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Visit To King’s Dyke Nature Reserve cancelled

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Due to a lack of interest for the fossil area at King’s Dyke Nature Reserve fossil area, scheduled for the 4th of August 2018.

The SDGS has decided to cancel this event, and perhaps rearrange later in the year.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.



Help needed with Asteracanthus tooth

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The Blisworth Limestone is variable both in thickness and in character. It is not oolitic and tends to weather grey such as the matrix you see below. The oyster Praeexogyra hebridica is abundant with some nice examples showing here.

When I found this particular tooth apart from the root missing it would appear to be complete.

Would anyone know what part of the Hybodonts dentition this tooth would be from.

Showing bottom of tooth with missing root

Ketton Quarry report back : June the 2nd : 2018

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Wonderful day at Ketton Quarry with members of the SDGS. This site has probably the best section of the Middle Jurassic strata in the East Midlands. Our trip took us through the quarry revealing rocks from the Upper Lias Clay to the Kellaways sands and clays. We were also privileged to visit the northern part of the pit to view some fantastic faulting.

As a group we mainly concentrated looking for fossils in the Upper and Middle Bathonian sections.

Here’s a few scenery and fossil photos of the day from some of our members. With more to follow 🙂

Various Asteracanthus teeth in situ and cleaned up.

Scenery and members

Close ups of cleaned fossils

Also we were allowed to hand hold some of the fossils that had been found around the quarry over the years. And that have been donated by various visitors. With this one below that had been donated by “Alan Dawn” himself. It has no provenance associated with it whatsoever. If anyone should have any information on this very intriguing fossil, then do let the society know.

Thank you for all those Involved at Ketton Quarry for making a great day out. And see you again soon.

* Visit to the King’s Dyke Nature Reserve fossil area *

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Great News

The SDGS members have a planned visit to the King’s Dyke Nature Reserve Fossil Area. Which will be on the morning of Saturday the 4th August 2018.

For further details please check our events calendar.


Kenny Nye (field secretary) for the Stamford and District Geological Society.

p.s. This event would be a great family outing for our younger members.

Here’s a link below giving a fantastic description of the fossil area , courtesy of the website.

King’s Dyke Pit

Important notice for all those attending the AGM meeting on Wednesday the 14th of March 2018

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Important notice for all those attending the AGM meeting on Wednesday the 14th of March 2018

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances our booked speaker Iain Thornton for this coming Wednesday cannot present his talk. So we have one of our members of the SDGS kindly standing in as a replacement. Also if you have some fossils to bring in for a “show and tell” then please feel free to do so.




“Jurassic Day” at the Stamford Library

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Jurassic Day

Saturday / February 10th / 2018 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Jurassic Day for all the family at Stamford Library from 10-3.30pm.

Fun for all the family including fossil identification, Dinosaur story time for the under 5s, Colouring, quizzes, a dinosaur hunt around the library and making a Rutland dinosaur collage.


The Stamford library (pictured above) is situated on the High Street in a central location and is one of the most striking buildings in this historic town. Alongside a wide ranging book collection the library also offers public access computers, a dedicated children’s library and comprehensive local studies collection. The library also houses the Discover Stamford exhibition, a fascinating display highlighting the towns heritage, with the Stamford Tapestry taking centre stage.

An ammonite from “Buntings Lane”

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For those SDGS members who remember Buntings Lane, Borrow Pit, Stanground in Peterborough. I’d like to show you a Kosmoceras Proniae found (c.1985) in the glacial drift. And derived from the Middle Oxford Clay, Athleta zone

Once quite common from this particular location (now a nature reserve) especially as these days you would be hard pushed to find such an exposure anywhere else in the UK

Thank you to Ivor Crowson.

It was a great evening with the world famous “Rutland Dinosaur”

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Thank you to Dr Mark Evans (pictured above)  for “reintroducing” the Stamford and District Geological Society to the Rutland Dinosaur last night at Tinwell Village Hall, especially as certain members in the audience were involved in some kind of way as Mark told the story from the dinosaurs discovery to its present progress. With new developments from continued ongoing work, this really is a find of such importance.

It was also great to see some additional information brought in on the night from members Terry & Jean, of photos with Alan Dawn and others, showing some of the bones of the Rutland Dinosaur at Stamford College.

And thank you to Ivor Crowson (pictured with Mark below for arranging the talk.)

p.s. There was a snippet of information that Mark had told us about at the end of the talk, that involved Dr Jeff Liston and colleagues, who are apparently trying to decipher this quote from Mark below.

“So here we have Cetiosaurus oxoniensis “or” it might not be” 😉

Thank you to everyone for a great night


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