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Microfossils from the Isle of Wight

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Brittle Star

Hello,

This is my first post of this forum and I would like to show you some of my unidentified macro plant spores and vertebrate remains found in residue from fallen bits of plant debris bed picked up at Yaverland IOW, photos were taken under AmScope  USB microscope, hope you like them. Still to experiment with the Toupview stacking software, watch this space.

The Albaneretontid jaw holds nine teeth, this is the one I hope to get my stacking software working on. I have thrown in a close up of a termite coprolite apparently they have not changed in shape (hexagonal) for 75 million years. These are so abundant in the plant debris bed residue you end up ignoring them after a while. The rest I have not identified yet and are actually mega spores I believe. Also I found a tiny insect wing on the surface of some Bembridge limestone and a section of reed from a different piece. This is why the Isle of Wight is such a special place for me.

albanerpetontid 3.jpg

sandown termite coprolite 1.jpg

sandown seed 3.jpg

sandown seed 4.jpg

sandown seed 6.jpg

sandown seed 9.jpg

sandown seed 13.jpg

sandown seed 19.jpg

sandown seed 14.jpg

sandown seed 15.jpg

THNE-004A Insect Wing.jpg

THNE-007 Plant.jpg

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Fossildude19

Very interesting micro fossils!

Your pictures look pretty good, to me. :) 

Thanks for posting these. 

Regards,

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Brittle Star

Thank you for the encouragement, spores are pretty flat, jaws not so much, hope to post more micro stuff I do draw the line at bacteria not going to go that small. As micro/macro (where to draw the line) fossils are specialised it is really difficult to ID the things though, not much information on line either. Watch out for my Oxford Clay stuff.

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old bones

Very interesting finds! Excellent pictures, too. I especially like the jaw with teeth! I look forward to seeing more of your finds.

 BTW, welcome to the Forum. :)

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doushantuo

Hi and welcome to this forum.

As someone who knows what "trilete" means: what do you mean,exactly,"not much online" ?

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Brittle Star

My photo number 4 shows an example of 'trilete' I also know the meaning.  My meaning of 'not much on line' is if you search for fossil spores, mega spores, etc you do get some photos and web sites to help but not as many 'helpful' images and information as say ammonites or gastropods, more people know about those than micro fossils, I do have copies of some papers which help for one or two of what I have, it is still difficult to definitely say that what you see on a page is what you have in real life. Would love to find a book on the subject it would make life easier. If you can point me in the right direction any help would be much appreciated. I would like to find out for myself and learn how to ID what I have. 

Thank you for the welcome.

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Brittle Star

Thank you for the pdf link, I see pollen, interesting, will read it later,  I do not think I go down to pollen magnification with my setup, I have to be able to pick stuff up with my tweezers, they are very fine and great for my use, get mine from a model boat shop in Cornwall, I do not think I have seen pollen at all, maybe I have but not recognised it for what it is.

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Brittle Star

Wonderful, lots of info.

I have got this pdf, which shows a few of the spores I think I have and it is about the area I collected from. Do not like to name my photos until I am really sure, but I will give it a go.

 

Wealden Plant Microfossils 2.pdf

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doushantuo

can'r post it(size!):

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