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  1. I've been looking at my specimens of Acrocoelites trisulculosus from the Toarcian Jet Rock (Mulgrave Shale Member = Falciferum Zone) of the north Yorkshire coast. This is an anoxic mudstone deposited during a prominent worldwide Ocean Anoxic Event (OAE) and, as might be expected, the preservation is very good. A number of them (7 so far) have a thin pyrite layer around the apex. This shows obvious lineation in all of them, mostly oblique to the axis of the rostrum. As pyrite is often associated with soft tissue decay, I strongly suspect that this is preserving muscle texture. The texture is similar to that preserved in some other coleoids (e.g. from Solnhofen). Has anyone else seen this? Comments welcome! EDIT: I may be wrong about the soft preservation - a few well preserved specimens from other localities (though not from here) show similar texture on the calcite. Most belemnites look smooth though. (Comments and photos further down this thread) Just two of the specimens here: No. 1: No. 2: left lateral (with divided dorso-lateral furrow - a little unusual) right lateral
  2. Mystery Yorkshire Fish

    Hello Everyone, I found this eroded partial nodule while on a fossil hunt at Runswick Bay last year. I think it contains part of a fish but I'm not sure of the type. I've had a look at some other Yorkshire fish material, primarily Gyrosteus, but haven't seen anything like it yet. Most of the Gyrosteus material seems to be much bigger then whats in this block. I was wondering if anyone could help me identify what it is, I think I have sections of fin as well as possibly a cluster of ribs eroding out of the block. I've also included an annotated image of the front and back since the material is very difficult to pick out in pictures. I'm sure I have missed a few bits but I drew in everything I can see. Also, is there any way to prep this sort of material? The block is full of calcite veining so I assume manual preparation is near impossible, certainly well beyond my beginner abilities. Any and all information you can give me is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Benton
  3. Insect wing or Cyclopteris?

    I found this fossil today when splitting upper Carboniferous nodules I found earlier this year in West Yorkshire, UK. I can’t decide whether this is a Cyclopteris leaf or an insect wing. I think Cyclopteris leaf is more likely but I’m not sure. It measures 2.5cm long. Does anyone know what this is? Thanks, Daniel
  4. Finding Fossils

    Hey all, Since i'm stuck in lockdown i decided to post a video of some of my finds from the start of the year. Hopefully you enjoy it, there's some interesting finds along the way
  5. Seed preserved on Carboniferous plant?

    I found this plant a few months ago in South Yorkshire, UK. It is from the Pennine Middle Coal Measures formation. Preserved on the plant is an unidentified object which I suspect may be a seed. It seems that the positive side of the object is preserved on the half of the rock with the negative part of the plant. Any help to identify the object would be much appreciated. Thanks, Daniel
  6. This was on a larger block with burrows and I have chiseled it down. I found this on the Yorkshire Coast near Whitby in the sandstone beds where you can find trace fossils including dinosaur footprints. I’ve been told it’s a dinosaur footprint by some people and others burrow marks. Wondered what your thoughts were. thanks
  7. Christmas in Yorkshire

    Me and my family spent the Christmas week up in Yorkshire. They planned to do boring Christmas stuff and I would occupy myself by going fossil hunting or fishing. Whitby itself was gorgeous, with old buildings and plenty to do, as well as lots of fudge shops and freshly smoked kippers... The tides weren’t the best that week with high being around midday and small tides meaning fossil hunting time was limited most days. The closest beach - Sandsend was a five minute drive away. Tried here a couple of times and was rewarded with a few Dactylioceras and a nice Hildoceras which I’m hoping still has the centre. I had the most luck at Port Mulgrave which is about a twenty minute drive up the coast. Now where I live in Suffolk, there aren’t really any hills leading to the beach at all, it’s very flat. However, Port Mulgrave will sort out the physically fit from those who are not so fit. First of all you go down a muddy track with no grip, then you go down maybe 200 or so steps, then a muddy slope with a rope to hold onto where you are near enough abseiling and finally a muddy slope with no grip and taa daa your on the beach. Going to the left I found a nice plant imprint, a bi-valve of which species I do not know, and plenty of Dacts in nodules. To the right of the beach there were nodules everywhere. I must have got at least 50 nice ones as well as lots of broken ammos for the neighbours kids, a few pieces of Jet, Belemnite chunks were everywhere and I kept one nice one that was set in a bit of shale and I also found a couple of nice death blocks full of tiny ammonites. The walk back up the hill was a killer. I stopped three times and must have lost a kilogram through sweating. Overall I had a great week (apart from the fishing, it was rubbish) and now have a lot of ammos to prep.... Thanks for reading!
  8. Here is an ammonite which I found at Port Mulgrave on the Yorkshire Coast in 2017. This is Jurassic aged. My ammonite knowledge is not great, but I think this is Dactylioceras commune. These are very abundant on the Yorkshire coast, so I don’t expect anything uncommon for this. Anything is of interest, especially things which are abundant in your collecting area but not often seen for sale online in the UK, for example Mazon creek Jellyfish. I mainly collect Carboniferous fossils, but I will consider fossils of all ages. Thanks, Daniel
  9. Humanite or bone maybe?

    Ello' all! I found this funky thing and originally thought it might be a peice of pot or some humanite of some kind. But on getting it home and drying it out, it feels too dense for that. It's been pretty heavily sea polished, but the ridge on it looks unusual to me. And the entire peice has a slight curvature which seems odd for a natural formation. It comes from ice age clay, so the context is dubious. What are your expert thoughts? Thank you!
  10. A video I made showing some of my finds from Summer. Hopefully you enjoy. Collected near Whitby.
  11. I am lucky enough to have permission to collect fossils at an old coal mining tip in West Yorkshire, UK. The site is now a woods, but pieces of shale can be found, containing upper Carboniferous fish fossils including sharks and Rhizodonts. At this time of year, collecting is difficult due to the leafs which cover the shale. The vast majority of the shale comes from a mussel band, which as the name suggests, contains abundant bivalves, but generally the fish remains are very small. The exceptions to this are blocks of the mussel band which contain orange coloured bivalves. These blocks seem to contain larger fish remains. However, there is generally no one rock type which is better than the others at this site. To ensure I don't cause any disturbance to wildlife, I don't do any hammering at the site. Instead, I collect promising shale samples and split them at home in search of fossils. When choosing which shale samples to collect, I look for shale samples with a relatively high grain size. I have not split the shale samples yet, but the following posts will contain photos of the site, and two fossils I found at the site today. If I find any good fossils in the samples, I will post pictures on here.
  12. "I've Got the Snitch" Fossil hunter finds 185-million-year-old ‘golden snitch’ with ancient sea creature inside Charlotte Edwards, Digital Technology and Science Reporter, Nov. 18, 2019, https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10369483/golden-snitch-fossil-yorkshire/ Yours, Paul H.
  13. Here is a large crocodile block which I would like to trade in return for an upper Carboniferous British fossil. I found it at Mappleton, which is part of the Holderness coast, UK. This is by quite some distance the best crocodile fossil I have seen from the Holderness coast, and one of the best I have seen from any part of Yorkshire. I collect mainly Carboniferous fossils, and therefore although it is one of the rarest fossils I have in my collection, I have decided I would like to trade it for something Carboniferous. 22 large bones/skutes are visible on the sides, with a few smaller ones. Most of the remains exposed at the sides seem to be skutes, but there are also what appear to be ribs, a large object which may be a skute but I think it’s another type of bone, and what I think may be a limb bone (visible on last photo). As fossils got to the Holderness coast by glaciers, it’s exact geological origin is uncertain, but I strongly suspect it is from the Lias of North Yorkshire. Due to the very large size of the object, I can only trade it within the UK. Thanks, Daniel Wilby
  14. Fossil or Rock?

    Is this a fossil or just a rock embedded in shale? Found it on the beach in Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire. Any help would be much appreciated!
  15. Wood? Bone? Fossil walkie talkie?

    Hello there all! I picked this oddity up last weekend. Since then I've been staring at it and... well... I can't make head nor tails of it. Seems to be soooomething? Found on the Yorkshire coast, along ice age clay cliffs
  16. Coral with odd-boy?

    Hello again! I found this lovely lump of coral today, but it seems to have a bonus weird-boy sticking out of it! Firstly, any idea what kind of coral this is? Rugosa? But then - any idea what the bonus weird thing is? Haha Thank you very much! I'm learning so much from y'all!
  17. Vertebrae ID please

    Hi, This is my first reptile skeletal find, and I'm absolutely thrilled, especially since I didn't expect to find much at the end of the summer. It's from between staithes and mulgrave. I know they're vertebrae X2, however I'm not sure what exactly. They're also in amongst what could be other bits of bone, the top bit looks like some hard outer exoskeleton (scales/shell?) Although it could equally just be the mudstone concretion. Any ideas?
  18. Carboniferous millipede?

    I found this in a coal mining tip in South Yorkshire (UK). It is upper Carboniferous aged. Can anyone identify it please? The only possibility I can think of is millipede. It measures around 1 inch. Thanks, Daniel
  19. The species Hildoceras are a relatively common ammonite along the Yorkshire coast, they were my favourite when I first started collecting, and can range from all sorts of sizes. I have ones that are less than an inch, to 6 inches, though there are people who have found 9 inch monsters. Usually, they’re found solitary in rounded nodules and that’s about it, so last year when I found a nodule that looked like a double I was thrilled! As per, the block was covered in horrible pyrite, making prep a pain in the butt. I finally finished it recently and it’s a beauty. Some really odd colours amongst the pyrite that I can’t say I have ever come across. This one now proudly sits in my collection.
  20. I recently found a rather large Dactylioceras ammonite from Saltwick Bay in Yorkshire UK. If measures around 4.2 inches which is pretty big for the species, although iv seen bigger. It was a reasonably easy prep and the matrix pulled away like it was nothing. Unfortunately there’s a small section missing from the outer whorl, either predation, or compression from fossilisation caused this. Still a lovely specimen. I’ll be posting plenty more soon, Iv been concentrating on building an online store and constantly prepping over the past few months so hardly find the time along with work. Thanks. Dan.
  21. Ovaticeras

    From the album Yorkshire Ammonites

    A largely sized rare Ovaticeras ammonite I found on the Yorkshire Coast. Prepped by my friend @DanJeavs
  22. Whitby Area finds

    Had a couple of hours on a beach in the Whitby area today but tides weren’t favourable. Along with a load of the usual Belemnites, Ammonites and Bivalves I also found these and was wondering A) is the item in pictures 1 & 2 a piece of amber that has been roughed up by the sea? I have heard of people ffinding amber here but am yet to see any. B ) What is the item in the third picture? thanks
  23. Top of a long bone?

    Hello again! I also found this yesterday It was weathering out of the ice age clay along the Yorkshire coast. Definitely rock and as I've cleaned the clay off it's resembling bone - but I'm a totes newbie, so it could well be a geologic quirk! What are your thoughts? Once again! Thank you for the advice! This forum is awesome.
  24. Ooo... is dis bone?!

    Hello - l just found this amongst the loose rocks on the beach. It's a small village on the coast of Yorkshire. And isn't accessible except by scaling the cliff or walking a few miles along the beach. The cliffs here are made of clay deposited during the last ice age clay - so they're a real mix of rock types. This block was pre broken. I saw some light shapes on the reverse and found these when I flipped it over. I want to believe these are vertebrae so bad! But I turn to the immense collective knowledge of the fossil forum What have I got here?
  25. Runswick Bay to Kettleness find

    Had a walk from Runswick Bay to Kettleness and back yesterday, found some nice ammonites, a few belemnites, bivalves etc. Not sure what this is, if anything. Is anyone able to identify it from the pictures? For those unfamiliar with the area it’s close to Whitby, an area known for Jurassic marine fossils
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