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Nov 20, 2013 8:53 PM

plant  fossils?

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..

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    Nov 20, 2013 9:09 PM (in response to chris)
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    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.

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        Nov 21, 2013 4:40 PM (in response to chris)
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        Hi cris,

         

        I'll post the pictures at about 7:30 - 8:15

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        Nov 21, 2013 5:11 PM (in response to chris)
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        Hi,

         

        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.

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          Nov 21, 2013 8:34 PM (in response to Dan)
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          Good images Dan.

           

          Tabfish

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            Nov 21, 2013 8:38 PM (in response to Tabfish)
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            Thanks for the compliment!

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                Nov 21, 2013 9:11 PM (in response to chris)
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                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!)

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                    Nov 22, 2013 7:35 PM (in response to chris)
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                    hi again,

                     

                    A few more fossil pictures.

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                    Nov 22, 2013 7:39 PM (in response to chris)
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                    A few more pictures...

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                    Nov 22, 2013 7:44 PM (in response to chris)
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                    A few more pictures...

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                    Nov 22, 2013 7:45 PM (in response to chris)
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                    A few other ones..

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                    Nov 22, 2013 7:49 PM (in response to chris)
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                    Now some nicer ones...

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                    Nov 22, 2013 7:56 PM (in response to chris)
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                    The last five now, hope these are helpful to you when you are fossil hunting.  It is is very enjoyable finding plant/wood fossils.

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                        Nov 22, 2013 10:02 PM (in response to chris)
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                        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.

                         

                        Tabfish

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                          Nov 23, 2013 8:20 AM (in response to Tabfish)
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                          Hi tabfish,

                           

                          Millstone grit is common in Yorkshire, but I find mine in semi sandstone which is more like a sedement rather than a rock, so it may be the millstone grit where I find mine.

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                          Nov 23, 2013 8:27 AM (in response to Tabfish)
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                          Hi again,

                           

                           

                          I think I am going fossil hunting today, so I will bring back a sample of a sandstone and a semi sandstone so you can compare them.

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                          Nov 23, 2013 2:18 PM (in response to Tabfish)
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                          Hi again,

                           

                           

                          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.

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                            Nov 23, 2013 10:36 PM (in response to Dan)
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                            Hi Dan

                            If you love fossil collecting but don't have the room to display the fossils you find then micro fossils is the way to go because a life times collecting can be stored in a match box!

                             

                            Tabfish

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                          Nov 23, 2013 2:21 PM (in response to Tabfish)
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                          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.

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                          Nov 23, 2013 2:26 PM (in response to Tabfish)
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                          Hi, I have resereched it and I think yours is from the boulder sandstone formation, which would be why it is made up of sand/gravel.

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                        Nov 23, 2013 2:46 PM (in response to chris)
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                        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.

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