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Post by stuartj » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:43 pm

Hello everyone I'm new to the forum and to metal detecting but I've been fossil hunting and prepping for many years, I'm lucky to have some good permissions here in North Devon and have far more fossils and crystal than it's possible to display! Anyway here's an ammonite I'm quite fond of Paracoriniceras Charlsi from Monmouth beach, Lyme Regis (AA battery for scale) it weighed about 120kgs when collected and now weighs about 60kg prepped.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by WVAM » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:23 pm

Superb!

Thanks for sharing - and how did you move 120kg off the beach?

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by sweepstick47 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:26 pm

Hello Stuartj, Firstly a warm welcome aboard the forum and secondly, I have to say that is a magnificent specimen and probably the biggest I've seen to date ::g Your experience will be welcomed by all who have an interest in fossils and crystals. Looking forward to seeing a few more of your collected examples. Enjoy your time with us on the forum ::g Regards ss47
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by thefiggis » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:27 pm

By gor, there's some work gone into that!

Lovely thing ::g
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Ladybird66 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:37 am

That is one heck of a specimen. It’s beautiful and makes most of ours look quite humble in comparison.
Unless you find a hoard of gold coins I think your going to keep any of us, interested in fossils, happy for a long time.

Wait til mrix sees it. 😳

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Macroman » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:04 am

Oh !!!...what a beauty !!!...very very nice !!.👍

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:22 am

WVAM wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:23 pm
Superb!

Thanks for sharing - and how did you move 120kg off the beach?
The old fashioned way strapped to an army bergen on my back, I was a bit younger when I found this one! anything bigger needs to be floated off ideally or stretchered with plenty of helping hands.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by fred » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:46 am

Holy hell that's certainly a big un. Love it. ::g

PS I thought that it was just an ordinary size one until I saw the tiny weeny little battery! :D
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Lowland » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:36 am

Hi
What a beauty,and very well prepared and presented ::g
Have you a photo of before it was cleaned up?
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Keef the Frog » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:53 am

Nice on Stuart ! ::g
I've only a part Paracoroniceras that I cleaned & polished when we rented one of the beach huts on Monmouth Beach before legging it to France.

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by poly » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:56 am

A beautiful specimen and well prepared. I think you meant to say Paracoriniceras charlesi. Sorry I am pedantic about fossil names. As I am from the depths of North Wales, very much Palaeozoic rock territory, I have more chance of finding a gold stater than a stunning ammonite like yours, and that is still no chance ! Well found.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:46 am

Oh wow l;.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:12 pm

Thank you all for the warm welcome, it's much appreciated. And sorry about the typo Poly, you have some stunning coral's in North Wales.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Blackadder43 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:15 pm

Oh my Goodness that is gorgeous
Can you give me an idea of the size of that though, i know the battery is there but its still difficult to gauge the exact size
And i mean wow imagine being faced with one of those when diving for your next meal
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Post by seajay » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:17 pm

Wow! - a most impressive specimen! I have many fond memories of collecting fossils as a boy with my late father. In his day he discovered several new genus of sponges from the Carboniferous beds on the Great Orme. I've maintained the interest all my life.

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Ladybird66 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:41 pm

I’ve just realised that if you’ve shown us the BIGGEST ammonite we’ve ever seen then, if I had a decent camera, I could probably show the smallest.
Attached to a fossilised Sharks tooth, in a field, viewed through a magnifier you can see the tiniest shell creatures you could imagine. They’re so tiny they look like grains of sand.
All fascinating stuff, love it.

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Keef the Frog » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:16 pm

Stuart's is a killer ammonite but quite titchy ;)
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:15 pm

I don't think I could squeeze that one in my rucksack!!!
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:17 pm

Blackadder43 wrote:
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Oh my Goodness that is gorgeous
Can you give me an idea of the size of that though, i know the battery is there but its still difficult to gauge the exact size
And i mean wow imagine being faced with one of those when diving for your next meal
It's about 23 inches if memory serves.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Koala » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:07 pm

cool. Real cool

nicely conserved as well

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:46 pm

Here's a nice stack of Ichthyosaur vertebrae, early Jurassic from Lilstock, Somerset.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:14 pm

Another beauty. Have you a whole collection of these? :D
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:40 pm

I genuinely don't have a clue how many fossils I have...My crystal collection is currently in the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur park museum along with a few fossils (although I'm intending to move them this year) so many others are in storage that it's hard to keep track, but including unprepared material it probably runs to many hundreds (thousands if you count the small stuff) of specimins from crabs, fish, lobster's, insect's, plant material etc... There has to be over 100 giant Ammonites of various species, I never sell fossils (I've given away plenty though) so over the year's it's sort of got a bit out of hand, I used to have floor to ceiling shelves with hundreds on display but now I've got a young family there's just a handful here.
The one thing I am proud of is that almost all of them would have been ground into sand if I hadn't collected them and that my enthusiasm has helped spark lifelong interest in some of the children of the families I've taken along over the year's, I often get sent pictures to id by them and that feeling is something money just cannot buy!
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:47 pm

Here's one from Church cliff, Lyme Regis, the sutures are preserved in dog tooth calcite. Anyone guess the species? ::g
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » 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.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:56 pm

Have you found them all yourself? x;

They are very, very beautiful l;.
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Ladybird66 » 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

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by stuartj » 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!
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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by alloverover » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:46 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
Very nice mate, I was working on a site with a lot of Iron Pyrites fossils recently, very lovely to find :D ::g

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Re: Fossil hunter

Post by Devonboy » 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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