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Julian123
I agree with Dave - I've found plenty of complete small ones but only broken big ones.
Julian

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AMARSH
Hi all
 

Well, I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours fossiling early on Saturday morning (in fact, I was on the beach at 6am - don't you just love camping Smile).

 

Anyway, found lots of lovely shells, but I wanted to share just one in particular. I don't know if you remember, but I said I was after a nice gastropod? Well, up on the slips I saw something just poking out from one of the faces. On closer inspection it looked like none other than a large Athleta lucator shell. But was it in one piece? I carefuly teased it from the clay, and here it is:

 

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Wow! One of those butterflies in your stomach moments. It has a little damage on the reverse side (its lost a bit of the lip next to the apeture), but all in all its in pretty good nick - not bad for a 40,000,000 year old shell!

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Andrew
Andrew Marsh
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rab7ies
thats a stunner andrew!
down amongst the stones.
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spider
Andrew, Thats a beauty, well done Thumbs Up
Have a nice day :0)
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ThomasM
Wow that's nice, almost perfect!

Thomas

If you don't look, you won't find.
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clypeus
Well done Andrew!
that's a great find!

ITER IN PRAETERITUM
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plagistoma

Thats a great looking piece well done.


 


steve

It's always great to "shoot" your own
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Naze Dave
Thats a belter, well done mate. Did you manage any shark teeth?
Thanks
Dave
Still Life
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fusilier21
What a beautiful shell. Well played, Sir.
Andrew
Je passe quand meme
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fantastic....looks like it croaked yesterday,never mind 40mya!
Alan
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FossilFanatic
Great shell with really crisp detail, well done!
Let their be fossils!
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andy333
Very nice find Andrew. Well done.
Andy
Crossing the eyes and dotting the teas.
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Tabfish

One of them finds that you will remember for a long time Andrew, well done!


Tabfish
Tabfish at the Waterside
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AMARSH
Hi guys! Thanks for all the replies. I think I was extremely lucky to find this - a combination of the recent dry weather which meant I was able to explore the slips, and the heavy rain on Friday which washed fossils out of the clay. Its certainly the nicest fossil I've found in a long time . So are these large shells common at Barton? There were quite a few broken pieces around, so I guess they just get broken very easily in the slips? Unfortunately I didn't find any teeth, but hey, once I found this that didn't matter.
 

Thanks

 

Andrew
Andrew Marsh
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Johnny
Great find, it is rare to fine one of these in such great condition. Nice one. They are common but only in peices!
Mud glorious mud.
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AMARSH

Hi Johnny


Thanks for your reply. I remember seeing some of these in the Sedgewick museum in Cambridge last year, and thinking wouldn't it be great to find one of those - now I've got my own Big smile


What I love about Barton is the fact that you can just pick up fossils without having to split rocks etc. It would've been nice to find one of the large sharks teeth, but theres always another day.

 

Andrew
Andrew Marsh
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Phileas fossilis
These are great! well done. We have some in Canterbury Museum Collection
-Hopefully on display again soon.

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Bas
Well done, nice find. Ive only found small examples of the one you have posted but have found similar sized shells of different species. I'll post them when I get a chance!Smile
 

Bas
To understand where we are going, we need to know where we have been.
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AMARSH

Hi Bas, it would be good to see those if you get a chance. I'd love to find one of those large Hippochrenes amplus, but they look really fragile.


Andrew



Andrew Marsh
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Naze Dave
Hi Andrew
The big ones are really uncommon, but the small juvenile ones can be found rather easily.
Thanks
Dave
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