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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:07 am

Ladybird66 wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:05 am
Did you find that ? It’s amazing. Makes my little finds look absolutely insignificant.

Somerset ? Not heard of anything like that being found there. Live & learn ::g
No fossils are insignificant! There's loads of good sites in West Somerset from Porlock all the way up to Hinkley point. There are less fossils than the Jurassic coast but there are also a LOT less fossil Hunter's.


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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:09 am

Devonboy wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:04 am
Wow, what a brilliant specimen. I also would like to know what it measures across.
Love to see a pic of the 18” one you mention above. :)

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That Nautiloid is 14 inches across Tony.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Keef the Frog » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:53 am

stuartj wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:52 pm
I've got a thing about Nautiloids, one of life's great survivors, my oldest one dates to the late Cambrian (far older than the Ammonites) and still alive today!
Cenoceras sp. early Jurassic from Monmouth beach, Lyme Regis.IMG_20181222_113248201_HDR-780x1040.jpg
I think you nailed it as to why they're a bit special.
I've found a handful of Jurassic ones here in the Vendée (one was in my barn floor) then you can drive to La Rochelle Aquarium & see a few bobbing about in their tank.

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by oldartefact » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:17 pm

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Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:18 am
Apart from some I've been given and a few I bought many years ago all the rest I've found and prepped myself, you never stop learning and the feeling of finding one is as good now as it was nearly 30 year's ago. It's a feeling user's of this forum know very well! Last time out one of the finds was an 18 inch Ammonite(Coroniceras Lyra at a guess) preserved in a type of pyrites that gleams with gold, red, orange, blue, purple and green. It's a showstopper. I found a small piece of one about 20 year's ago and always thought one day there could be a whole one, never seen one anywhere before and I've seen lot's of collections. I will still be buzzing from that next year!
Any chance that we can see it? I struggled in my career as a Statistician, as I am a math dunce, that said had I taken the hand that life dealt me ... I'd have had alot more fun as a Geologist... I love the subject, but never took it as a serious career option. Thats enough about me ... I would love to see the show stopper if there are any pics.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Ladybird66 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:35 pm

I know this isn’t an earth shattering find, just a curiosity. I picked it up many years ago and have always thought how pretty it is. I think it’s iron pyrite but never confirmed.
Thought oldartifact might like to see it and give an option.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by fred » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:46 pm

Ladybird66 wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:35 pm
I know this isn’t an earth shattering find, just a curiosity. I picked it up many years ago and have always thought how pretty it is. I think it’s iron pyrite but never confirmed.
Thought oldartifact might like to see it and give an option.

At a guess it's alkali feldspar granite, probably weathered or waterworn.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkali_feldspar_granite
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:54 pm

The showstopper is still encased in matrix but I will get in the workshop after Xmas and take a picture for you, it might help to give an idea of what you're looking for when hunting fossils in the rough.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by oldartefact » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:01 pm

fred wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:46 pm
Ladybird66 wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:35 pm
I know this isn’t an earth shattering find, just a curiosity. I picked it up many years ago and have always thought how pretty it is. I think it’s iron pyrite but never confirmed.
Thought oldartifact might like to see it and give an option.

At a guess it's alkali feldspar granite, probably weathered or waterworn.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkali_feldspar_granite
I'll go with Fred, assume it was found t'up north?
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Ladybird66 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:35 pm

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Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:01 pm
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I know this isn’t an earth shattering find, just a curiosity. I picked it up many years ago and have always thought how pretty it is. I think it’s iron pyrite but never confirmed.
Thought oldartifact might like to see it and give an option.

At a guess it's alkali feldspar granite, probably weathered or waterworn.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkali_feldspar_granite
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I'll go with Fred, assume it was found t'up north?
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Yes found in Scotland in the edge of a river. It seems to be mainly quartz with a generous sprinkling of shiny stuff. I was into new age jewellery back then and thought it would make a nice pendant.
Never got around to it though :))

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by poly » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:24 pm

Possibly a sample of Ben Nevis granite consisting of of quartz (up to 50 %), potassium feldspar, and sodium feldspar (up to 35%) The darker minerals include mica (muscovite and biotite) and hornblende. A lovely rock but no fossils ! hence of little interest to me.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Ladybird66 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:36 pm

poly wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:24 pm
Possibly a sample of Ben Nevis granite consisting of of quartz (up to 50 %), potassium feldspar, and sodium feldspar (up to 35%) The darker minerals include mica (muscovite and biotite) and hornblende. A lovely rock but no fossils ! hence of little interest to me.
I’ve got a nice Coprolite you might like :D

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by rockfish » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:42 pm

Really nice StuartJ
Who did the prep? it wasn't Steve by any chance.

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