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Hi Everyone,
I have only just joined this forum and I’m really glad I found it. I love fossils and have recently returned from a trip to Charmouth this half term. I found, amongst other wonderful things, this interesting rock on the beach there. I have no idea if it’s an ammonite nodule but there was just something about it that made me pick it up and bring it home. I’d love to have it opened up and see what treasures it might hide but have no idea where to start...?
Any advice about it would be very welcome from all you wonderful fellow fossil-lovers out there!
Thank you.

Jaz 👍🏽

PS sorry for all the photos but I thought the more I showed the easier it would be to identify. 🧐 Click image for larger version - Name: 2EB4E74F-0890-49D3-9204-ABD3FA3069A9.jpeg, Views: 29, Size: 332.82 KB Click image for larger version - Name: DFBFB931-2B0F-456B-8842-E059C4D2DBB8.jpeg, Views: 32, Size: 330.65 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 766E5DC9-1D6D-4AA6-8300-67017C6CD7D4.jpeg, Views: 37, Size: 442.00 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 5332C035-6879-45E3-B2AD-8B6D7A1CAB2A.jpeg, Views: 34, Size: 440.11 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 6BD10AE4-77B5-4A9E-BB1E-9DEC2BAB1C94.jpeg, Views: 32, Size: 432.87 KB Click image for larger version - Name: D1FEC2A2-D572-4E89-B3DA-11711FA67864.jpeg, Views: 46, Size: 417.19 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 8418A293-5D25-4871-AD49-7193580D0ED6.jpeg, Views: 50, Size: 691.83 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 2B9D42B3-2A69-4A85-A758-AC36A973F122.jpeg, Views: 45, Size: 377.59 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 295C484F-817D-4E94-B23D-C1F8FAF71FE3.jpeg, Views: 39, Size: 472.27 KB Click image for larger version - Name: ED3754CF-967B-4BE3-9E2B-D1F1ECB0BC43.jpeg, Views: 39, Size: 506.46 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 7496929F-CD85-4500-A701-910F3D949770.jpeg, Views: 38, Size: 378.69 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 2891E45B-D3F6-47C2-909A-0B860DBE6138.jpeg, Views: 33, Size: 360.73 KB
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Gandalf the White
Looks a bit like coral
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Thanks Gandalf, much appreciated 👍🏽😊
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Hello Jaz and welcome to the forum. I have had a look at your photos (well, most of them) and believe the 'shapes' withn the nodule are sections of brachiopods / bivalves and possibly other tihngs as well. I cannot see any evidence of ammonite(s), but that doesn't mean the aren't any inside! What I can see are at least a couple of cracks in this nodule, so you might like to give these points a few firm taps with a hammer to see what they reveal. Oh, if all else fails a big blow parallel to the bedding plane (or if you can't see any - anywhere) will break it completely, but be reasonably gentle at first. Please remember to wear ey protection and gloves.
Colin Huller
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Thank you Prep01 for all that really useful and very helpful information. I will definitely have a (safe) go at cracking it open in the way that you have suggested, you never know what treasure it may or may not reveal inside....🤔
It is great to see all the photos and comments on here from so many like-minded people, I shall be an expert in no time! 😬
Thank you again for your kind help. I will let you know if I find anything of interest. 😊👍🏽
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