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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Fossil sea urchin

Can any one tell me what my two young boys Remy 8 and Louie 5 have found on the beach at Warden on the Isle of Sheppey. We went for the weekend and they are desperate to find out.

Second fossil found on the beach at Warden.

Second fossil found on the beach.

Fossil Collectors: Rem and Louie

Location: Isle of Sheppey, England

[Editor: Nice finds for some young fossil collectors! The top fossil is an echinoderm relative of modern starfish, sea urchins and sea biscuits. We don't immediately recognize the second fossil. Possibly the impression from a sea urchin spine? Anyone recognize it?]

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Fossil tooth found on an English beach

Can someone identify the animal that this tooth came from (its about 10cm long) and set in sandstone. I found this on the beach at lime regis about 6 years ago. I found this on a family holiday to Lime Regis and have always thought of it as a sharks tooth, but as I have got older I realise that it is not (the shape of the root is wrong) and it is quite large at roughly 10cm from tip to tip so now I am trying to find out exactly what it is. —Paige

Fossil Collector: Paige R

Location: Lyme Regis, United Kingdom

[Editor: Very nice find! This appears to be a handsome mosasaur tooth. A mosasaur is a marine version of the modern monitor lizard some of which could achieve enormous size. The large root seems atypical for mosasaur teeth at this location so maybe collectors more familiar with Lyme Regis can leave a comment.]

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Fossil bones from Yorkshire

My mother is from Yorkshire so we had many holidays in our childhood there and every time I would go fossil hunting with my father, found many ammonites, shell fossils but once found this.

Yorkshire fossil discovery

It used to be twice as long but my father wouldn't take it all so broke it and I chose this half.

Or a possible dinosaur vertebrae

Always wondered what it was a fossil of but never had the chance to research it before now.

Fossil Collector: Bixybee

Location: Saltburn, North Yorkshire, England

[Editor: Wow, nice find! We hate the thought of you leaving part of it behind. We are going to hope someone can provide us with a positive identification, but it looks as it you have found several vertebrae of something like a mosasaur or possibly even a dinosaur. Please leave a response if you recognize this find or just wish to comment.]

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My Fossil Find gets many submissions that we cannot identify or that are curious and interesting, but not fossils. We try to let senders know about the ones we are certain are not fossils, others are more vexing. We will try to catch up on a few of those here before we run out of 2012.  If you can identify any of these discoveries, please leave a response and help us out.

Cincinatti fossil discoveryI Found this fossil about 50 years ago in southern Ohio. It is approximately 7″ long. Have kept it all these years and always assumed it was some sort of animal. but I guess it could also be an ancient plant of some type. I would like to know if anyone can positively identify it for me.

Fossil Collector: MarkS

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Marine Mammal ear bone

Beach find 2011

[Editor's note: We do know that this one is the ear bone of a modern marine mammal such as a dolphin or seal. An interesting find regardless and we post it here because they are a fairly common find both modern and fossil and of interest to collectors looking to identify their find.]

Fossil Collector: catzeyezuk

Location: Overstrand beach, Norfolk Coast, United Kingdom

Unknown fossil

Not Horn Coral? Found in Sycamore Creek looking for silt concretions.

Fossil Collector: RB

Location: Remington, Ohio

Stange Ohio stone?

Worm trails?

Fossil Collector: RB

Location: Little Miami River, Love land, Ohio

Fossil mammal jaw?

Tiny Jaw Bone with flat teeth. What type of animal was this?

[Editor's note: Wissahickon Creek's geology is not known for fossils, but the shape of this is similar to a small mammal jaw. It could be just an oddly shaped rock or even an ice age or modern mammal.]

Fossil Collector: Kramchris

Location: Wissahickon Creek, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Possible gastropod

Possible gastropod? Looks like a cashew or one of my dogs claws.

Fossil Collector: ECHanson

Location: Mississippi

Serpentine rock?I I keep finding this type of fossil.  Sometimes on the shore of Lake Michigan, other times just in my landscaping rocks.

Fossil Collector: NikkiL

Location: Lower Michigan

 Odd concretion?

Turtle-like stone. Odd concretion?

Fossil Collector:  mke

Location: Genesee County, Michigan

Thank you everyone. We love seeing your finds and best wishes for 2013 from My Fossil Find!

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