Fossil Hunting…

 

Fossil’s are an intricate part of Treasure Hunting…

Shown here is an “ammonite” unfortunately not one that was found by myself, although I very rarely purchased fossils or any form of treasures, I was lucky enough to have this bought for me by my wife, who purchased it from Mr Woods Fossils, they are placed at the far end of the Grassmarket, a market street at the very bottom of a serious of steps from Edinburgh Castle, & have many excellent examples of English Fossils & Fossils from the four corners of the world…

Having been found initially in Whitby an area which is rich in minerals & fossils, where the town itself is neatly tucked into the Borough of Scarborough on the east coast of North Yorkshire,  a famous maritime & well known seaside town where Captain Cook served his apprenticeship to become a seaman, also where a ruined Abbey sits high on the East Cliff , once home to the earliest recognised English Poet Caedmon..

Probably one of the most recognisable fossils, as the ammonite has a spiral & ribbed features formed from the shell, as pictured below in the positive and negative view, when found this nodule was split open with a geologist hammer to revel the creature within, this ammonite lived in the seas between 240 – 65 million years ago, when  they became extinct along with the  dinosaurs… The name ammonite originates from the Greek God, Ammon, who was a ram horned God… I would never have put this fossil into these categories, but ammonites belong to a group of predators known as cephalopods, which has relatives living today, such as octopus, squid, cuttlefish & nautilus…
Ammonite

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