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Lincolnshire Fen Edge project update.

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Dear Members,

Fran Smith of the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership #GLNP is arranging a meeting with partners who may be interested in working together on the fen edge project. The meeting has been arranged for 10.30am on Wednesday 18 January at the GLNP offices at Horncastle. Ken Rolfe will present a basic overview of the project followed by discussions. If any members of the Stamford Geological Society are interested in attending you will be most welcome




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* And yes Dinosaurs are cool but Plesiosaurs are way cooler :) *

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While we immersed ourselves, with lights dimmed, into the world of the Plesiosaurs. The Henry De la Beche sketch entitled- Duria Antiqour- A More Ancient Dorset was nicely inserted into Richards Forrest’s slideshow.

A great supporter of the work and importance of Mary Anning, of Lyme Regis, Henry De la Beche drew this sketch, in 1830, Mary Anning’s finds: (three types of Ichthyosaur, a Plesiosaur and Dimorphodon). It even appears to show the production of coprolites, from a terrified plesiosaur.

It seems everyone I talk to wants me to express appreciation for Richard’s inspiring presentation last night. Years of research,  depth of understanding of marine reptiles, and the ability to present the subject of Plesiosaurs in such an interesting way produced one of the most memorable evenings in our group’s history. And I’m sure there must have been some memories sparked for those who remember Alan Dawn talking about such matters.

I personally appreciated your approach to anticipating SDGS members who helped at the dig site. And I know all those who attended are intrigued with such a subject as much myself, and I plan to learn more.

Thank you to everyone who attended, hope to see you all at the February winter talk.





* Forthcoming winter talk : EXCAVATING A PLESIOSAUR *

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Richard Forrest a Vertebrate palaeontologist, specialising in plesiosaurs and other marine reptiles. Will host a talk titled : PYSHCO KNIVES and WITHERS WEDGES : EXCAVATING A PLESIOSAUR

This event is free to members of The Stamford and District Geological Society. And for visitors a charge of £3 please. You can also apply for membership on the night.

Date and Time for the event : Wednesday the 11th of January 2017 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Venue : Tinwell Village Hall ,Manor Lane, Tinwell , near Stamford ,Lincolnshire ,PE9 3UF

Here’s a brief insight below to some of Richards very interesting work. A fossil of a Pliosaur, (a huge marine reptile dating back 155 million years) is unveiled by Sir David Attenborough and discussed by Richard Forrest at the Dorset County Museum.



*Happy New Year SDGS members.*

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Happy New Year to all SDGS members

Earlier in the year (2016) we were invited to one of the locations for field trips this year (2017) with some interesting results. So we thought you would like to see them.

In the short time we were there we managed to find two rather nice Bison talus bones, Bison fused central 4th tarsal, Bison 2nd phalanx, some interesting glacial shell concretions and a rare glacial Ice Wedge Cast.

Bison talus bone

Bison talus bone

Glacial shell concretions

Bison fused central 4th tarsal 

Bison fused central 4th tarsal 

Ice wedge cast

Semi-prepped ungulate toe bones

Bison talus bone in-situ

Bison 2nd phalanx

Glacial shelly concretions

Glacial shelly concretions

Bison talus bone in-situ

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* Fossils in Matchboxes with Gallery*

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…..One of many match boxes passed onto me by one of the longest serving members of the Stamford and District Geological Society. With the promise of giving the fossils (which are encased inside) some much needed TLC. The majority of these housed match box fossils were collected in the mid-1980s. A brief scribble on the box or a very small moth eaten note is supplied with the contents, with very little other information attached. But for me that’s where the fun begins.

Please enjoy my photo gallery at the bottom of the page….:)


As you push the somewhat tatty draws of the match boxes open, a story to research unfolds. I’ve a set of British Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Caenozoic books and usually more often than not the “World wide Web “ for help to hand, I begin.

First matchbox as you can see (and there are many more to come) these are clearly Brachiopods with a penned clue in the tray of the matchbox “Filey Brigg “but why, when and how have they came to be at present I do not know.

Until now…..That is, I’ve posted a reply in the comment box as an example, as I think I may have found the answer to my question.

Ill post some more hidden gems as and when I can. If you would like to give me a hand in identifying them with posting opinions in the comments box then please let me know.

Note: for reasons you see no associated matchbox with the posted fossil, is because the matchbox will be undergoing extensive repair work. 🙂

UK Fossil Collecting at Filey in Yorkshire



Goniorhynchia boueti

These specimens were found in Langton Herring, Dorset, UK, from the Frome Clay (previously known as Fuller’s Earth).

From the Jurassic period (206 – 144 million years ago)

Period: Jurassic, Great Oolite




Brachiopod labelled as.

Rhynchonellid species?

Lower Lias

Black Ven Marls

Lyme Regis (West Dorset)

I was wondering if this fossil brachiopod might be Rhynchonelloidella wattonesis but I’m not sure if this has been revised since.

Thank you Mr Leoroyd , as promised 😉

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