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Mar 19, 2012 10:08 AM

Answered - What are these fossil imprints

Hi

 

Found this piece of shale at Hornsea. Can you tell me what the imprints are?. They appear quite spikey.

 

 

Regards

 

Wolvesjeff

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    Mar 15, 2012 6:02 PM (in response to wolvesjeff)
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    hi wolvesjeff, i can tell you that what you think are impressions they are actually compressed ammonites but what i ca'nt tell you is what species they are but maybe ryanc or tabfish might be able to . when did you get your finds ? as i was there yesterday briefly  before i had to get taken to hospital,

    i was supposed to hit the rock with my hammer but i hit my index finger instead and now have one broken index finger  so no fossiling for me for a while until it heals .

     

    regards

     

    sarah

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      Mar 15, 2012 11:16 PM (in response to fussy fossiler)
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      Hello Sarah

      I hope you are OK after your accident.

      I have a friend who was fossiling near Whitby who turned his geological hammer around to use the chissel tip on a rock, a miss-guided blow almost cut the end of his thumb off !

      I usually go home with some small cuts although I wear gloves and glasses and steel toe capped wellie's.

       

      Get well soon, Tabfish

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        Mar 16, 2012 1:51 PM (in response to Tabfish)
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        hi tabfish, iam hoping it will heal pretty quickly as it is not a clean break but a fracture with an open wound and yes i did have my gloves on and safety goggles on i'm just glad  i had them on  they said at hospital if i had of used the chisel part of my hammer i would of   chopped my finger off !!!!! the fracture is at the bottom part of my index finger . Anyway let this be a lesson to all fellow fossilers do'nt end up like me ,take your time and focus on what your hitting . .

         

        regards

         

        sarah (fussy fossiler) .

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    Mar 15, 2012 11:38 PM (in response to wolvesjeff)
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    Hello Wolvesjeff

    You can find this type of fossil and preservation all along the Holderness if you are lucky!

    The ammonites that are usually preserve in this type of shale are from the Middle Jurassic and look to be Kosmoceras sp, sometimes you can find a very big block of this type of shale and when you split it using a chissel or the chissel tip of your geological hammer you can reveal some fantastic flat/squashed ammonites that have a perlessent luster? colours of the rainbow?

    The trouble is the sediment/matrix is so fragile and light it tends to dry out and crack to peices.

     

    Tabfish

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    Mar 19, 2012 10:07 AM (in response to wolvesjeff)
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    Hi,

     

    They are definitely crushed ammonites. They are quite spiky so look like Kosmoceras.

     

    Lu

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