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aurelius
At the end of the day, these 'secret' areas that people won't share can't be too hard to find - there's a limited area that you can access! I have certainly found particular areas where I am more likely to find certain things, and you can sometimes tell from the neatly cut-out sections in the shale platforms where vertebrate remains have been found. In the absence of good advice (and good advice is somewhat rare), trial and error tends to work out in the long term.
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Koss1959
Anyone had any luck lately? For the last month or two fossiling has been awful. I found a 4cm Asteroceras a while back and the girlfriend found an articulated Ichthy vert/ basioccipital but apart from that, nothing. We need a storm and some bad (good) weather.

And second question:

I've seen some really nicely preserved loose bones in local shops/ museums. Where are they found? They always look so crisp and unworn so I assume they aren't just rolling around in the shingle. Same with the articulated finds. I just don't know where they'd be found.

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MattFossil
No luck for me either. I was hoping that little shower we had on Saturday morning would have helped but nada.

All my better preserved bone finds have come from the scree slopes. With the lack of persistent rain there's little in the way of fresh stuff making down on to the beach. Roll on Winter!

Cheers,

Matt
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aurelius
Our best bone has all been washed out of the mudflows - if you get it before the tide has bashed it about, it can be pristine.
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Koss1959
That's good to know, thanks. Winter needs to hurry up...

And the complete skeletons? You always see them in large of shale. Are they found in that or are they relaid?
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MattFossil
Here's a comparison of a beach worn vert from Monmouth vs one from a scree slope at Stonebarrow:



That said, my first (and possibly best) verts were from the tide line at Stonebarrow last last summer. Still awaiting prep:



I got this little bundle from a clay block at Stonebarrow too. Alas, I never did find the rest of it:



Cheers,

Matt
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jwarren
Crikey Matt...got some cracking verts there...well done.


Jason
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Bow1980
Matt those articulated verts the last ones u posted were sold on eBay a few months back, so wondering if u were the buyer or seller??

Koss you'll never get a straightforward answer to that question because why would you want extra competition for such great finds.

The slip at black ven is for tourists imho
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MattFossil
Thanks Jason :)

Bow, I found them but gave them to a friend to sell for me. I prefer my chunky verts!

Cheers,

Matt
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jwarren
You sold them on ebay....pfff...next time you find something like that gimme a shout...
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Koss1959
Bow1980 wrote:
Matt those articulated verts the last ones u posted were sold on eBay a few months back, so wondering if u were the buyer or seller??

Koss you'll never get a straightforward answer to that question because why would you want extra competition for such great finds.

The slip at black ven is for tourists imho


I've noticed that. Everyone seems to keep quiet about it. I don't blame them. I always look across Black Ven and have found some nice stuff there but it's all the same. Loose verts, few nice sized ammonites, nothing to write home about. I did find a Plesiosaur basicranium loose in the shingle though. Probably my best find. But nothing else spectacular.
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ryanc

It's probably best the articulated stuff isn't that easy to find because from what I have seen it requires tools/skills/help that most people simply wont have available to them to do the extraction/transport job properly.

I wouldn't personally attempt it without help - better to leave it than to have to break it into pieces for transport?

The ones I have seen extracted were all embedded in the shale but spotting them is not easy.

Regards,

Ryan



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