it away thinking at the time it was a fish bone. (It was a long time ago... ). A recent acquisition from the usual auction site. (Found by a knowledgeable friend so the stratigraphy is good.) Mulgrave Formation ("Jet Rock"), Toarcian Stage, Lower Jurassic, near Whitby, Yorkshire, UK.
  2. Bone?

    Can someone tell me if i just found my first yorkshire bone?
  3. Worn ammonite whorl?

    This caught my eye today. It's probably just a very worn ammonite section, but i picked it up just incase.
  4. Please could anyone suggest what this is? I'm assuming fish, with little (less than 1mm) white spherules that might be teeth or denticles. From the Jet Rock (Mulgrave Shale Member) - a Lower Jurassic, Toarcian shale at least partly deposited in anoxic waters. Near Whitby, Yorkshire, UK. (Acquired in an auction as an extra with another fossil that I really wanted so I'm just curious really, I know little about fish!)
  5. Belemnite Phragmocone

    Is this a belemnite phragmocone? I found this today in yorkshire.
  6. Just got back from a week fossil hunting trip in North Yorkshire. It's fair to say it was pretty productive! Lots of nodules still need to be popped open!
  7. Today i visited saltwick bay, the beach right next to famous Whitby. I parked at the holiday park at the top, had a cup of tea and made my way down the steep steps. The beach is great, good for dog walking and fossil collecting! The cliffs are massive and the pictures do not do it justice to show how large they are. It is also constantly eroding even while i was stood there. So it’s probably wise to spend as little time under them as possible. It’s rarther scary really. I had lots of great finds, my favorite find of the day is the hildoceras on the left. Others included multiple ammonite nodules and a Belemnite phragmocone. Another great place to come if you’re in the area!
  8. Today i finally visited port mulgrave. It was wet, sludgy and foggy. I had looked forward to visiting this place for ages. I parked at the top and then begun the long slippery climb down. The ladders are pretty steep and it’s a long, wet climb down but it’s worth it for crazy fossil hunters like us. Once at the bottom and you climb down the ladder to the beach ammonites are everywhere, i found two right next to each other (bottom left picture). I was very pleased to find a good belemnite and it came out without breaking! It seems you’ll always find things here, But the hardest part is getting back up the cliff with a bag full of fossils. Here are my finds from today! A very productive site! Thanks for reading
  9. Today i visited runswick bay. I’ve been to this beach before and it’s lovely. There is a nice big car park, toilets and a cafe for a cuppa. These photos show the view from near the car park. When we arrived there wasnt many people on the beach but it soon got busier and the car park was near full when we left. Sadly i didnt find very many fossils but i did find two dacs. We met a photographer down on the beach who didnt have much luck finding anything so we gave the bottom ammonite to give to his young son. Another great, dry day. Still looking for my first reptile find though.
  10. Sandsend, Yorkshire

    I decided to have a steady walk to sandsend today. There is a large carpark and then we walked towards the left up some steps. If you want a sandy beach you can go to the right (no fossils here though) After a 15 minute walk you come to an old tunnel (bottom right) You do not go through the tunnel and go down the steps on your right. (Top) near the bottom these steps are very steep espeically with a bag full of fossils. Once on the beach i spent a good few hours looking around. The only people i saw on the beach were fossil hunters, others just go to the easy access sandy beach i think I found alot of bone or wood? Maybe you guys can tell me if any is bone. I found lots of nodules, but they are very hard and I had no good breaks on the beach. But notice the nodule on the left, hopfully its a nice one. The little ammonite on the top right is on a nice nodule also. Overall a great day out, and the rain stayed off until i left!
  11. Possible coral fossil?

    I’m on a fossil hunting trip and have arrived at my wondeful cottage in the north yorkshire country side. Today has been my travel day to the location so no fossil hunting sites have been visited. But my cottage has lots of different stones outside similar to this, probably brought from elsewhere. is it a coral?
  12. Yorkshire Tide

    I'm heading to Whitby tomorrow for a week of relaxation and fossil hunting around the multiple beaches. Is it recommended to arrive an hour after low tide? I'll be spending 3-4 hours each day there max. I don't want to waste time waiting for the tide to go back out before i start collecting if possible.
  13. Are these IDs correct?

    I just got all these fossils in bulk and was wondering if these IDs are correct. Sorry for the long post. The IDs came mixed up so please correct me if you see any that are wrong. All collected in Yorkshire. Hildoceras Bifrons with shell structure showing? Hildoceras Bifrons on a small nodule Hildoceras Bifrons with some pyrite. Arnioceras Block Catacoeloceras Grammoceras Large Repaired Pseudoloceras Pos and Neg X2 Eleganticeras Androgynoceras Boneblock with Ichthyosaur ribs and verts on the side.
  14. Hi all, Is this a shark tooth? I found it in the red chalk at Speeton, Yorkshire. It’s about 1cm in length. Thanks! Gillian
  15. Hi all, Can anyone help me identify these belemnites from Speeton? They were found in the rare Kimmeridge Clay beach exposures, all in situ. The first is a stunner at 19cm long and has no distinguishing features. The second is about 12.5cm long and has a deep groove running from the tip to about halfway - is this cylindroteuthis? The third is smaller, at 8cm long, and you can just make out a similar groove (but shallower) down half of its length from the tip. Many thanks! Gillian
  16. Bone ID from Speeton, Yorkshire

    Hi all, Was wondering if anyone could help identify this from Speeton. I’m pretty sure it’s a chunk of partially pyratised bone. It was found lying on top of the Kimmeridge Clay beach exposures (but not directly in the clay, so i guess it could have washed up from anywhere). Could it be from an ichthyosaur or plesiosaur? Would love to know roughly what sort of bone it is. It’s longest side is about 5.5cm in length. Would very much appreciate any help with identifying this. Many thanks! Gillian
  17. Irridecent dactylioceras.

    From the album Jurassic stuff uk

    Dactylioceras ammonite with iridescence on the body chamber, yorkshire Uk.
  18. From the album Jurassic stuff uk

    Lytoceras, port mulgrave, yorkshire Uk.
  19. belemnite battlefield?

    Funny story with this one, these are from a hunt from about a year ago. I put my bag in the washer and when taking it out this fell out. Lucky it survived after a wash. These are very small ones if they are belemnites.
  20. Can anyone identify this

    Found this on the foreshore at Kettleness yesterday (where incidentally there were far less fossils than I have ever seen there a dozen times or more) As anyone any idea what species it is? Apart from this only a couple of the usual Dactilyoceras Peter Ryder
  21. Ichthyosaur Boneblock

    We found this boneblock on Yorkshire coast, we spent 12 hours walking over rocks, mud etc as well as climbing ropes in the rain up cliffs, we visited port, runswick and Kettleness, followed cleveland way back as high tide but ended up taking a wrong turn and a huge detour round the old railway line before heading back to the beach through 8" mud down a thin track, tide was too high to pass so after a short while we found a little opening in the undergrowth that led to a path that took us to freedom, good job we took our head torches as was pitch black, oh the joys, backpack was getting heavier & heavier as the hours passed, today we rest, anyways... looks like a huge humerus with other bits in there, will post more photos later when I'm alive, what you guys think ? Alan.
  22. An upcoming event for all Jurassic World fans https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2482987/sir-david-attenborough-to-open-yorkshires-jurassic-world/
  23. G'day all! After three years since my last visit to the UK, i finally returned in December 2017 for another massive collecting trip across England. This was my most ambitious tour of the UK's Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrate deposits thus far, with 20 days of collecting across ten different locations. These were (in chronological order from first visit): Abbey Wood in East London Beltinge in Kent Bouldnor on the Isle of Wight Compton Bay to Grange Chine on the Isle of Wight Lyme Regis to Charmouth in Dorset Aust Cliff in Gloucestershire Saltwick Bay in Yorkshire Kings dyke in Cambridgeshire Minster in Kent Tankerton in Kent. If you went collecting at any of these places in the last month, there's probably a 25.6975% chance you saw me looking very intimidating hunched over in my hooded rain jacket and muddy pants 14 of those collecting days were back-to-back, a new record for me, though it was very tiring! Having just come from the hot Australian summer, winter collecting in England was certainly a challenge at times and my fingers and toes froze to the point i could barely feel them on multiple occasions. Temperatures for many of the days reached 0 degrees celcius or below, with ice on the ground around me and even snow falling while i was trying to collect! I also went out during the middle of the night to collect using a head torch on some occasions (mainly at Bouldnor) due to the tidal conditions and bad weather which prevented collecting during the day. All in all i am certainly pleased with how the trip went, i was successful at all locations with the exception of Tankerton. For some of the locations (Aust Cliff, Kings dyke, Saltwick Bay) it was also my first and only visit, so i'm glad i still managed to do well with no prior experience at these sites and with such limited time at each. I have tried to write this trip report not only as a means of showing you guys my finds but also to provide an informative overview of some of the better locations for Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrates across England for others who might be planning similar trips. Anyway, here are the results! Pictures will be spread across the next 12 posts due to file size restrictions. Abbey Wood - East London (6/12/17, 30/12/17 and 31/12/17) Formation: Blackheath ('Lesnes Shell Bed') Deposit Age: 54.5 million years (Eocene) Fossil Diversity: Sharks, bony fish, chimaeroids, bivalves, gastropods, rare mammals, turtles and crocodiles This was one of only two inland locations i visited (the other being Kings dyke). As i have found, the majority of the UK's easily accessible fossil collecting locations are coastal! Abbey Wood is an excellent location just 45 minutes on the tube from central London. It is situated in a park called the Lesnes Abbey Woods and there is a small collecting area that is open to the public for shallow digging (see my first two pictures below). You definitely need a sifter, shovel and basin of water at this location to have any real success. Be warned though that once you combine the fine Blackheath sediments with water during sifting you get some pretty gnarly mud so expect to come away from this site looking like you've just been rolling around in the dirt. I'm sure i got some interesting looks from people on the tube going back to London it was all worth it though, as every single sift load produced at least one shark tooth across the three days i visited. Very impressive considering the number of obvious holes dotted around the ground from years worth of other collectors visiting. It should be noted though that the mammalian material from this location is of high scientific importance, and collecting here is allowed on the condition that any mammalian finds be brought to the attention of and handed in to specialists like Dr Jerry hooker at the Natural History Museum in London. I didn't find any such material on my trips unfortunately. Here is the designated collecting area. The statue at the front is of Coryphodon, one of the rare Eocene mammals that has been found at the site. The full haul of shark teeth from three days of sifting in the collecting area. Most are from Striatolamia and Sylvestrilamia. I gave up trying to count them once i got past 100 Some of the other fishy bits that often turn up during sifting, including guitar fish teeth on the far left and two dermal denticles (Hypolophodon sylvestris), one gar pike fish tooth in the middle (Lepisosteus suessionensis), one shark vertebra down the bottom and unidentified bony fish vertebrae on the right. I don't typically collect shells, but i picked these up for the sake of adding a bit more diversity to my Abbey Wood collection. These are bivalves and gastropods of various species. The molluscan diversity from this one location is actually quite impressive. Beltinge - Kent (7/12/17 and 29/12/17) Formation: Upnor ('Beltinge Fish Bed') Deposit Age: 56.5 million years old (Paleocene) Fossil Diversity: Sharks, chimaeroids, bony fish, rays, turtles, crocodiles, bivalves, wood This is my favourite shark tooth collecting location in the UK and probably my favourite that i have visited anywhere so far. The shoreline directly opposite the access point at the end of Reculver Drive in Beltinge is loaded with teeth and dare i say it's impossible to come here and walk away empty handed. The shore however is very flat so there is generally only about a two hour window of time that collecting can be carried out here, one hour either side of low tide. Conditions can also vary depending on how sanded over the shore is, whether the Beltinge Fish Bed itself is exposed and how low the tide drops. However even on a poor day you will still find teeth here, just not as many! I experienced this first hand as the first day i visited on December 7th the conditions were excellent. The tide dropped quite low, there wasn't too much sand covering the clay and the Beltinge Fish Bed was exposed. This allowed direct in-situ collecting of teeth from this rich layer and i ended up with something like 240 teeth from just a couple of hours of looking. The second visit i made on December 29 of the same month was almost the exact opposite. It's amazing how quickly these coastal locations can change! The shore was largely sanded over, the fish bed was covered and the tide didn't drop anywhere near as much. I was out about the same amount of time as the first but only managed 69 teeth (only ). Keep these things in mind if you are planning a visit. Luckily though i didn't just find shark teeth, i also managed to locate some of the other less common finds as you will see below! Here is the area of shoreline that produces teeth, photographed on December 7th. It was quite cold and rainy! Three teeth sitting next to each other as found. More as-found shark teeth. This one made me quite excited when i saw it. It's a large piece of chimaeroid fish jaw and mouthplate coming straight from the Beltinge Fish Bed itself (the darker, dull-green sandy clay in this picture). Beltinge is continued in the next post.
  24. Hello all! I'm wondering, if there are any fossil sites in the UK with fossil shark teeth. I know in UK there are tons of places with ammonites, but what about shark teeth? As long as it's shark teeth, I want to find it. But if there's megalodon teeth in UK, I'd spend days looking for one. Any ideas where to find shark teeth in UK? Thanks for all replies!
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