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Jul 14, 2014 7:45 PM

what is this fossil found at Lyme Regis

Hi,

Last week I was on holiday in Lyme Regis in Dorset. I was walking along the base of the

 

cliffs at Golden Cap and found the attached fossil/stone in the grey coloured mud. The item is 3.5 inches long and the circular part at the bottom has a darker spot in the middle on both sides and is about the size of a 2p. Would it be possible to identify this item for me please.i do have more photos if required.

Thanks

  Geoff

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    Jul 14, 2014 9:18 PM (in response to geoff)
    Re: what is this fossil found at Lyme Regis

    Hi Geoff, interesting find and welcome to Nature Plus.

    I increased the size of your images and it looks to be a mudstone concretion, usually were I collect on the Holderness coast the bulbous areas would contain some sort of fossil, but I cannot see this in your specimen although on your last image there is some fossil remains on the surface.

    Cretaceous flint sometimes occurs in similar shapes to yours - but it's not flint.

    The only other sighn of anchant life I could think of is a burrow infill, these are called trace fossils and they are were the animal has left a mark (like a footprint) on it's travels.

    Nice find.

     

    Tabfish

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