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Hello everyone. I've decided to join the discussion forum, having found UKAFH a few weeks ago on google. I thought its about time to kick start my fossil collection, after having considered it about 15 years or so ago, but never actually doing it.

I've started with two sharks teeth, which were washed up on the beech in front of St Albans Abbey. (believe that, you'll believe anything!) I actually purchased them from an antiques shop in St Albans when I was there recently. I'd noticed them in the shop on a previous visit and thought to myself, "Why Not." Please forgive my Joke about St Albans Abbey, as I can never resist a good giggle.

So these two teeth are the beginning, so to speak.  

The Megalodon tooth is from the Miocene period, and came from South Carolina, age not given.

The other tooth is from the Eocene, and came from Morocco, & is classed as 50 million years old. Not sure what shark it's from, as I can't read the written description on the paper which I had given to me upon purchase. Possibly someone here can identify it. I would very much appreciate it, if that can be done.

I've already obtained a couple of cold chisels for my fossil hunting kit, I'll add to it as funds and so on

Looking forward to meeting some of you in the future, as I'll still need to join the organization. I need to change my job, as at the moment I work nights, and this tends to destroy my weekends.

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Nice pieces, very good start to any collection!

Welcome to the forum.
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Welcome, Benny
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Thanks for the welcome. My collection has grown a bit more. Here's another two that I purchased recently from the same shop, as I decided to indulge myself further.

The Ammonite is Perisphinctes, and dates from the Jurassic period; 150 million years old, and comes from Madagascar. 



The Trilobite is Metacanthina, and dates from the Devonian period; 360 million years old and comes from Morocco.


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Nice fossils, and buying them can certainly be cost-effective, but it's also nice to find some for yourself! Do try to find time to get out and about if you possibly can. There are plenty of web guides that list the best sites in a given area. Or you can ask on here if you're not sure ... it's also worth getting a beginner's guide to fossils so you know what you've got and what the difference between, say, a brachipod and a bivalve is. And the best thing of all to do is to join a local geology society. Fellow addicts to swap gossip and specimens with! And old sweats are normally very generous to newcomers in my experience.
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Welcome Benny

I agree with the others and your new acquisitions are very nice.
However, the finding of your own collection is certainly the way to go. The pleasure in finding your own and gradually gaining knowledge of sites which are productive for fossil finds, can't be beat!
A recommended book, based on the many localities which UKAFH visit, is a good start also. It's bang up-to-date and has plenty of sites to ponder, for your weekends off! It's written for the amateur fossil enthusiast and hopefully a useful book for a few more years. Foreword written by Dean Lomax. 

For sale at UKGE here:

Good luck!

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Hello, and thanks for the additional welcomes.

Thanks also for the good advice. I can only imagine the enjoyment of finding your own fossils.
It's what I plan to do in the not too distant. As mentioned earlier, I'm looking forward to meeting some of you.

These four fossils were the starting point for my collection, as I could afford it, so thought I'd get it underway. Sort of like an early Christmas present to myself!

The book looks great, & is already on my list of 'to get' items for my kit; I'm building it up over the next few months. I often use the UKAFH website for reference with regards to what's needed.

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