Guide to Runswick Fossils

A lot of people come looking for fossils so here's a quick guide to what you might expect to pick up or see on Runswick beach. Please be sensible with our fossils and with yourself. The shale cliffs here are very crumbly and regularly dump large chunks of stone on the beach from a great height. Don't end up extinct yourself while looking for a fossil. And many fossils will be embedded in hard rock (like this ammonite to the right) too hard for you get out without without destroying the specimen, so leave it there for others to enjoy. So here's the A-Z (with a few gaps) of Runswick's early Jurassic fossils. These are all specimens I've found or photographed in or close to Runswick. I'll add to this guide as more specimens and photos come to light.

Ammonites. 
Coiled up things. In life they would probably have had something resembling a squid's head sticking out of the open end of the coiled up shell. If you are lucky you will find a whole ammonite loose on the beach, but often you will find it partly encased in a hard rock nodule. You'll also see crescent shaped ammonite fragments.

Belemnites. 
Bullet shaped or cylindrical fragments (the rostrum) or something that looks banded (the phragmacone).


 Bivalves.
Things that resemble modern clams or mussels (the one on the left appears to have a hole punched in it).


Coprolites
 Coprolites are fossil pooh, here being photobombed by a small Eleganticeras ammonite.



Coral
(photo coming).


Devils toenails (Gryphaea). 
Fossil oysters.







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