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Nov 1, 2013 9:31 AM

My Grandfathers fossils

I have been collecting fossils with my grandfather as long as i can remember. He is not around anymore so now i have a giant collection. could you help me identify these please? I think one may be dino poop and the rest plants and trees. what do you think? I was also thinking about selling a few to buy a piano for my daughter, my grandfather would approve, i think. Where or how would i go about doing this? The attached pictures are or the front and rear views of the fossils. Thank you in advance

Kate

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      Nov 1, 2013 10:01 AM (in response to kate)
      Re: My Grandfathers fossils

      I think a lot of them are the roots of a lepidondendron. Hopefully an expert will give their opinion.  I doubt one of them is dinosaur poo, because lepidondendron lived at a different time to the dinosaurs, but if you found it in a different location it's still a possobility.

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        Nov 1, 2013 10:45 AM (in response to kate)
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        Your fossils are carboniferous in age.  I find simular fossils where I live.

         

        Here are the animals that lived

         

        1m long scorpion

         

        Giant dragonfly

         

        6 foot long centapede

         

         

        fish- like amphibians

         

        The first reptiles

         

        giant spiders

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          Nov 1, 2013 9:28 PM (in response to Dan)
          Re: My Grandfathers fossils

          Kate,

           

           

          What follows won't be of much use to you, but here it is anyway.

           

           

          1-4

          difficult to say without closer inspection; yes they could be coprolites (though no reason to suspect dinosaur)

           

          5,6

          plant

           

          7

          can't tell from photo

           

          8-11

          pissibly a shell - possibly a bivalve, but various aspects make me uncertain

           

          12-14

          I don't see anything of note

           

          15-18

          possibly plant

           

          19

          possibly plant, but need to understand the pattern; it could just be mineral veins

           

          20-23

          probably plant fragments

           

          Your 9:53am posting:

          yes - could be Lepidodendron

          apart from last one, about which I have no idea

           

           

          Sorry not to be able to give you useful IDs, but many of the specimens aren't complete enough and/or are too hard to understand from photos.

           

          IMO, the Lepidodendron specimens are the most saleable, but even those would probably realise very little (especially without being able to state the locality they came from).

           

           

          Mike

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            Nov 2, 2013 11:03 AM (in response to MikeHardman)
            Re: My Grandfathers fossils

            Hi mike,

             

             

            lepidondendron roots can actually be quite valuable when in good condition.  If you go on www.fossiliferous.co.uk and then go on plant UK you will find some from shefield for £27

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