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Fossil Identification (Help)....

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posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 04:43 AM
I was in the local pub on Saturday night and one of the locals came up to me and showed me a fossil that he found.

He found it in Hornsea and said it was the first time he had done anything like this. Apparently theres a woman who has been searching for fossils for 40 odd yrs and has never seen anything in as good condition as this of the other locals said it was an extremely good find and it may be another species...the reason he said it may be different was because the shell is not complete and is divided into two.....he estimated it at around 240 million yrs..

From what I can see its an Ammonite

anyway, heres some pictures - what do you think...




posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 04:49 AM
sorry - didnt realise I posted it in a creationism conspiracy...please move to where it belongs...

posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 05:17 AM
Well as luck has it I have a trusty fossil book (most certainly why the chicks think I'm so cool).

It looks like a Mesozoic Cephalopod. Here's a picture of the 2 pages from the book:

Though it could be a more recent deposit, it looks like it might possibly be a lower Jurassic Hildoceras, but I could most certainly be inaccurate.

posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 05:53 AM
Do I take it that these are quite common then or is this one quite different.....the chicks may like someone who has a fosisl named after them....

posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 06:00 AM
I think it's a common type in an uncommon (very good) condition.

I'm not a pro as Paleontology isn't my specialty, but I doubt it's an entirely new species. It might be worth asking someone at a museum (or waiting for someone with more info to reply on your thread)...

posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 06:12 AM
Send those pictures of it to Paleontology groups across the web and see if they can help you identify it. I wouldn't hand that thing over to anyone, even if its nothing new the finder probably still wont see it again even if they promise to return it to them as some collector will pocket it covertly or it will be "Lost" in the collection. I lost one of the two small sections of an fossilized tree I found when I was a kid that way.

But non the less that is one impressive fossil quality wise, I haven't seen any in as good a condition as that in absolutely ages. Last one I saw in as good a condition as that was in Whitby in the main fossil shop, the owner there had been working on clearing the little bits of unwanted rock from it for years.

posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 06:25 AM
This look like a typical ammonite (a Cephalopode like "nautilus" or "squid").
It's not a snail... It is a well preserved specimen, but it is necessary to talk with a paleontologist (specialist on old life forms, e.g. fossils), to find out if it is actually a new specie or not. But, that's actually not so easy to find out, as no parts of soft tissue gets fossilized. Two cents from me...

posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 09:25 AM
cheers for the input guys - I work at a University and have also emailed the pics to them....not sure if its Biological Sciences or Earth and Environment....I'll send it to both anyway.....

posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 09:45 AM
It looks more similar to the Hamite and the description. Just because it's coiled up, doesn't mean it always is. I think these were more like insects, just as some crusations are said to be. if you've ever noticed, many certain insects coil up when they die.

I have a couple of odd fossils. One which looks like a small turtle shell with what appeared to be a horn near it's head and another that looks like a piece of skin such as from under the neck.

Another I have found is a crystalized rock form of the head of a frog. Not much different from petrified trees. I've found many chunks of what appears to be petrified flesh pieces on the beach. I think they may be from dinosaurs or water mamals.

I was always fasinated by these, but didn't do much homework on them.

Imagine the ability to hold one of these and remote view that time period. It would make an interesting movie....I think. I guess the documentaries are good enough for most though.

[edit on 23-2-2009 by aleon1018]

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