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FossilHunter06
Last year, I found these rocks with shell impressions in my garden after breaking up rock after rock with my hammer and chisel. I would like to find out the species of these shell impressions so I would appreciate any attempt at identifying any of the shell impressions. Could any reply please refer to the picture they are talking about in the information (possibly by mentioning the number of the picture or colour of the shell or rock etc.) as this would greatly help me to completely understand which picture is being described. My garden is in Chepstow, Wales. Thank you very much to anyone who attempts to identify any of the shell impressions because I appreciate the effort and time that you put in to try to help a fellow fossil hunter out. I have inserted pictures below with multiple angles on each shell impression.   IMG_1226.jpg  IMG_1230.jpg  IMG_1233.jpg  IMG_1234.jpg  IMG_1235.jpg  IMG_1236.jpg  IMG_1237.jpg  IMG_1239.jpg  IMG_1246.jpg  IMG_1245.jpg  IMG_1240.jpg  IMG_1254.jpg  IMG_1252.jpg  IMG_1251.jpg  IMG_1247.jpg  IMG_1259.jpg  IMG_1257.jpg  IMG_1256.jpg  IMG_1255.jpg  IMG_1266.jpg  IMG_1265.jpg  IMG_1263.jpg  IMG_1261.jpg  IMG_1260.jpg  IMG_1259.jpg  IMG_1276.jpg  IMG_1275.jpg  IMG_1274.jpg  IMG_1273.jpg  IMG_1271.jpg  IMG_1270.jpg  IMG_1228.jpg  IMG_1225.jpg  IMG_1211.jpg  IMG_1219.jpg  IMG_1221.jpg  IMG_1222.jpg
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FossilHunter06
Did I post too many pictures on a post? If I did then I could re post it with only about 10 pictures and then gradually post more pictures every week.
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prep01
Hi, there are a lot of photos, but in my opinion more is good, however you might have duplicated / overlapped some.  cannot help you with them as they are too fragmented / not enough of them. Many I cannot see any sgn of fossls, just clasts. (from Wiki - Clastic rocks are composed of fragments, or clasts, of pre-existing minerals and rock. A clast is a fragment of geological detritus,[1] chunks and smaller grains of rock broken off other rocks by physical weathering
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Barrow Museum
Photos 3 and 7 feature the same brachiopod shell impression.  The calcite shell has dissolved away and you have the impression of the internal brachial structure (common feature to all brachiopods).  Difficult to give a name from the photos available, but they resemble Orthid brachiopods I have seen typical of Ordovician rocks, which I guess is the age of all the samples in your garden.
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FossilHunter06
Thank you for the information! The two rocks in photo 7 are actually from the same brachiopod impression as they can be fitted together to form what the rock looked like before I bashed it and revealed the shell impression. Your information has helped me greatly as I now know the exact period that the rocks from my garden are from instead of just knowing the era that my rocks come from. Knowing just the era wouldn't help you to be completely accurate on the age as an era has a big range of years while knowing the period would lessen that year range so it would enable you to be more accurate on the age of the rocks from my garden. Thank you very much for all the information you have provided me so far!

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