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Nov 18, 2013 11:25 PM

fossil id please

Hi there

Im hoping I can get some info on a few items found on the yorkshire coastline a few weeks ago . The first of which I have attached pictures of to this message .


The others I shall send each on a seperate messages . Thanks for your help it is really appreciated


Kind regards



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    Nov 19, 2013 8:43 PM (in response to robbo)
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    This is a nodule. NOT an egg. Remember, these came from a marine environment and eggs in would be incredibly rare. What you have looks like the commonly found nodule - these can contain fossils if you split them. What you are calling the "shell" is the more pyritic skin to the nodule.


    If you still think this is an egg, take it to Byron in Whitby to handle it in person.



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        Nov 19, 2013 9:02 PM (in response to robbo)
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        I agree with taking some of your fossils to Byron.  If you go to my post:  how big was this megalodon, you will see a megalodon tooth which I bought from him.  He also has a youtube video of him finding an ammonite.  He is really knolagable about fossils; one of the best paleontologists in Britain, in my opinion.

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    Nov 19, 2013 11:09 PM (in response to robbo)
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    Hi robbo

    You have found a pyritic nodule from bed 33 of the cannonball doggers from the Whitby area.

    It is from the Lower Jurassic and is more commonly known as a Cannonball.

    Occasionally you will find the pyrite covered limestone nodule (they com in different shapes) has been formed around a fossil, usually an ammonite called Eleganticeras elegantulum although I have found coprolites, bone and on one occasion a shark spine.

    If you split and find an ammonite you can polish the nodule and it will have a golden shine to it.

    When this is done professionally they turn into a beautiful object that is very valuable.

    Sometimes when you find them the pyrite crust is rotten an can be removed with ease but when polished it will be grey to black in colour.



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