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SuffolkFarmer
Thanks for the comments, and for help identifying the items which I was/am unsure about. If anybody else has any ideas on what the last two finds are, then feel free to add your thoughts.
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SuffolkFarmer
Hello all.

   A VERY amateur fossil hunter here.

   I have found this website really interesting for finding all sorts of information on everything relating to fossils. So I thought I should add finds of my own as I discover them, as they may be of interest to somebody.
  
   The wife and I had a trip from Bury St Edmunds to Walton-on-the-Naze, in search of the infamous sharks teeth. I was not expecting to find any, but we were keen to try our best. With perseverance and some useful guidance from a stranger, we started to get our eyes in, and the elusive sharks teeth began to appear. We had a great day out, and think we are hooked on trying to find that next bigger or better preserved tooth.

This is the final result...


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One of the best teeth...

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...and another...

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A nice 'pointy' one. (Would this be a front tooth in a sharks mouth for grabbing and holding prey, and the more 'V' shaped teeth further back in the mouth for cutting?)

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...last one!

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  I found several of these (including a much longer one). But on the beach they looked very artificial (They reminded me of the rim on a clay pigeon or the bottom of a bottle). So I left them where I found them. But I have since seen on another topic that they look very similar to prehistoric Rays teeth. 

  The photos are far clearer than how they looked on the beach, and they look a lot more natural. Is this a Rays tooth? 

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  A mystery object which I felt was certainly a fossil, but I have no idea of what?...


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  As soon as I saw this, I thought it was part of the shell of a prehistoric Turtle. I did the 'tooth tap', and it certainly seems to be 'stone like' as opposed to wood or modern organic matter. Can anyone identify it for me please?

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   Thanks to the many useful topics posted by forum members which got us out on the beach for a fossil hunt.
   

   Can't wait to get out again sometime.


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tngray
Looks like a banner day!
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derm1983
Thats an awesum days work, I think I will take a trip there myself to try my luck, never found any teeth.

Sophie
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andrasz
6-7 is indeed a ray tooth (Eagle ray, Myliobatis sp.)
8-9 looks like a brittle star arm fragment to me, but those more familiar with the Naze might know better
10-11 is definitely bone, looks like a crocodylian armor scute (bony skin plate), but lacks the characteristic pitting - maybe some other reptile ? Definitely not turtle, that looks very different.
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andrasz
PS: Next time you go let me know, I've spent a very cold winter sunday morning there a couple of years ago, found absolutely nothing
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Fossil hunter
Very good haul of shark tooth. The last one does look like bone material.
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andrasz

Had an opportunity to re-visit Walton-on-the-Naze last week on a rather cold and breezy day. Nothing in terms of shark teeth (it appears someone picked the beach clean before I arrived) and only a single vert directly from the clay on the foreshore, buthe red crag turned out to be very productive at the base of two big slumps just a short distance from the end of the defences. All these were collected within ten minutes along the first 100 metre stretch from the stairs:

  A dozen Neptunea angulata (formerly N. contraria), I thought these were rare, yet after a while I started leaving the ones with minor imperfections behind.
  Largest one is 9.6cm.  Many more left, if anyone is after these, now is the time to go.

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The other finds, anti-clockwise form top right:

  • Shark (?) vertebra collected directly from the foreshore London Clay
  • Lunatia catenoides
  • Nucella tetragona
  • Scaphella lamberti (64mm)
  • Nassarius (Uzita) reticosa (with borehle predation)
  • Searlesia costifera



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