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Linne

Hi all,

My first post - here goes.

I have started collecting on the North Coast of Cornwall (between Bude and Tintagel) - local to me.  The only information I can find online about fossils from this area is about plant fossils in the Rusey formation (still yet to find) and also the fossil fish Cornuboniscus budensis (unlikely to find).  Otherwise there doesn't seem to be anything else.

I have found quite a number of rocks containing gastropods (pic 1 shows some of the larger ones I have found) and wondered if anyone could give me an idea as to species please?  The lack of information online suprises me (and initially made me think I had been finding quite unique items). 

More interestingly however - I have found 2 separate rocks containing what appears to be bone? (pics 2 onwards) The protruding shape from each specimen is remarkably similar making me think they are the same - does anyone have any ideas?

Could someone point me in the right direction of anyone with good knowledge of this area please?  I have been collecting fossils from numerous places for years, I would be very keen to learn more about those on my doorstep!

Thank you very much 🙂
Mark


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Gary W
I dont think the fossils are gastropods, but something far better. 
I am pretty sure thay are Goniatites, the ancestor of the Ammonites.
There is a good book about the north coast of cornwall in the Geologists Association guides (yellow softback) series.
Gary
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Dirty Pete
Hi Mark,
I've found the NHM fossil explorer app very useful at times.....interactive map/geology map with link to fossil database using gps on phone or manual input. 

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature/fossil-explorer-app.html

I see it lists 7 possible Goniatites for your area.

Pete
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Linne
Excellent stuff, thanks Gents!
Gary W wrote:
I dont think the fossils are gastropods, but something far better. 
I am pretty sure thay are Goniatites, the ancestor of the Ammonites.
There is a good book about the north coast of cornwall in the Geologists Association guides (yellow softback) series.

I managed to find a copy on Amazon, now on its way 🙂

Dirty Pete wrote:
Hi Mark,
I've found the NHM fossil explorer app very useful at times.....interactive map/geology map with link to fossil database using gps on phone or manual input. 

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature/fossil-explorer-app.html

I see it lists 7 possible Goniatites for your area.
Pete

Just downloading it now, will check it out 🙂
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Gary W
I am sure the book will be useful to guide you to different sites.  There are many books in this series, ok they are out of date but coastal sites dont really change.
Gary
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