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Cheshire's jurassic heritage

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Huray Huray, exams are over and off to University at last!! Bonus: More free time for UKAFH. For all UKAFH members up here in the grimey ol' north, where you feel cut off from all the great and spectacular fossil hunting locations of Southern England, let me assure you that between Birmingham and the southern borders of Scotland, there are an absolute plethora of fossil- brearing localities. Gotta be honest with you all, admittedly, the North of England - Excluding the Yorkshire Coast and ... Read Full Post »

Fish + Medieval battle armour = Osteostracans

Posted on May 9, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

WARNING: If your afraid of big scary latin names, turn back now.


the following article is rated L for Latin.

Hey Guys. I'm finally back and writing again. So who's up for some fossil chit chat?

Ever heard about Osteostracans? well your about to. It might sound like some kind of painful bone infection, but this group of fairly- obscure early fishes (they migh...

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Why haven't I posted in 4 MONTHS!

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

God, I haven't posted a single entry since august at least. I have all these images to post, but none of them have yet made their way on here- been so busy with one thing and another (College mostly). I was planning to start writing articles again by the start of December at latest, but then got tied down by exams and Christmas shopping ( I must be broke by now).

In Any case, I've got some articles in the works at the moment, but I would like ...

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A quick update

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey all. Sorry that I haven't done much with the blog for just over two weeks now. Was away searching for Cretaceous Ammonites and Belemnites in the French Alps. The site itself, as far as I know, isn't known at all outside of France, and even the French themselves don't usually go there for the fossils either.

It isn't, at first glance, the most abundant of fossil sites, partly because the number of outcrops there is limited, and partly due to the heavy degrees of pressure that the ro...

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Last weeks fossil hunt (Gilwern Hill, Yaxley and Kings Dyke)

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Sorry. Would have discussed the hunt earlier, but I've been busy with one thing and another since we got back. :/

Anyway, both days went great, and the Gilwern Hill locality was teeming with Trilo's! Honestly, I challange anyone to go and NOT find some. The most common species is Ogyginus corndensis, and they can be found in all sizes- from absolute tidlers to occasional monsters several centimetres long. Thanks should go to Pete Lawrance for showing me th...

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Oxford Clay- a fossil hunters friend (ctnd)

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (2)


The pit at Kings Dyke contains lots of spoil dumps- but mounds of clay which the diggers have piled up while excavating. Looking thoroughly (I hope you like getting muddy, because the best way to look closely is on hands and knees) you'll find all kinds of interesting bits and bobs in the spoil heaps, such as fish scales, sharks teeth (there are over 15 different sharks recorded from the Oxford clay), bivalves, Ammonite fragments, bits of belemnite guards...

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Oxford Clay- a fosil hunters friend

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Peterborough is one of the most important Late Jurassic (Callovian to Oxfordian) marine sites in the world, and has provided some of the most complete and well- preserved marine reptile skeletons ever discovered.

Even today, new discoveries are beng made in it, for example, not more than a few years ago, a completely- new genus of Pliosaur was discovered in Kings Dyke. It was named Pachycostasaurus dawni, and was unusual for the h...

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Fossils, Fossils, Fossils

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello to all avid UKAFH members. My name is Euan, and this is my blog. I would like to thank Craig Chapman and all other UKAFH leaders for the opportunity of starting up this blog, and I will be doing regular updates once- to twice a week. The aim here is to provide fun fossil facts and interesting tid- bits of information to all UKAFH members, regardless of age or fossil experience. I will be posting regular articles, of which members can read as many or as few as they like. And con...

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