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Kosmoceras wrote:

Would be interested to see some of your chalk specimens...


Hi Kosmoceras, I've just posted a recent addition to my chalk collection. http://discussfossils.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=5996&title=id-on-chalk-ammonite

Would love to hear what you think.
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RockFossil
Hi to All,

I have just returned from a holiday in the Forest of Dean, and was able to spend an afternoon at Whitecroft Spoil Heap. I managed to find two fossils and was hoping to get some help with identifying them.

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I have attempted to identify them using the books I have and from images on the internet but I really like to be sure. Number 2 I think is Calamites sp. I think number 1 might be the bark of a tree. It looks like theres two types of bark too. Any help would be much appreciated. Many Thanks

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Posh Beaver


The first picture are the barks of Lycopod clubmoss trees belonging to the Lepidodendron/Sigillaria species. The second picture is a Calamites stem probably Calamites suckowi.

Here is a sample of  bark from my collection that I found at Fowlmead Country park near Deal, Kent. One of the two bits is different because I think it is a more mature sample of bark. My sample is Sigllaria mamillaris. Lepidodendron samples have a leave texture to them and are not as ridged when undistorted. 

Hope this helps

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RockFossil
Thanks for the help Posh. I'm more of a Cretaceous Chalk man so these fossils are a new kind of find for me. Thanks also for the details about the Deal. Is it still possible to find fossils there or is it all too landscaped now the park is there? I am based in Rochester so a trip to Deal to look for Carboniferous fossils would be a little afternoon hop for me.
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Kosmoceras

Would be interested to see some of your chalk specimens...
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Posh Beaver


The Fowlmead country park has one of the old tips open to hunt for fossils. There is a bit of work involved in digging out good chunks of rock but the ferns are well preserved and there is a good variety of plant types. It was the site of Belleshanger Colliery and they are mainly from the South Wales Middle Coal Measures Formation, South Wales Coal Measures Group. The seam worked was the Kent No. 6 Seam - H seam at Belleshanger.

There is the same material at the old hover port at Pegwell Bay as it was used for hardcore under the concrete. Some is now exposed as some of the concrete has been removed. This material is from Belleshanger and from Chislet Colliery and is from the same seam.

This is a group of seeds I found on my trip with the UKAFH. You can find other types of them if you are lucky. You do end up a bit mucky and looking like a miner but it is worth it a you can come across good sections of Lycopod bark. Good hunting.

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