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Dog walking fossil finds

Post by kenleyboy » Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:27 pm

All these fossils have come off one farm where I am allowed to walk my whippets . No detecting allowed but I can compensate an eyes only approach and over the last few years have managed to find these which over time have found their way into the edges of the fields .
I seem to always find them once the fields have been ploughed up once the crop has gone , so what ever is down below eventually surfaces .
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Re: Dog walking fossil finds

Post by mrix » Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:33 pm

Thanks for posting them ::g
The round one looks to be a type of sea urchin and the one on the right resembles a Trilobite but is hard to see from the image B-)
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Re: Dog walking fossil finds

Post by Koala » Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:59 pm

nice. Shows it pays to keep your eyes open. Love the urchin ::g

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Re: Dog walking fossil finds

Post by kenleyboy » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:29 pm

Koala wrote:
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nice. Shows it pays to keep your eyes open. Love the urchin ::g
I find a lot of clay pipe stems scattered here and there and at first glance , seeing the top part the urchin sticking out of the soil I thought it was part of a decorative clay pipe bowl . Pleasantly surprised to find a fossil .
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Post by Oxgirl36 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:49 pm

Top middle one is an Echinoid - weigh it and it should come in around one pound in weight. They were used to weigh butter in some areas. But there again there are lots of different types and the folklore around them is fascinating. Take a read https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/deposits ... derms/amp/
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Post by Dave The Slave » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:34 pm

Good selection of eyes only.
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Re: Dog walking fossil finds

Post by poly » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:41 pm

The top middle regular echinoid superficially looks like the genus Echinocorys. A very nice specimen indeed. The bottom left specimen may also be a less well preserved example. The specimen on the right is interesting, it’s certainly not a trilobite, but might be a fragment of an ammonite. Photographs taken at other angles would help identification.

You are right Oxgirl36, the folklore associated with fossils is fascinating. I think I have in excess of 100 research articles on the subject area.
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Re: Dog walking fossil finds

Post by kenleyboy » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:51 pm

poly wrote:
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The top middle regular echinoid superficially looks like the genus Echinocorys. A very nice specimen indeed. The bottom left specimen may also be a less well preserved example. The specimen on the right is interesting, it’s certainly not a trilobite, but might be a fragment of an ammonite. Photographs taken at other angles would help identification.

You are right Oxgirl36, the folklore associated with fossils is fascinating. I think I have in excess of 100 research articles on the subject area.
Some different angles .Overall length approx 3 inches x 1 3/4
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Re: Dog walking fossil finds

Post by Stillburning » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:53 pm

Nice selection of fossils, great photos and very interesting info from poly ::g
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Re: Dog walking fossil finds

Post by poly » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:03 pm

Gosh that’s a really interesting specimen. The additional photographs really discount my initial thoughts of an ammonite. I am now leaning towards a partial fragment of a nautiloid shell or maybe even the tail section of a lobster ! A nice conundrum.
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Re: Dog walking fossil finds

Post by kenleyboy » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:55 pm

poly wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:03 pm
Gosh that’s a really interesting specimen. The additional photographs really discount my initial thoughts of an ammonite. I am now leaning towards a partial fragment of a nautiloid shell or maybe even the tail section of a lobster ! A nice conundrum.
Out of all the fossils I have picked up on this farm , this particular one was found in the field opposite my cottage , the rest have all come from the field behind . Once again , this was tucked right up against the headlands after ploughing .
Unfortunately nobody is allowed to fieldwalk , even after rough ploughing , thats the rules , keep off the soil and stick to the headlands .Regardless , it is still a nice pastime while dog walking just scanning the edges .
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Re: Dog walking fossil finds

Post by edge1255 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:03 pm

I'm thinking spider.... crab maybe :-/
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