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Coote Geelan

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Along with the sharks teeth that I regularly find at Bawdsey I have picked up a few odds and ends like these that that I found interesting and would like to know more about.

The shells are from the debris below the red crag layer, there are always a few freshly fallen ones lying around but I have no idea what types they are.

Top left there is a definitely fossilised bone , a fragment of what looks like bone but could just be flint and a piece that may be just a piece of fossil wood with accretions but looked to me slightly like a finger/toe bone.

Lower right are a couple of toot- like pieces, however there are a lots of long small stones with pointed ends like thes about as well.

Bottom right look like seeds or buds.

I'd welcome any identification of these.

I was wondering if the piece in the last 3 pics might be a very worn sharks tooth or just a similarly shaped stone.

Any replies will help clarify what I'm looking at when I snoop about on the beach at Bawdset and the vicinity.

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Hello and welcome to the forum.
A - C as you say are all bone, I think C may be an Ice Age mammal bone, the other 2 I think are marine and may be older (?whale).
D looks like Centrocardita senilis'
E Glycymeris glycymeris.
F is one of the genera Turritella but would need it 'in the hand' to differentiate.
G Neptunea contraria
H Pyritised wood
I - J I think are antler tips but age?
K might be a very worn shark vertebra
L - N I think are Pyrite nodules

Anyone else got any thoughts?

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Hi, nice range of finds. I reckon Bill is rights with his IDs except the possible shark vert - I think that’s just some kind of phosphate nodule - you get some very odd shaped nodules from the crag! Can we see some pics of the shark teeth? Would love to see them.

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Hi Andrew - who is Bill and where is his post?
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Many thanks, all good, useful information, even knowing what items are not what I'd assumed helps me to gain a better knowledge of what's at my feet.
Pics attached of sharks teeth from Bawdsey clay bed except the little dark one from Ramsholt (which may not be a tooth at all).

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Very nice! All look like they’re directly from the London Clay, rather than derived. And think you have a Palaeohypotodus tooth there too - bottom row, first on the left. They’re fairly rare as I understand it - nice find! And ps sorry prep - I don’t know why I said Bill, I know that’s not your name. I responded in haste.
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Sorry should say, the Palaeohypotodus is in the first photo, second row, first on the left.
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