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Aug 29, 2013 7:23 PM

Fossil from the garden

This is a question from my 6 year old, Maia.



I found this fossil by the pond in the garden of my new house.

Please could you tell me what it is, and how old it is.

I think it's a big fat caterpillar!

Thank you,



Extra info. We live in worcestershire but, the house was previously owned by a geologist and the pond is covered in rocks and shells from all over the world.


Maias finger is in the pictures for scale.

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    Sep 5, 2013 2:09 AM (in response to papapea)
    Re: Fossil from the garden

    difficult to id without knowing rock itsd in intresting tho

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    Sep 17, 2013 9:59 PM (in response to papapea)
    Re: Fossil from the garden

    Hello Papapea

    What a great find in you garden! Very nice.

    I may be wrong but I would like to take a 'shot' at naming you find.

    Alectryonia or Ostrea -it is a bivalve (fossil oyster) and can be found to have been around during the Cretaceous, Jurassic and the Triassic.

    What confused me was the fact I could find no reference to specimens from the UK until I read your post again about your homes previous owner being a geologist and putting his specimens from around the world next to the pond.

    A great fossil to start a collection.



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