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
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.
the doop stone was much higher up the seem and not attached to anything, it was just lying in the soil, it is also much lighter in colour than the others and on the inside there appears to be grain/seeds of some sort. Thanks
Your fossils are carboniferous in age. I find simular fossils where I live.
Here are the animals that lived
1m long scorpion
6 foot long centapede
fish- like amphibians
The first reptiles
What follows won't be of much use to you, but here it is anyway.
difficult to say without closer inspection; yes they could be coprolites (though no reason to suspect dinosaur)
can't tell from photo
pissibly a shell - possibly a bivalve, but various aspects make me uncertain
I don't see anything of note
possibly plant, but need to understand the pattern; it could just be mineral veins
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).
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
The Lepidodendron was found in the central belt of scotland, i have another 11 pieces of the same sort of tree. I wondered about the coprolites, i also have a few of these. There has not been many dinosaur fossils found in Scotland any that have been found were found on Isle of Sky. If the coprolites were dinosaur, and found in the central belt of Scotland would that not be special? also how else to coprolites form and how do you tell the difference? Thank you
Oh good - having location information helps a lot, both when it comes to selling and ID.
WIth specimens that are small or degraded, it is often possible to match them to better (and IDd) fossils discovered in the same area and strata by other people - and hence get a possible ID.
So the more-detailed the location information (place and geological stratum), the better.
Value: Dan: even at £27, you'd need a lot of them to make a dent in the price of a piano!
There is also a matter of opinion here: I wouldn't consider a fossil especially valuable unless it was worth at least £100.
I don't know much about dinosaurs in Scotland, and that may be because, as you say, few dino fossils have been found there.
If you want another opinion, I suggest you contact Dr Neil Clark, who is the curator of palaeontology at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. Here's his contact page -
Coprolites are fossil poo, made by any animal. Their makers are often unidentified, but may sometimes be guessed by the contents and by association with animal fossils in the same area and strata.
You may be interested to learn that coprolites were once mined -
(and in the preceding link)