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angiemiles

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I think I have posted this to the wrong place on one of my previous posts. Just tells you I don't know what I am doing. Please can you tell me if there is anything interesting here, my first ever fossil hunt and I picked up things which I found interesting from isle of sheppy yesterday. Angela

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Hello and welcome to the forum. To be honest, to be able to gve you definitive answers to all these would a) take me  whole day (or nearly) and  would need several photos of each specimen and a scale (a ruler is best) in each photo. However, I have looked at your photos and these jump out at me
Photo 1
I think these are all flints with modern grazing trails of modern gastropods (sea snails)

Photo 2
As 1, but in one of them there may be the mould left where a small shell has been.

Photo 3


the white nodule is of interest but I can't tweak the photo.

Photo 4
no fossils that I can see.

Photo 5
As 4

Photo6, 7, 8, 9

Oh, sorry - all stones from what I can see
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angiemiles

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Thank you for taking a look
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Hi Angela,

I've only been to Sheppey once, over 20 years ago but all the fossils I found were in pyrite (Fools Gold), and looked like lumps of rust. Most were plant material but there were other bits and pieces. I've attached a photo of a little Nautilus to give you an idea of what to look for.

Brian naut.jpg 

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angiemiles

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Thank you for the info,
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Image 0324 is mainly flint pebbles, many of which have been hammered by sea action such that the surfaces are all peppered by mini-conical fractures that develop when a point-source hits them (rather as happens to a thick pane of glass hit by a bullet or pointed hammer).  You can look up the physics of this by searching "Hertzian Cones".  These fractures encourage chemical degradation of the flint (it develops a sort of cortex under certain conditions of silica dissolution) and leave behind the arcuate pale lines evident on some of the pebbles, particularly top, middle.

Image 0326 has a cross section of a sponge in what is probably a chalk pebble.  Can't really be sure of any genus, but it might be from the "club-shaped" Paraplocia sp.

The mini-holes in some of the stones are recent in origin, and are usually the result of activity by boring sponges.  Bigger holes would be made by rock-boring bivalves, but I don't see any in your photos.
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angiemiles

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Thank you for the reply.
I broke open the two black objects in picture 7 to find a very large metal nut and an artillery shell. Must have been coated in oil/coal which had hardened.
So, something as a keepsake anyway
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