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Apr 20, 2011 2:43 PM

Answered - Chalk gastropod shell fossil, Turrilites scheuchzerianus


I live on the isle of wight , it is a great place for finding fossils.

one day I was walking my dog up on the downs/hillsI came across some small ammonites and this fossil in a hard limestone which I think is lower greensand it is in a shape of a uni-corn horn with crystals inside it I have been looking for something like it but no luck can

you help me identify this please, marc




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One of the little ammonites in my bonsai tree pot  that i found with it, cute isn't it"


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    Jan 6, 2011 12:21 PM (in response to marcney)
    Re: I found this fossil



    Whereabouts in the Isle of Wight did you find it? Could you post photos from a few more angles and use a scale please?


    It's hard to tell from the photo, but it looks the rock could be Chalk to me. If so, it looks like an uncoiled heteromorph ammonite. Turrilites scheuchzerianus looks quite like it.



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    Jan 20, 2011 11:07 AM (in response to marcney)
    Re: I found this fossil

    Hello again,


    The size and the locality both fit - the Ventnor Downs are formed of Chalk and three and a half inches is spot on for the part you have (although complete specimens can be over 7 inches long and look more elongated). So my ID is Turrilites scheuchzerianus.



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  • Hi, I know this is a little late, but ...

    , just thought I'd add that the small ammonite under the bonsai looks like a Schloenbachia varians


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    May 3, 2011 11:30 AM (in response to marcney)
    Re: Answered - How fossil's are formed

    a fossle is formed when a animal who lives in the sea dies, over centerys layers of rock compess the body, till there is a print on the rock.

    the body will just rot away.

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