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micklemas
Hi, my first post on here so not sure of the correct way to do this. I am more of a rock hound than fossil hunter but can just about manage to generally identify Ammonites and Belemnites but now my 7 year old daughter has got my rock hunting bug and after taking her to Saltwick Bay recently she has moved into fossil hunting.
Can anybody please help identify these so I can at least look like I know what I am talking about!! lol 
Not sure which bed these came out of as somebody had placed them on a rock in the middle of the sand. 
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This came out of the mud at the far end towards the chalk beds. Again any help identifying it would be helpful.
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These also came form the same are. Possible very weathered tooth and what my daughter said was a tooth but to me resembles half a peanut.
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My daughter found this tiny fella but not sure exactly where in the mud.
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Finally some general pieces that we found:
Ammonite sections
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Belemnites
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A few other bits and pieces
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MicroFossilMan
Welcome to the forum - hope your daughter's influence gets you into fossil collecting 😉

The curvy shell that "came out of the mud" is a Gryphaea, aka Devil's Toenail. I imagine it's come from up the coast (Whitby direction).

The last photo, with four rocks -

   leftmost is probably a breccia of some sort, possibly brockram.
   the next one looks like an igneous porphyry, from the north somewhere, even possibly from Scandinavia
   next one is corals (Lithostrotion, or whatever they're calling it these days, TQB will know) in Carboniferous limestone (350 million years old approx)
   rightmost - not sure, maybe a bit of limestone?

The small ammonite in the middle (might help to number your images!) is probably Endemoceras sp.
MFM
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micklemas
Thank you for that. I have been searching various sites for them and thought the 'curly one'  was a Gryphaea the legend behind it 'that it cures rheumatism' made me feel a whole lot better after lugging all the 'finds' up that slope (I didn't take pictures of the many chalk nodules 'that look like eggs' or 'look like hearts' or 'look so cool', nevermind the flint and sandstone!!! Who can say no to a 7 year old interested in rocks 😉
The porphyry I thought was a shelly sandstone of some sort but now you have said that I looked again from a rock hound's eyes. It looks like it is that, possibly some quartz and feldspar crystals in a micron level matrix. I am not used to seeing such selective crystallization.
The Lithostrotion makes me feel a bit better as I said at the time I thought it was coral...yay, one for the rock hound lol. To be fair I have something similar (but a bit larger), which I found a few years ago, that I use as a paper weight at work.
As for the Endemoceras even though it is the smallest it also the one I like the most. I could have walked past a thousand of them and never noticed. My little one has good eyes!!
Next time I will remember to number the pictures (and do them all separately) thanks for your help.
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FossilPhil
Hi Micklemas,
Some very nice finds! The first lumps are a phosphate nodule with some crystal growth inside. 
The next, as Microfossilman says, is a Gryphaea.
I don't see anything tooth-like with the next fossils, but they may be something!
Endemoceras typically has more of a 'chevron' keel - I'd say that this was more likely to be Simbirskites sp.
The ammonite pieces could be a range of different species - photos from different angles would likely be required, and even then, the fragments may be too small to ID!
The belemnites are probably Acroteuthis, a Lias belemnite, and Neohibolites minimus (or potentially a small Hibolites, depending on where it was found!) in that order.
The other bits and pieces are a crushed ammonite (can't tell the species, I'm afraid), a worm tube (Rotularia phillipsi), and something that looks a bit phosphate-y!
Microfossilman's IDs for the last ones seem correct.
Speeton has some amazing fossils to be found!
~Phil
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micklemas
Thanks FossilPhil. The 'teeth' and ammonite sections are well weathered and I don't think they could be identified specifically. We are still at the stage of take everything that looks interesting and check it at home later. So maybe we have some pseudo-fossils mixed in as well. We are heading back out to Speeton now and the information you and MicroFossilMan have given will help us to discount some things as we go (which will be good for my back!!).
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MicroFossilMan
Keep an eye out for fossil shrimps (Myeria sp)! And parts of the uncoiled ammonite Aegocrioceras.
MFM
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Elbert
Hello, for the answer towards the origine of these nodules, Google: "Tisoa siphonalis"

greetings, Bert
the search is as valuable as the finds...
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prep01
google " friends ofSspeeton clay"
Colin Huller
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micklemas
Thanks alot for everyone's help. We had a fairly productive day today. I will make a full report in a new topic tomorrow with better pictures in natural light.

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Lot's of Belemnites, a few devil's toe nails and a couple of ammonites.
Star of the day was this one

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Perfect for explaining the different parts of an ammonite to the little one. Outer shell, sutures and fossil cast all revealed by nature! 
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MicroFossilMan
Maybe some Hibolites among your belemnites (straddling the word Gold on the next to bottom row). And maybe a part of an Exogyra (second row, third from left)? And some rocks! Is top-left a gneiss?

>Perfect for explaining the different parts of an ammonite to the little one.

How are you going to explain the heteromorphs without confusing her? [smile]
MFM
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micklemas
Yes they definitely are Hibolites. Not sure about the Exogyra as some of it's beak is missing but what is there doesn't seem to have the same curve as pictures I have seen.
It is a gneiss with some nice rose quartz in it. I admit that I am getting hooked into fossil hunting now but I still can't help picking up the odd rock or three. Cleethorpes is not exactly a fossil mecca so I still need a reason to walk along the sands here [wink]
As for the heteromorphs, I will let her grow up a little before we start on them [smile]
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MicroFossilMan
micklemas wrote:
Cleethorpes is not exactly a fossil mecca so I still need a reason to walk along the sands here [wink]

Indeed no. But I guess you get the same erratics that appear along the Holderness coast?

You could always try South Ferriby - I think the chalk is exposed in the (low) cliffs there.

And just in case you didn't know about it, if your daughter maintains her interest you might like to consider Rockwatch, which is a club for kids who are interested in geology. It's run under the auspices of the Geologists Association, so impeccable credentials.
MFM
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micklemas
The erratics don't reach us here in Cleethorpes. It appears that they are kicked east by Spurn Point and probably land between Gibralter Point and Chapel St Leonards. The mouth of the Humber is a very unique, and dynamic, area. In a weird symbiotic relationship Cleethorpes sand is actually trucked in from near Hornsea. We need the sand and Spurn Point doesn't. The original lighthouse on Spurn was on the 'point' but the sand hook grew so they built the current lighthouse on the 'point'. Again it grew and the RNLI station was built on the 'point' now it is a few hundred meters from it. From what I can tell the sand banks in the Humber also stop any erratics from making it to the South Humber coast. They constantly move around and catch them before the make it in to the river. Likewise, any deposits in the Humber from South Ferriby are caught by the terminals at Immingham Docks, some of which are so large that a ship can dock even at low tide, so we don't get them here either. Basically all you find on the beach are small rocks, light materials or anything that is manually moved to the area for sand capture/restoration purposes.
However we do have some fossiliferous geology here. I will make a new post about that later.
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