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Just a quick note for two long-standing members “T&J”

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Dear Terry & Jean,

That was the most enjoyable short visit, on route to pick up chickens imaginable. Watching my children scurry around your gardens was like out of a scene from Alison in Wonderland. While Clare and I stepped in and out of what felt like little Aladdin Caves dotted around your rather picturesque abode.

As promised the TLC with further research has started on some of the fossils/minerals you have “loaned” to us. There is a lot to learn at present i.e. reclassification from these finds and especially for potential “keepers” in the future.

While Elliot attended to the new chicken additions, Iris (pictured below) topped up her fairy rockery which is made up of the bivalve Pholadomya fidicula, with some of your fragmented Bajocian bivalves from Ketton Quarry (I need to reclassify some of the complete ones working from the note that was in the box).

Clare took the rhubarb you gave us around to her Grannies house, who was most delighted to have the missing ingredient for her apple and rhubarb crumble.

As for me I got to work on some of the Ordovician shale’s (pictured below).

The graptolite (pictured below from one of your shale’s) is normally found at Abereiddy Bay and is a species known as the ‘tuning-fork’ graptolite, Didymograptus murchisoni. It existed for only a relatively short period of time, during the latter part of the Middle Ordovician, about 470 to 464mya. Therefore, it is used as an index fossil for this period of time, which geologists refer to as the Llanvirn stage (after a farmer’s cottage on the lane leading to Abereiddy).

Didymograptus murchisoni

We have also spotted what appears to be some kind of crystal rosettes ( pictured below ),though they are the same colour as the graptolites…so the jury is still out with these at the moment.

Also a rare, all be it fragmented Trinucleus fimbriatus trilobite from the same pieces of shale ( pictured below ).

(pictured below is a museum example of Trinucleus fimbriatus  ).

As you both know there’s a lot more intriguing finds to get through. With Elliot stepping up to the plate on the minerals, scribbling notes here, there, and everywhere.

Perhaps when we meet again you could tell us some associated stories that go with the finds. As I can see from some of your additional notes in the boxes they were found on organised Stamford and District Geological Society field trips.

…..that would make for a very interesting read indeed 😉

All the best from the SDGS “family members”” the Withers family “

Gravel Quarry Finds

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Just a few of our finds from last month’s exclusive members only gravel quarry field trip 🙂

We are in the process of organising another gravel quarry field trip in July 2017 at a different location 😉

Keep you posted.


Making room for Silurian corals

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SDGS members find : The tabulate coral Thecia (Thecia) expatiata {Syn., Thecia swinderniana} from Much Wenlock, Shropshire, which occurs as thin sheets encrusting other corals or a stand-alone like the one I found below. It is also described in the very informative book “British Fossils Palaeozoic”

Also having a lot of fun with the book “A Monograph of the British Fossil Corals” by H. Milne Edwards and Jules Haime printed for the paleontographical society in 1850! The pages (figure 7 and 7a) below were used to describe this Silurian coral.

Be sure to book your space for Lea Quarry at the end of the year. 😉

The sun shone on the Oxford Clay :)

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……The sun shone for the Stamford and District Geological Society today which was an absolute joy to see, especially after the rain we had all day yesterday in Whittlsea. With everyone suitably dressed in the correct attire for getting (covered in clay) and once you mastered the art of what felt like walking on stilts within minutes of trudging around the fossil area.

A great time was had by all….

A big thanks to the following members: Field Secretary Kenny Nye, Richard Forrest creator of the website The Plesiosaur Site and David Savory from the Flag Fen Archaeology Park for their knowledgeable Oxford Clay input, and the new members amongst our group who journeyed out, as days such as these are just not possible without your efforts and contributions.

Special thanks to Philip Parker Associates Ltd for their help in planning for the field trip from start to finish.

Enjoy some of the photos…….

p.s. The society will also donate Belemnite’s they found to the Peterborough Museum for educational purposes.

Gryphaea from the Kellaways clays

From the left indicated by the white arrows : the Teuthida  Acanthoteuthis : crustacea trackways probably made by Mecocheirus : various aragonitic crushed Kosmoceras

Lepidotes fish scale showing peg sockets

Members looking for fossils

The belemnite Cylindroteuthis pusoziana found in some Kellaways clays

pina (pina) mitis bivalves

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Members looking for fossils

Members looking for fossils

Members looking for fossils

Members looking for fossils

Members looking for fossils

Members looking for fossils

Members looking for fossils

Unknown fish scale

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Unknown at present bone fragment

Members looking for fossils

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.





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