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Aug 10, 2013 1:03 PM

Oxford Clay Fossils

Dear Natural History Museum,

My name is Joshua and I am 7 years old. I live in Peterborough. I like fossil hunting and I have found lots of fossils from the Oxford clay. Dad and me have found out lots in books and the on the internet. I took some of my fossils to the Natural History Road Show in Peterborough the lady from the Natural History Museum said I should get in touch.


We have lots of marine reptile teeth maurenosaurus, cryptoclydus and metoirychus.

 

We also have a very big tooth  with fat lines on it. But I have got some bits of jaws we want to show you and two teeth that are not like marine reptiles and we think we have a turtle shell, and a bone which is very delicate and it has crystals inside.Delicate bone.jpg


  I have taken some photos to show you. Can you help us find out what they are? Can I bring them into show you?

 


Big tooth.jpg


 

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Joshua

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    Oct 19, 2013 12:58 PM (in response to FossilJosh)
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    picture 1 looks like a fish bone, maybe a tendon, the teeth look like ichthyosaur teeth, appart from that tooth which is in in a jaw which looks too small to be an ichthyosaur jaw so it could be a fish jaw, and them shell things on the rocks Are ammonites. Also the bone that I think is a fish bone would probably glue together perfectly with a bit of super glue.  Also if you want to polish your fossils you could use wood varnish.  I use it all the time and my fossils look really good when polished.

     

    I hope this was helpful

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      Oct 19, 2013 12:13 PM (in response to Dan)
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      Also, none of them are actually dinosaur teeth.  Ichthyosaurs weren't technically dinosaurs, but they are still good fossils to find.

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        Oct 19, 2013 12:56 PM (in response to Dan)
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        Also, there is something else I forgot to tell you about them: they are jurassic in age (around 190 million years old).  Where I live, the fossils are carboniferous in age and they are 320 million years old.  That is way before the dinosaurs, but I still find loads of petrefied wood pieces.  The oxford clay is the age of the dinosaurs, but they are all fossils from the sea. Also, a place I suggest to go fossil hunting is abbey wood in London.  I have never been there but apparently it has loaded of fossil shark teeth there.

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          Oct 19, 2013 3:54 PM (in response to Dan)
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          I have being looking at the teeth again and now I think they are plesiosaur teeth and not ichthyosaur teeth.  Hopefully an expert will give their opinion.

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    Oct 20, 2013 10:02 PM (in response to FossilJosh)
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    Hello Joshua

    I am a lot older than you but when i was about 7 my dad brought me some fossils home from a 'pipe line' he was digging and the interest/obsession has stayed with me all my life, i have even passed it onto my 5 son's.

    Well done to your dad ! as well as mine.

     

    Tabfish

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