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Gentlemen, many thanks for your advice.

Indeed most literature is outdated and I was hoping for a bit more up-to-date publication or reference material. For the less experienced collector like myself, I do have a bit of difficulty identifying the fossiliferous beds - a huge challenge.

Could someone post an image of the Eype Starfish beds? I suppose you're refering to those at Golden Cap?


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How can I identify what band of rock / strata I am looking at? Assuming that I have a local geological map of an area, say Dorset, then that would be Jurassic rocks. Within that area, how can I identify the beds correctly? eg starfish beds, and so on?

Thank you guys.


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Gary W
Mainly by experience.  To identify a bed you need the literature about that bed then look for markers e.g. 6 inch nodule band immediately below.  Follow through the sequence looking for distinctive beds until you find the one you are looking for.

Saying that finding the starfish bed at Eype is easier as all you need to do is look for the large blocks with neatly chiseled squares cut out of it from where previous collectors have been!!
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a lot of the literature related to the strata is quite old and out of print with limited copies published and sometimes its difficult to get hold of so plenty time spent on the beach with the odd good luck find to point you in the right direction you begin to hone in on the more productive sections and then consequently waste less time looking where there isnt much to find. As Gary says you cant beat ''experience''
Have a nice day :0)
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by experience and knowing your fossils and ammonites well. so for instance you find a such a such ammonite in a certain bed then you know it bed number such and such then you have to think ah so the bed i am looking for is up there or further down. then you have to find an area where it comes down to beach level or chest height to look at it.
PLEASE BE AWARE HOWEVER THAT DIGGING IN CLIFFS IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN AT MOST SITES. Including dorset. Best way to get around this is view the rock type in the cliff that you are looking for and then see if you can find fallen blocks on the beach to study. ONLY COLLECT FROM FALLEN MATERIAL. 

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try looking at website, click on image bank, go to volumes on Jurassic Stratigraphy and view by chapter on low resolution.
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