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My only detecting fossils!

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:07 pm
by Easylife
Maybe not too exciting and no doubt quite run of the mill in the fossil world, yet despite always eye scanning the ground for worked flint and fossils these are my only candidates so far. It probably doesn't help with being in the middle of the country but then again the land was a bit topsy turvy long ago. Nevertheless one field had an abundance of devil's toe-nails in it, which seemed a bit surreal at the time from my norm. I just kept these four for variety rather than a sackful. Still, my oldest finds though! :D

Re: My only detecting fossils!

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:09 pm
by oldartefact
Devils toenails

Re: My only detecting fossils!

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:13 pm
by Easylife
oldartefact wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:09 pm
Devils toenails
Yes, that's what I said. :D

Re: My only detecting fossils!

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:16 pm
by Oxgirl36
Ohhhh is that what they are? Great name. I likey ::g

Re: My only detecting fossils!

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:21 pm
by poly
The term devils toenail was introduced for these fossils the 17th Century because of the shells somewhat contorted appearance akin to the devils nails.

In England in the 17th and 18th century the shells were collected and ground up into a powder, added to milk, and drank as a cure for painful joints in humans. In Scotland the same concoction was used to cure painful joints in horses.

Re: My only detecting fossils!

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:49 pm
by mrix
So after a bit of Googling as one does these fossils range from the Triassic period to the late Paleogene period, but are mostly restricted to the Triassic and Jurassic, so at least 140 Million years old+ :-O
This subject Never ceases to amaze me B-)

Thanks
mrix

Re: My only detecting fossils!

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:31 am
by Ladybird66
Me neither mrix. Just looking up club Moss root and noticed another that I’ve got. Wait for it,
Lepidodendron. There’s another for you to google.

I’d love to find a Devils Toenail. Lucky you Easylife. I read about them ages ago and thought they were fascinating. Thanks for showing. ::g

I must get a few pics of mine. I’ve got one in particular I’d like a second opinion on.

Re: My only detecting fossils!

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:10 am
by fred
Ladybird66 wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:31 am
Me neither mrix. Just looking up club Moss root and noticed another that I’ve got. Wait for it,
Lepidodendron. There’s another for you to google.

I’d love to find a Devils Toenail. Lucky you Easylife. I read about them ages ago and thought they were fascinating. Thanks for showing. ::g

I must get a few pics of mine. I’ve got one in particular I’d like a second opinion on.

Definitely almost human, likely sub species - husband! ::g :D

Re: My only detecting fossils!

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:45 am
by HolzHammer
Gryphaea.....very nice!