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Hajicon

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Hello, this is my first ever fossil find. I'm still trying to clean it, but it's quite large, and it's a very slow process.

I think it's a type of ammonite, but it almost looks like it's missing the shell, and the imprint of the flesh can be seen (looks like lobster meat to me). There is a small fragment of shell still on it towards the top right.

Any help identifying would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Hajicon and welcome.

That looks like a nautilus rather than an ammonite. It's a nice find, whatever; locality details would aid proper identification.
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Hajicon

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Hi CurtKnap, thank you for the welcome. I found it at West Bay beach cliffs in Dorset. I think I read somewhere that it's inferior oolite, although I know nothing about geology or fossils.
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Most likely Cenoceras inornatum (Jurassic); google it and you should see some good examples for comparison. 
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Hajicon

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I googled it and it looks exactly the same. Thank you for the ID. Any ideas on how to get the clay off? It's as hard as rock.
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It likely is rock, rather than clay. The matrix can probably be removed manually, but not easy without damaging the fossil, and very time consuming. It would not be a difficult preparation job for someone experienced with appropriate air tools, but that would involve a cost - it depends how much value you put on your find.
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Please get it cleaned up. A tidy Nautilus would be an envious addition to any fossil hunters collection.

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