Cornish ammonite
Cornwall ammonite fossil

Just found it while out shooting near the coast. It looks like my whippets toenail, but about 500 times bigger!

Fossil Hunter: tinbum

Location: Cornwall, United Kingdom

[Editor's Note: Nice find and you would not be the first to be fooled by one of these fossils! What you are looking at is a piece of the shell of a fossil ammonite. Those ridges on the inside are the internal structure of the shell. The southern coast of the UK is well known for its spectacular ammonite fossils notably in the area of Lyme Regis. You will need to fill in the missing pieces of the shell with your imagination, but compare it to some of the other ammonite fragments here by typing "ammonite" in the search box.]

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Daily fossil catch

Fishing for fossils yields a crystal conch shell.

Fossil conch or whelk shell.

Another view of the fossil conch or whelk shell.

Fossil Collector: Alex B.

Location: Florida

[Editor: Beautiful find and an interested method of fossil collecting! Florida is well-noted for calcite crystal encrusted shell fossil like this whelk or conch. Very interesting both as a fossil an for display. Similar fossil are found more conventionally at the Drum Point Crystal Mine and throughout the state.]

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Mussel fossil found along the Ouchita River held in palm of my hand.

Found along the Ouchita River.

Another view of the fossil mussel.

We found it laying on the ground in a rock pile.

Fossil Collector: BruceA

Location: Ouchita River, Louisiana

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Calcite filled fossil clam casts

Fossil clam casts with calcite crystals.

Calcite fills the cavity of ancient Florida clams.

I love nature and anything historical and old. I walk around looking down for anything unusual or beautiful. I hold the fossil in my hand wondering what it is, where it came from, and I feel like I may be the only person to pay any attention to this one thing from the past that once was as alive as I am now. I must take it home.

Fossil Collector: Kimberly A.

Location: Construction sites near Tampa, FL

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Is it a fossil?

Found while hiking in Nova Scotia about 12 years ago. I don't know anything about it or where it was found specifically. The white and black go right through.

Fossil Collector: StephanieL

Location: Nova Scotia

[Editor's Note: It looks like it could be a shell fossil, but we are not ruling out a mineral formation. Any ideas?]

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