Hi. I have just come back from fossil hunting in Whitby. I found: 15 'dac's', 5 brachiopods/bivalves, 1 possible ice age bone, 2 belemnites, and 2 gryphae (sorry if I spelled it wrong.)
I also bought a dinosaur footprint and an ammonite from natural wonders. The ammonite was in a pile of 'dac's', which were all cheap, and then a noticed an androgyoceras (sorry if I spelled it wrong.)
I usually keep everything I find in whitby, but I found so many 'dac's' that I could not keep them all. I found a Dac multiblock which contained many ammonites, but the boulder was too hard to smash open and it was way too big to take home.
Please correct my IDs if they are wrong
3. Ice age bone or modern
5. Gryphae (sorry if I spelled it wrong.)
Hi again. Here are the fossils which I bought. I also bought a huge dac in another fossil shop. Both of the ammonites come from whitby and the footprint comes from Utah.
Thanks for the reply mike. The belemnite is one of my faivorite finds. It is very shiny and it hasn't even been polished yet. Also, it was the first belemnite fossil I have ever found. I also found my first ever Gryphaea. My biggest dac measured 5.5cm, and is the biggest ammonite I have found so far.
The footprint is actually from Massachusetts (the palaeontologist first said it was from Utah, but then he found out it wasn't, so I only just realised because it said it on the description card.) I'm thinking it's off some kind of velociraperid dinosaur because the middle toe is very elongated, even for a theropod. Also, the toes are very thin. The height of the footprint also seems to suggest it's from something a similar in size, as it is not very deep (although I would think the deepens could also depend on what ground the dinosaur was walking on.)
Any ideas what species the Gryphaea and the belemnites are?
Hi again. After doing some research on the internet, I now doubt the footprint is off a velociraperid. From looking at pictures on google, the middle toes of this group of dinosaurs seem to be quite short. I'll keep looking for possibilities.
Hi again mike. Could you possibly ID this ammonite? I found it today. I originally though it was a dac but the outer chamber looks a bit different.
Hi here are the belemnites. I know one of them is a belemnite, but I'm not sure about the other. Does anyone know?
The one showing the obvious phragmocone is the belemnite, yes.
The other one is not obvious to me.
I note it is parallel-sided (so not a belemnite phragmocone) and has concentric laminations (so not a belemnite rostrum).
It is also not Bactrites (a straight cephalopod).
Tabfish - any ideas?
Hi Mike, not enough hours in a day at the moment!
You have found some nice fossils from the Whitby area Dan well done, I think the partial specimen could be a Peronoceras sp.
I would have gone for a partial Belemnite rostum Mike, but you have good reason for it not to be one.
Can't put a name on the specimen unfortunatly but the colour of the matrix and the jumble of other fossils look like it is from the Lower Jurassic - Middle Lias.
Did you find it near Kettleness?
Hi tabfish. Thanks for the reply. I found all of the fossils on the beach in whitby- on the part where there are cliffs to the left if you face the sea. I found them in the pebbles which had washed up to the back of the beach. There were a few other people fossils hunting, but only three or four.
I also found a few good fossil corals and two large brachiopods which I will post when they are fully polished. There has been a lot of bad rain lately where I live so it will probably take a while before I can prepare them.
Hi tabfish. Could you ID this if possible? I think it's coral but I'm not sure. Found on Whitby beach.
Very nice find - well done.
It looks to be a Rugose coral.
I have attached an image of one I found, cut and polished and now have in my collection.
It's the grey one on top.
I think the one you mean is possible called Lithostroton sp? a colonial coral.
If you are interested in corals then the Holderness coast will not usually let you down, but if you are a 'collector' they are no good because they have not been found - in situe.
Unfortunatly ALL rocks, minerals and fossils on the Holderness are Erratics because of the last ice age.
Working 'nites' at the moment so I have not got much time, I think you are correct with your I.D.
I have attached a couple of images of similar specimens to yours containing Lithostroton and sea lilly stems, I usually put thes smaller beach pebbles that contain fossils into my pocket and they soon polish up.
Nice interesting find.
Hi tabfish. Here are some of the other fossils which I have now polished. I think there are two Gryphaea, two brachiopods, and two bivalves. What species could they be? The brachiopods haven't been polished yet because I still need to remove some of the rock on them
Just finnished a week (7) of nite shifts, i have been bussey taking the family to our static on the Holderness coast in my spare time - so unfortunately not much time for the forum.
Can I suggest having a look at the Scarborough and Whitby museum fossil id site? everything on the Yorkshire coast from Belemnites to Dino's are on here.
I will have a look at the Belemnite, can you repost an image please.
Mystery solved! The possible belemnite is actually a matrix which contains a belemnite phragmocone. I looked at the dot at the bottom of the rock and it looked to be made of calcite (or a high % of it was.) So, I cracked the rock open by hitting it against a piece of flint. It's only small, but it's in really good condition.
Here are some pictures.