13 Apr 2008

Big inoceramus

Preserved in 3d. They are mostly squashed pretty flat in these shales, and rarely larger than 2.5cm:Found in the loose rockfalls at the foot of the cliffs just north of Runswick Bay village. The shale is rich in well-preserved belemnites and is an absolute Inoceramus graveyard. A couple of other marine jurassic fossils, too (brachiopods and small, heavily flattened ammonites). The sandstone boulders have fallen from the sandstone seam that caps the cliffs here: there were two small cliff-falls while I was fossilling today.

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