Found this piece of shale at Hornsea. Can you tell me what the imprints are?. They appear quite spikey.
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 .
Thanks for the information. I thought they must be ammonites but they appeared spikey. This must be due to the compression. I was there today just after high tide. Sorry to hear about your accident. Must have been really painful. Hope you are not too long before you get out searching again. Better weather is round the corner.
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
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 . .
sarah (fussy fossiler) .
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.
Thanks for the confirmation.