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Could somebody please help me, I went fossil hunting on The Jurassic Coast in Weymouth called Charmouth Beach. We found this and I’m unsure what it is. I have tried to remove some of the stone surrounding but struggling. I’m concerned I’m going to damage it. It appear to be a bronze colour when I clean it.

I hope someone can help, thank you 

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Kane

Welcome to the forum. :) 

 

It looks to be a very nice ammonite. Neat find! I'm sure someone else who is more familiar with the area may be able to tell you the genus and possibly species. 

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Tinosaurus

Thank you for the welcome 

 

I hope to to learn a lot from here, this find has made me more intrigued. 

 

I have been been using a small power tool to grind some of the rock off but I’m scared of destroying the fossil. Shall I just continue or find a professional? 

 

Thanks for any help 

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Kane
Just now, Tinosaurus said:

Thank you for the welcome 

 

I hope to to learn a lot from here, this find has made me more intrigued. 

 

I have been been using a small power tool to grind some of the rock off but I’m scared of destroying the fossil. Shall I just continue or find a professional? 

 

Thanks for any help 

I think that if you are in doubt and worried about potentially damaging it, I'd leave off for the time being. Fossil preparation is definitely a fine art and a skill learned over time, best practiced on pieces you wouldn't be crestfallen if they were accidentally ruined. 

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Tinosaurus
3 minutes ago, Kane said:

I think that if you are in doubt and worried about potentially damaging it, I'd leave off for the time being. Fossil preparation is definitely a fine art and a skill learned over time, best practiced on pieces you wouldn't be crestfallen if they were accidentally ruined. 

Thank you very much I will keep researching 

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Tidgy's Dad

Yes, it is a pyritized ammonite from the Lower Jurassic. 

Nice find and a very warm welcome to TFF from Morocco! :)

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ynot

You may have better luck cleaning it with a pin vise or dental pick.

Nice find.

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Innocentx
14 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

pyritized ammonite

Is there a special recommendation for cleaning pyrite, because that's what I'm seeing too?

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Tinosaurus
16 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Yes, it is a pyritized ammonite from the Lower Jurassic. 

Nice find and a very warm welcome to TFF from Morocco! :)

 

Thank you very much for toy help. Now I know what to look for. What a lovely find! 

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Tinosaurus
11 minutes ago, ynot said:

You may have better luck cleaning it with a pin vise or dental pick.

Nice find.

Thank you for your advice. Most appreciated 

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Tidgy's Dad
4 minutes ago, Innocentx said:

Is there a special recommendation for cleaning pyrite, because that's what I'm seeing too?

I'd use the pin vice or dental picks ynot suggested and then :

 

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Bobby Rico

Very nice ammonite indeed . I think it is Promicroceras sp. good find. 

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Raggedy Man

Thats a sweet ammo! Id keep it like that.

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Tinosaurus

Thank you for all your help, dental stick shopping in the morning. 

 

We were lucky to find three on the day so very happy 

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