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0505EBEF-5561-49BD-867D-B18938AEFB24.jpeg  1568EF63-142B-4C71-9452-0C3198E6A5BD.jpeg  53F62B71-3062-42F3-A3A8-6C923DC540A5.jpeg  615562A8-848A-4A14-BB63-A175FCE4326E.jpeg  C6EAEFD6-4775-4DF7-BEB5-6ADD9BF28DB0.jpeg  I found the below at Walton on the Naze. It looks like a skull with teeth but I could just be seeing things! Any thoughts 
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Dirty Pete
That's definitely a head, jaws/teeth, presumably fish. A rare find I guess and hopefully someone on here will recognise it.

Pete.
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prep01
Was this a beach collected specimen and does it have any matrix adhereing to the inside?
Colin Huller
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Rdl81
prep01 wrote:
Was this a beach collected specimen and does it have any matrix adhereing to the inside?


hello Colin it was found at the cliff edge at Walton on the Naze beach I am not sure what you mean by matrix sorry. Someone else said it was likely a primitive fish skull?
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Rdl81
It’s was found at the bottom of a cliff at Walton on the Naze. Someone said it’s likely to be a primitive fish skull?
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Gary W
Very interesting find, presumably from the London Clay.  I would say fish skull as well
Gary
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Rdl81
Gary W wrote:
Very interesting find, presumably from the London Clay.  I would say fish skull as well


yes it was from near the clay not totally embedded in it though. Any idea on age or what it could have looked like when alive?


Also found the below shark tooth and some fossil wood. Also a couple of things that look like bone but how can I tell vs say a rock? Click image for larger version - Name: 3DF9A9CD-9A2F-48EC-9724-1B80DD3F6FED.jpeg, Views: 12, Size: 338.37 KB
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Narlgoth
Great find!
- Brad
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prep01
The 'matrix is the rock, clay etc that encases the fossil - it does (on a second look) like London clay
Colin Huller
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MartynH
That looks very like Amia (Bowfin Fish) we find them here on the Isle of Wight and your specimen does look very similar. Would need careful prep to be sure but looks like it would be worth it.
Martyn H
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Elbert
Hello, WOW! what a find!
If you are not familiar with preparing fossils, I think it is best to have it done.  It is worth it; this is a rare find and one of the best ones I`ve seen on this forum.
Congrats!

greets, Bert
the search is as valuable as the finds...
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Rdl81
Thank you everyone. Does anyone know the age of it approx be good to try and explain to the children?
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Rdl81
Elbert wrote:
Hello, WOW! what a find!
If you are not familiar with preparing fossils, I think it is best to have it done.  It is worth it; this is a rare find and one of the best ones I`ve seen on this forum.
Congrats!

greets, Bert


i have never prepared a fossil at all what would it entail I assume I could maybe find someone that could do it for me?
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prep01
If you PM me with your location I will try and find someone for you. The age? Around 45 million years old.
Colin Huller
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Angela Amonite
Amazing find, well done! A bit envious. 😁
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advantage
An excellent specimen!
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ThomasM
What you have here is the jaws and operculum of a fish skull, missing the orbit and braincase at the top of the skull. May not be identifiable to species level. I would advise against prepping it further as I don't think it would improve the specimen or reveal any more diagnostic features. Most of the bone is already showing on the surface. Material from Division A in the London Clay at Walton tends to be preserved in these hard, cemented, pyritic "blobs" rather than the pale, beige, soft phosphatic nodules containing fish from later divisions (e.g. at Sheppey), and do not respond well to prep.
Thomas

If you don't look, you won't find.
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Rdl81
Thanks for the nice comments, this was the first time looking for fossils so wasn’t really sure what I was looking for so to find this and a shark tooth was really pleasing. I have certainly set the bar high for my 2nd visit 
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Buzz2
Beginner's luck? Fabulous piece...I have fossil envy
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Rdl81
I guess it was beginners luck or maybe I was just looking carefully I would guess a few people would have seen it before me and discarded it as it was fairly busy.....I also found a small shark tooth as well.


would like some ideas on how I could display the jaw?
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Gary W
You can buy plastic stands that would look good.
Gary
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Dirty Pete
Caliper display stands are another option.
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Rdl81
Gary W wrote:
You can buy plastic stands that would look good.


are those the mini plate stands I have seen or should I be googling something else?
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Dirty Pete
Go to Etsy and type in fossil display stands.
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