Hi, we took our two young children fossil hunting for the first time this week and although we went to an area that I have found and identified fossils in the past, my knowledge seems to have flown out of the window somewhere and I'm struggling to tell our children what it was we found! Our son has just been looking at dinosaurs and fossils at school (only at a basic level as they are five years old!) and I hoped he could take what we found in to show his teacher after halfterm, any idea of what they are would therefore help!
We found the stones on the banks of the River Tyne near Alston in Cumbria. I dimly seem to remember that some may be Crinoid species but more than that I can't tell! If anyone can help shed some light and offer more detail on what they might be it would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance for your help. I hope the photographs show up ok as it was hard to balance taking the stones wet so detail showed with not being too wet so the flash on the camera blinded everything. I assume quite a few are similar so apologies for so many pictures. Whether all, or any, are Crinoids though I really don't know! Stones 2 and 3 we found particularly interesting and also stone 4 which looks more like a shell fragment perhaps?
Stone 2 (different views of)
Sorry, I have realised I should have photographed these alongside a ruler. If it helps the lengths of each stone at the longest point are as follows:
Stone 1: 8.5cm
Stone 2: 5cm
Stone 3: 7cm
Stone 4: 3.5cm
Stone 5: 7.5cm
Stone 6: 10.5cm
Stone 7: 12cm
Stone 4 is a Rhynchonellid brachiopod of some sort. as Jam said, corals and crinoids for the rest. nice finds.
those are some very nice finds
stone 1, 2 and 7 are coral
stone 3, 5 and 6 are bits of crinoids as you said
stone 5 is most likely a bivalve of some sort
great pictures, did you wet them before taking photos? or are they that shiny allready?
Thank you very much! That's quite exciting to have corals as well, I assume they'll have been exposed then washed inland and down the river at some point? I did wet them before taking the photos, it would be lovely to have them that shiny and clear all the time though when dry the stones look to be a chalky grey colour and most detail is lost. Would you think they are from around 300 million years ago? Trying to explain timescale to a five year old isn't the easiest but of course we are fascinated! ;-)
it my be difficult to tell how old as they could have come from anywhere on the rivers path.
if you wanted to make them shiny like that all the time, you could buy one of those home rock tummblers. if they fit inside they might polish up nicely and then they would look great.
one thing i allways find amasing is that if those fossils are 300 million years old, they had been fossils for 100 million years before the dinosaurs walked on the ground above them.
you clearly got a good locality there, and have your 'eye in'