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plagistoma

I was talking to another hunter on the beach there today and he reckons he finds a Hybodus tooth nearly every time he goes there,i've never looked for teeth so have probably overlooked some.
 
steve
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Fossil hunter
Hi,every one.
I have visited Hock Cliff in Gloucestershire to look for some Lias fossils on Sunday.The weather was great but was a bit too muddy to do fossil hunting(the heavy rain had washed out soil from the top of the cliff creating pools of mud).
It was my first visit to Hock Cliff and I also met a man who have been collecting fossils there for over 25 years. He told me the good spots to look for fossils and he invited me to his house for tea and showed me his own fossil collection. Very impressive collection with Icthyosaurus bones and ammonites.
Here's some pictures of Hock Cliff and my finds.

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Plagiostoma gigantea and some other bivalves,crinoids on the surface of one of the limestone layers.
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Close-up of a crinoid stem from the same limestone.
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In-situ Gryphea sp.
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Dozens of Gryphea were seen at Hock cliff.
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One Gryphea specimen clumped with a crinoid stem and pyrite.
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Echinoid spines
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Tiny pyritised ammonites
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Thanks for watching!



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Joydip
Hock Cliff seems like a fabulous location. The variety and quality of your finds are really great too.
Congrats !


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RockClimber


The pools of mud are usual!
I went to Hock Cliff tonight.  it was very muddy and gloomy but still managed to find a few nice pieces of crinoid and ammonite (one ammonite seems to be covered in some sort of worm - will have a better look once i have cleaned it) - i have to resist the urge to pocket every devil's toenail i come across as i have quite a few already (i think they are amazing) - also picked up an echinoid spine - I picked up a few the last time i went and some of the blocks appear to be full of spines so does anyone ever find whole echinoids at Hock Cliff?
 
Tracey
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Naze Dave
Excellent stuff, the gyphaea look really crisp there.
Thanks
Dave
Still Life
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Fossil hunter

Hi,Joy dip.
Thank you for the compliments.Yes,it does seem to be an interesting site.
There are records of whole echinoids from Hock cliff although rare.It seems that spines and plates are the common findings from these beds.
Here's a picture of the echinoid Miocidaris lobatum from the lower part of the Bucklandi subzone at Hock cliff(image from British Lower Jurassic Stratigraphy volume 30 chapter 4).

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RockClimber


Cool - thank's for that Fossil Hunter - i will have to keep my eyes peeled.
managed to upload a couple of photos of the ammonite with worms - in a lull at work today found a good article on the Lyme Regis Museum website re worms and ammonites and also about predation on ammonites.
Tracey
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Fossil hunter
Been to Hock Cliff recently and here's some pictures of the site and my finds.
Mainly small pyrite ammonites,crinoid stems,urchin spines,Gryphea,bivalves,gastropods,brachiopods.
Also found a phragmacone of a belemnite.
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Poorly preserved in-situ Arietites bucklandi? 

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Thanks for watching!
Fossil hunter
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Dirty Pete




Went to Hock the other day hoping the high tides had scoured the foreshore but they hadn't.
Only found the usual grypheas and a dead bloated badger .
So checked out the walls of St Mary the Virgin, Fretherne which is next to the cliff and
ironically more fossiliferous than the cliff .
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Anyone know where the quarry was/is???
Cheers
Pete
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sal7373
From Hock Cliff in May 2012

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Loves school holidays - cus every day can be a fossil day :-)
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Dream Weaver
Really enjoying this thread 

As you were, ladies and gents... 
I think, therefore I am; I drink, therefore I'm no longer sure...
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Fossil hunter
Hi,Pete and Sal.
Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Fossil hunter
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Fossil hunter
Went to Hock Cliff this morning. The rain during the week seemed to have washed most of the mud away from the laminated Lias beds making collecting easier(not the usual mud soup condition).
The wind was quite strong but at least it was not raining(the BBC forecast was heavy rain).
Here's some pictures of the current state of Hock Cliff and today's finds.
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In situ ammonite
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In situ ammonite
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Partial large ammonite(A.Bucklandi?)
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Large Plagiostoma bivalve
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The usual Gryphea in situ
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Large fossilized wooden log
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Limestone packed with bivalves and crinoid stems...also one echinoid spine visible
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Close-up of the echinoid spine
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Another in situ ammonite in the soft shale beds
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Icthy vertebrae as found on beach
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Hock Cliff
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I am going to upload some more pictures of today's finds once I have washed them.
Thanks for watching!
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Fossil hunter
Icthy vertebrae found today
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Pyritic ammonites
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Crinoid stems
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Bivalves and brachiopods
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Gastropod
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Echinoid spines and plate
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Doggerfan
Very nice finds! Looks like you had a good day!
Best wishes from the Lake of Constance. Roger.
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Fossil hunter
Hi,Doggerfan.
Yes, it was quite a productive day. The wet weather has certainly cleared up the mud which usually covers the foreshore making fossil hunting more productive.

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plagistoma

Plenty of good finds there,i might have met you on the beach but called it off because of the bad weather reported,gutted as it was fine in the morning and only got iffy after dark here with only 10 mins of rain at 1pm.Has the gastropod still got its shell?i've had a couple of nice ones from there.Did you pick up the plagiostoma or leave it,they are usually sat in some very hard rock although i have found one or two in loose blocks at the tide line.I never seem to find any decent ammos only partials althogh i don't look too closely these days.
 
steve
It's always great to "shoot" your own
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Fossil hunter
Hi,Steve.
I was also expecting some rain but thankfully the forecast was wrong although the wind was quite strong at times.
The gastropod is my first from Hock cliff and it does seem to retain it's shell as I can see fine horizontal striations of the shell with some overlaying pyrite crystals.
I left the Plagiostoma in-situ as I was mainly after the ammonites and echinoid spines. 
On my 'want list' of fossils from this location is a complete echinoid(Miocidaris lobatum) and also hybodus shark tooth... Would like to see if anyone on the forum have any specimen of these?
I usually do not find much complete ammonites as there are usually found as loose fragments and the in situ ammonites are very fragile. 
The rain has washed away most of the mud and superficial sediments and I think that certainly helped with the find rate.

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plagistoma

I have never seen a sign of a shark tooth there and only ever see echinoid spines.
 
steve
It's always great to "shoot" your own
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Fossil hunter
A local collector at Hock cliff who has been collecting over 15 years from this site once showed me some shark tooth along with some nice Icthy bones from this site. I guess it is quite rare to find shark remains then.
 
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plagistoma

I have heard of an Ichy tooth or two being found there but never seen a sign myself and was talking to a local who said that years ago they used to get strings of Ichy verts out of the beach at the church end but then all the sea defences were dumped right on the site.
 
steve
It's always great to "shoot" your own
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Fossil hunter
I see. I have never seen an Icthy tooth either but strings of Icthy verts sounds interesting.

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Fossil hunter
Wow, I did not know it was that common...
I might try to look closer or try sieving some material to see if I could find some Hybodus shark tooth next time.
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