Hi,took these pictures in an abandoned quarry near to Rochdale. The first two pictures are with the fossils under the water . All five looking pretty similar any ideas thanks..
Yep, they are plant fossils. They may be the species calamites and they are likely to be be from the carboniferous period, 320 million years ago. I find loads of things like that in Ossett, West Yorkshire UK. I have found thowsands of fossil wood, but yours is one of the less common ones. I'll post some pictures of mine tomorrow.
Just got the chance the send the pictures a bit earlier than 8. The one in the top leaft is a fossil pinecone, the ones in the top right are trigonocarpus nuts and the rest are the fossil wood. The really long piece has some chips, but it is huge and the one next to it is also huge, but it also has some chips and the big, chunky one is perfect. I have also found a possible giant scorpion claw.
Thanks Dan for sharing your pictures. I have worked in many quarries for many years and you would have thought I would of found an abundance of fossils but I haven't the only ones which have been posted on here. That is why I was stunned to come across these which I took photos of in an abandoned quarry which I only went for a nosey round last weekend. I have a few more pics will put them on but these seem to be the better ones. Thanks again Dan
A lot of quarry's only contain a small amount of fossils. When you said an abandoned quarry that is why you found them there. Usually, or sometimes the surface rocks don't contain fossils, but if the surface rock has been moved, it can reveal a new rock formation which is more fossiliferous. Where I find my fossils, it was also once a quarry. I find them in the layer just above the carboniferous cole formation. If the quarry people wouldn't have moved the surface rock that formation wouldn't have been revealed, so like with yours, if the surface rock hadn't been moved, them fossils wouldn't have been there (which is why I have great respect to the quarry people who used to work In the place where I find all of my fossils!)
The last five now, hope these are helpful to you when you are fossil hunting. It is is very enjoyable finding plant/wood fossils.
Hi Dan and Chris
Is the matrix the fossils are in Milston Grit? because I have a similar specimen in a box that seems to be made up of a sandy rock.
I will have a good idea were my specimen came from if the matrix of yours is similar to mine.
I have just got back from fossil hunting. I am just letting the sedement dry out so you compare it with yours. It hard to separate the sedement from the mud but after filing the tub up with water and then draining it I got a decent sample. I have also collected some sandstones for you to compare with your fossil. The sedement should be dry by tomorrow. When I have showed you it I am going to search for microfossils in it. I have attached a picture of the same sedement which looks like it has a micro vertebrae inside it, but I'm not sure. What do you think?
I didn't really find many fossils today. I think it's because there hasn't been any snow storms for a while. Hopefully when the snow comes the rock will have eroded to uncover new fossils
Pic 1: the rock with possible vertebrae
Pic 2: fossil wood filled with what I think is millstone grit which you think your fossil has.
Just forgot to say I found a negative imprint or a Trigonocarpus nut today which is in a sandstone, which I believe is the millstone grit. I am going to research what I think yours is. I saw a fossil from whitby which was in a sandstone which yours probably contains.
Hi again chris,
I think I was wrong when I gave it the ID of calamites. I am surtain what you have are some nice sigillaria plant fossils. Where I live they are very common, but they are never in good condition. They are always fragmentary, so to find some big ones like you have is quite rare.
I have attached a picture of one that I found.
Thanks Dan for your identification. I googled it and it came up with the most amazing images and a few were very similar to mine.Regarding Tabfish I'm not so sure if it is millstone grit tried to find out on the internet. Say it is a very small quarry which borders Rochdale and Heywood but it seems to be a very coarse rock. Thanks again Dan