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Jun 13, 2013 1:14 PM

Fossilised Fish Identification

Hi

 

Just wondered if anyone could give me any idea what type of fish this fossil may be. My daughter is learning about rocks & fossils at school so we dug out some fossils we had (ammonites, belamnites, jurassic oysters & jet) that we had collected over the years for her to take in to 'show & tell'. This fossil was found approximately 30 years ago, when I was a child at Runswick Bay (about 8 miles form Whitby)

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

 

Fossilised Fish Photo.JPG

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    Jun 13, 2013 3:28 PM (in response to ClaireSilcock)
    Re: Fossilised Fish Identification

    Claire,

     

    I'm not seeing a fish...

     

    I think I am seeing fragments (white) and moulds of bivalves, though not well enough to ID in greater detail.

    Have a look at the Gryhaea in the third photo on this page, and you'll get an idea of how the shell can curve-over at the top (umbo); I think we can see a similar form to one of the main shells in your specimen

    - http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/fossils/bivalve.htm

     

    Mike

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    Jun 14, 2013 12:04 PM (in response to ClaireSilcock)
    Re: Fossilised Fish Identification

    Hi Claire,

    Where do you live? Why don't you all go collecting fossils close to where you live so that your daughter can have the fun of discovering them for herself?

     

    I you email me I can forward you a sheet of labels and advice re: collecting fossils (techniques and localities to look) . If you live near London, I would be happy to help support your daughter to identify them herself and enhance her project.

    My email address is:   f.fearnhead@nhm.ac.uk

     

    All the very best,

    Fiona

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      Jun 14, 2013 1:29 PM (in response to Fiona - Museum ID team)
      Re: Fossilised Fish Identification

      Claire,

       

      I understand your description, but I think your 'eye socket' and the 'head' and 'dorsal fin' are incidental shapes.

      If it was a fish in this section, you'd expect to see some vestige of a spine at least.

      You do, however, have the benefit of seeing it at first hand - so this remains just my opinion.

      But thanks for concurring with me, Keith!

       

      Mike

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