Nice nodule I collected today from #charmouth
plenty of small ammonites all over it so hoping there might be something bigger on the inside! #fossils #paleo
Probably one of my better preps to date 😁. All finished and amongst the collection proudly. I found this a few weeks back at Port Mulgrave. Be heading back out at the end of the month, although I think it’s time I started searching for some Lower Lias stuff. Can’t let @whitbyammonites6472
have all the fun now can we 😉
Just a quick test of the new dust extractor with air abrasive and this sticky Promicroceras sp. ammonite in a small scrap of limestone. Figured I'd also see if I could get some time-lapse footage as well. Didn't take long at all to clean this ammonite, in fact it took longer to create the 'bowl' around the outside edge! Air abrasive isn't the 'be all and end all' of fossil preparation but it does have its place. It can often help with ammonite preparation when the shell doesn't want to come away from the calcite mould underneath, and at times when the surrounding rock doesn't want to come away from the shell. Its main use is for applying finishing touches or careful removal of material too small to remove with air chisels. There wasn't a great deal of covering material on this ammonite, which made it very quick to prepare but the majority of fossils take much, much longer on average. Approximately 195 million years old and found at Charmouth, Dorset.
#lymeregis #charmouth #charmouthheritagecentre #dorset #devon #fossilcollector #fossilhunter #fossilpreparation #paleontology #palaeontology #cephalopod #ammonite #promicroceras #beachfinds
I’m not usually one to buy fossils, as I would much rather collect and prepare myself, but after visiting the Bakewell show over the weekend, I couldn’t resist this absolute stunning piece 🤩. Two Arnioceras inside of the mouth boarder of a Nautilus. This will proudly sit on my collection. More of the details of this piece and where it was found are in the last picture. I can’t stop looking at it 😮
I have just handed in my notice at the Lyme Regis Museum. Excited to start my new job and move onwards and upwards. Although i won't be near the coast as much and no longer working with fossils you can guarentee i'll still be out collecting. Quite excited to start getting back into fossiling as a hobby and a release from work, rather than having it as a reminder. Thanks to those of you I've worked with who have made my time so enjoyable!
The treble Tenuicostatum block I found a while back is no longer a treble. The top little one was was unfortunately not all there, and just didn’t look right (says the guy who’s left one with the outer whorl knackered, although I do still have that piece to glue back on at some point). So I have left it as a double. Pretty pleased with how this prep has gone, especially with the bowling out which I haven’t done much of before. Not a bad piece if I do say so myself 😁
David Attenborough's sea dragon still on display at the heritage centre on Charmouth beach. The ichthyosaur fossil featured in a BBC documentary this year. The man who found it - local legend Chris Moore - was out there this morning. After last night's storm, conditions were perfect. Dorset's Jurassic Coast is one of the best places in the world for fossils. We took the kids and returned with a treasure trove of ammonites, bellemites and even some coprolite... dinosaur poo! What a beautiful place. Big thanks to our brilliant guide Martin Curtis at Jurassic Coast Guides
#jurassiccoast #davidattenborough #dinosaur #charmouth #visitdorset #fossils #filmlocations #bbc #bbcdorset #naturalhistory #attenboroughseadragon
It's worth keeping an eye out for small fragments of fossil bearing stones. This piece came from Charmouth, a layer of limestone within the Charmouth Mudstone Member known as 'Yellowstone'. The ammonites in this stone are often referred to as 'sticky', meaning the usual weakness of the shell between the surrounding rock and the calcite mould within does not want to pop away readily. To get the most out of these ammonites it often requires extra time and effort to reveal them, and from a commercial point of view is not seen as viable. I however really like tackling these pieces and they can offer up some wonderful little finds as a result. This had the edge of the largest ammonite worn through and the merest hint of two more. Upon working through there are also many tiny ammonites washed up around the outside! Plenty of character in this little fragment and just goes to show that not all pieces should be dismissed out of hand without giving them a chance. There is much beauty to be found in the small things, if we just look a little closer. Approximately 195 million years old.
#lymeregis #charmouth #charmouthheritagecentre #dorset #devon #fossilcollector #fossilhunter #fossilpreparation #paleontology #palaeontology #cephalopod #ammonite #promicroceras