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Katie’s Belemnite Bullet
Oct01

Katie’s Belemnite Bullet

Often found digging in the gravel at home, Rockwatcher Katie has discovered that her fabulous find is a Belemnite, a bullet-shaped part of an extinct squid that thrived in our ancient seas. Rockwatch Ambassador, Michael, confirms that Katie’s fossil, “is a piece of fairly large Jurassic Belemnite”. So, what’s a Belemnite? Belemnites were an extinct marine animal that looked very like a modern-day squid except that they also had an...

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Ancient sea predator had giant head
Sep15

Ancient sea predator had giant head

It’s not every day that scientists are lucky enough to discover a brand new species let alone new genus – or category of living things which share common characteristics. So when they do, there’s understandably a bit of a buzz around the story. Science writer, Rachel Fritts reports that findings of a brand new ancient sea predator have been unveiled with a massive head which would have ruled the bottom of the oceans...

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Could Ben have Discovered a New Carboniferous Crustacean Species?
Sep01

Could Ben have Discovered a New Carboniferous Crustacean Species?

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...

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Freya’s Dinosaur Bone Discovery at Compton Bay
Aug25

Freya’s Dinosaur Bone Discovery at Compton Bay

Famed for its huge dinosaur footprints at low tide, Compton Beach on the Isle of Wight is something of a fossil hunter’s pilgrimage seeing thousands of amateur and professional geologists every year. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that Rockwatcher Freya, who was holidaying with her family, found a dinosaur bone fossil on her recent visit given that the Isle of Wight – or Dinosaur Island as it’s become affectionately known – is home...

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Live preparation of a probable new species of Ichthyosaur
Jun29

Live preparation of a probable new species of Ichthyosaur

    Dr Steve Etches, a familiar figure for Rockwatchers visiting Dorset or attending our residential fieldtrip, will be preparing a rare Ichthyosaur in his glass walled workshop at his museum.  Visitors will be able to go along and watch him working on the fossil and also watch him from above via the live feed on a large television screen.  It’s a rare chance to witness live the painstaking preparation of...

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