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I recently moved into the area and have found myself increasingly obsessed with fossil hunting along the beach. Most finds are sponges, bivalves and sea urchins (I have even dug urchins up in the garden), but earlier in the week I stumbled on a giant ammonite:

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Peacehaven, a couple of miles to the east, is relatively famous for its giant ammonites, but I haven't seen anything documented for Saltdean. Beyond posting photos here, is there anything I should do in terms of reporting this?

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It's too worn to make a positive identification on this specimen.  But based on its size and proportions alone, it is probably what is left of a Parapuzozia (Austeniceras) sp.  They are not uncommon in Cenomanian and Turonian chalk in the UK.

Here's one of several I have found...  Yours must have been even larger in life, as the preserved part is still septate - the body chamber has disappeared. Parapuzozia.jpg

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Thanks for the info! 👍
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Very nice! Here’s one I found recently.

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Nice! Whereabouts was that?
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