On Saturday I took my sister (she of the amazing ammonite quilt) to do a little fossil hunting. Now as safety comes first we didn’t head to our favourite spot of Seatown in Dorset, but to Charmouth, which has much better access, even after the recent stormy weather. We also timed our visit so that we would be heading out at low tide, which on Saturday was at about 2pm.
We managed to do a fair bit of collecting – mostly ammonites and belemnite fragments (I love belemnites!), but unfortunately no 5ft long ichthyosaur fossils. Grrr.
Although I love finding fossils, after my time as the Identification Officer for Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London I also like to try and spot the stuff that looks like it should be something, but isn’t – the pseudofossils. Hence the fake coprolite and fake ichthyosaur bone fragment!
I was stumped by why this pyrite had grown like this – there was loads of it! Does anyone know why this pyrite grows like mushrooms?!?
By the end of the day we were tired, muddy and a bit rained on, but very very happy!
Thanks Charmouth, you were awesome!