On a recent family field trip to Berwick-Upon-Tweed in Northumberland, Rockwatcher Ben unearthed not one but two fossil finds from the same boulder.
The first of these, probably a tooth, is fairly typical of the kind of fossil found on Northumberland’s beaches.
With the geology of Berwick-Upon-Tweed being formed of Carboniferous rocks mostly comprised of sandstone and limestone, this area is known for brachiopods, crinoids, corals and plant fossil remains.
So, Ben’s second fossil find pricked the interest of Rockwatch Ambassador, Michael Oates and Curator Dr Neil Clark because it doesn’t fit with the typical fossil species found from this period or location. Michael says that,
Dr Neil Clark affirms,
What do you think Ben’s fossil looks like? How would you feel if you discovered a brand new species?
We’re excited to hear the next installment of Ben’s story and will keep you all posted as the story unfolds…