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*Exclusive fossil hunt to Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry, Powys Wales*

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Dear members,

An opportunity has arisen to join the UKAFH on an exclusive field trip to Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry, Powys Wales on Saturday July the 11th 2015 .This a great chance to collect some Ordovician trilobites, gastropods, sponges, graptolites and much more. Suitable for older children £10 charge on the day per person 25 places available 5 MORE PLACES ADDED!!

You can download the UKAFHs Booking form  here UKAFH website disclaimer and risk assessment or alternatively visit there website at the link below.

UKAFH field trip to Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry, Powys Wales

Here are some of the finds you can expect :

Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 2 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 3 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 4 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 5 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry 6 Upper Gilwern Hill Quarry find 1

 

Regards,

SDGS.

* You can now apply for membership on the day *

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If you should ever happen to miss any of our advertised FIELD TRIPS, and it becomes too late to sign up for membership which is needed in order for you to come along. Then you needn’t worry too much, as you can now sign up for membership on the day of the event.

One of our field trip leaders will have membership forms and membership cards to hand, for you to fill in all the required details needed, enabling you to pay for the annual subscription membership and become a member of the Stamford and District Geological Society there and then.

Look forward to seeing you.

SDGS.

* Ketton Quarry report *

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A fine day for fresh air, humour and of course fossils.

Quick note to me or for other field trip leaders to Ketton Quarry: “Whatever the weather is at the time past or present be prepared to encounter the 50 meter quagmire stretch that wellies would be more suitable before you hit some dry land.”

“I keep saying I’ll write this in my field notes for future trips but always forget .I wasn’t going to mention this minor annoyance but it’s something we all chuckle about on our way into and out of the site.”

After you have tippy toed the squelches…..you are presented with one of the largest spoil piles that you are probably ever likely to encounter. Where upon you need to start planning to yourself “how am I going to tackle this and where do I start”. Which is part of the fun especially for the new members amongst us, but they needn’t worry as there is always knowledgeable seasoned members especially for this particular site to pass on any information needed and to answer as many questions as possible.

….The gusts of wind felt relatively calm as they brushed your legs while you pondered on what to do as the spoil becomes more apparent. But for those in the know and prepared to tackle this mini mountain those wisps of wind below can be gale force gusts on the top and believe they were.

Your options are plentiful to look for fossils: either scour the outskirts of the said mini mountain for fossils that have weathered out and tumbled down, or traverse the only so slightly steep sides to which you can achieve some fine results or get to the top. If you should manage the hike to the top, which most of our members did then the view is breath taking (literally). In In geology and earth science, a plateau also called a high plain or tableland and I think that’s a very appropriate description for this square stretch of land at the top of the spoil pile. It’s very weathered and abundant in fossils shells, corals, echinoids, and sharks’ teeth can all be found here.

You really can immerse yourself in your own little world at Ketton Quarry due to the vastness of the quarry as you forage around. And all our members came home with a variety of fossils which was very pleasing to see indeed.
It was great to see so many members at this event and look forward to seeing you all here again next year…….” Must remember my stretch of mud notes “

Thank you to Kenny and Bill for making this day possible and to all the staff at Ketton Quarry.

P.S. if you have any photos you would like to see added to this report back (I’ve already started to add some of mine ( prepped, in-situ fossil photos and scenery shots at the bottom of this page) then please could you e-mail them to me. Also if you would like to add your own comments about the day all you need to do is login. If you don’t have any login details then just ask me and I can set this up for you.

It really is simple.

Regards,

Darren.

Acrosalenia hemicidaroides

“Acrosalenia hemicidaroides”

Asteracanthus magnus tooth

“Asteracanthus magnus tooth”

Asteracanthus tenius tooth in situ

“Asteracanthus tenius tooth in situ”

Asteracanthus tenius tooth

“Asteracanthus tenius tooth”

echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 1b

“echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 1b”

echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 3b

“echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 3b”

echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 3c

“echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 3c”

echinoid Clypeus ploti close up view 1c

“echinoid Clypeus ploti close up view 1c”

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“echinoid Clypeus ploti close up view 2c”

echinoid Clypeus ploti in situ 1

“echinoid Clypeus ploti in situ 1”

echinoid Clypeus ploti in situ 2

“echinoid Clypeus ploti in situ 2”

echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 1a

“echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 1a”

echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 3a

“echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 3a”

Eomesodon trigonus tooth in situ

“Eomesodon trigonus tooth in situ”

Eomesodon trigonus tooth

“Eomesodon trigonus tooth”

quarry view 1

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quarry view 2

“quarry view 2”

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“quarry view 3”

rootlets in grantham formation 1

“rootlets in grantham formation 1”

rootlets in grantham formation 2

“rootlets in grantham formation 2”

echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 2b

“echinoid Clypeus ploti bottom view 2b”

echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 2a

“echinoid Clypeus ploti top view 2a”

*Ketton Quarry next Saturday*

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Just some of the fossils we hope to encounter on next Saturdays field trip to Ketton Quarry. I found these on a previous field trip there…..and many more.

Regards,

Darren.

p.s. If any members should have any other photos of fossils from Ketton Quarry please e-mail them to me and ill post them here for others to view.

Eomesodon fish teeth (1)

Eomesodon fish teeth (2)

Eomesodon fish teeth (3)

Eomesodon fish teeth (4)

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ketton quarry find 2

ketton quarry find 3

ketton quarry find 4

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* SDGS Photo Slides *

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Here is a rare insight into some of the work performed by Alan Dawn and various members of the Stamford and District Geological Society .Depicting some behind the scene photos taken in the old workshop at the Peterborough museum and from various dig sites around Peterborough. They are currently being reproduced from slides with quite a few still yet to do. With permission they have been kindly loaned to the society for us to show on our website.
Hope you enjoy them.
If you should have any other slides that are associated with Alan Dawn and the Stamford and District Geological Society. Then I’m more than willing to convert them into photos for our website for all to see and admire.

See Link Below :

SDGS PHOTOS

* Our Dear friend Dean Lomax hits the headlines. *

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BBC News: Forgotten fossil found to be new species of ichthyosaur‏.

Our Dear friend Dean Lomax hits the headlines.

Palaeontologist Dean Lomax explains how what had been believed to be a plaster cast turned out to be a new species of ancient marine reptile. A fossil stored in a Doncaster museum for 30 years and thought to be a plaster copy has turned out to be a new species of ancient reptile. A young palaeontologist working with the University of Manchester found the fossil in 2008, in the collections of Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. He realised it was the 189-million-year-old remains of an ichthyosaur – an extinct marine reptile. Further study confirmed it to be a previously unknown species. The finding has now been published in the Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology.

 

Dean Lomax, the 25-year-old palaeontologist who studied the specimen, said it was so well preserved he could determine the contents of its stomach.

“We could see tiny hook-shaped features that were actually the hooks from the tentacles of squid,” he said. “So we know what its last meal was.”

Mr Lomax worked with Prof Judy Massare, from the State University of New York, comparing the specimen’s fossilised bones with those of almost 1,000 other ichthyosaurs in museums in the US and Europe. Mr Lomax explained that subtle anatomical features in its fin bones set the species apart from others.

Jurassic find

It is not uncommon to find ichthyosaur fossils in England. The sharp-toothed marine reptiles swam in large numbers in the seas around Britain when the dinosaurs roamed. This particular specimen was found in the rocks of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast in the early 1980s and brought to the museum, so it is not clear how it was eventually mistaken for a copied Silvia Danise from Plymouth University said its “rediscovery” was a “striking example of how important museum collections are for scientific research”.

“Collections are treasures that show their value each time we’re able to look at them with a different perspective, and by asking new scientific questions,” she told BBC News.

Dr Blanca Huertas, from the Natural History Museum in London, pointed out that there were still many species to discover in museum collections.

“Sometimes we discover things in the field,” she said, “but the collections are an incredible source of opportunities, since visiting them, people can study specimens and collections from hundreds of places across the entire planet and travel in time.”

Ichthyosaurs

Often misidentified as “swimming dinosaurs”, they first appeared in the early Triassic period (251 million to 199 million years ago) the name means fish-lizard, although the creature has been classified as a reptile since the mid-19th Century. Its length ranged from 1m to 14m – although the average length was 2m to 3m (the Doncaster fossil is 1.5m) the creature was noted for its sharp, robust teeth. Ichthyosaurs became extinct before the dinosaurs, dying out in the early part of the late Cretaceous period (145.5 million to 65.5 million years ago)

Source: Encyclopaedia of Palaeontology.

This new species has now been named Ichthyosaurus anningae – in honour of Mary Anning, the British fossil-hunter who discovered the first ichthyosaur on the Dorset coast in about 1811.

The hope now is that news about the significance of this ancient specimen might help track down the fossil hunter who found it.

Dr Stephen Brusatte, a palaeontologist from the University of Edinburgh added that there was “a whole lot more still to find out there”.

He told BBC News: “Palaeontology is a unique science because you don’t need an advanced degree or specialised training to find a fossil, just patience and a keen set of eyes.”

Mary Anning

The new species has been named after 19th Century palaeontologist Mary Anning.

 

Fantastic Fossils And Dastardly Dinosaurs

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Hi everyone,

At the Stamford library February the 19th 2015 2.00pm to 4.30pm was a very busy time for the members of the Stamford and District Geological Society. Being as it is half -term holidays for the children we found ourselves inundated with lots of families pouring through the doors of this historic building. To join us for an afternoon of prehistoric fun, quizzes and craft activities.

It was a wet and windy day with most of those looking a bit bedraggled. That certainly didn’t deter the children form dragging mums and dads along to show off their fossils that they had collected from all around the country.

Some of the fossils where brought along just to show other enthusiasts but also a lot of them where brought along for our team to give it our best shot to try and identify them or at least guide them in the right direction.

Due to popular demand the question asked many times from the parents was “where can we take our children to go fossiling “. So we struck upon an idea and are now going to organise this summer a family oriented field trip to a local nature reserve which has spoil piles of Oxford Clay full of Belemnites and Gryphaea.

My son Elliot was extremely helpful in helping to i.d. some of the Oxford Clay fauna that was bought in. He also took along with him two ammonites from his collection to show on the display table.

I took 50 membership leaflets to join the Stamford and District Geological Society they were all gone by the end of the day. So hopefully fingers crossed we may see some new members joining us this year.

Here are a few photos of the event.

display table 1

display table 2

free fossils 1

And a few photos of the many fossils brought in.

fossils bought in for i.d. 3

fossils bought in for i.d. 4

fossils bought in for i.d.6

It was just a few hours with fossils and a lot of smiling faces…..perfect.

Regards,

Darren.

The Tertiary igneous province of N.W. Scotland ( review )

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Thank you to those and DR Ian Sutton who ventured out again on another chilli night to participate in our final winter talk of the year.

Topics regarding Geology always leave me google eyed but the facts, with humour, coupled with the scenarios that Ian created made this evening thoroughly enjoyable.

It was a real treat as Ian took us though his slideshow to view phots of members past and present on one of his many geological trails.

To hear about Alan Dawn constructing a makeshift stretcher to collect ammonites and belemnites and to commandeer two members to carry it for him brought a smile to all those involved.

And would you have guessed (I certainly didn’t) that curling stones come from the “Ailsa Craig”.

Ailsa Craig

scottish curling team

I hope Ian can visit Tinwell Village hall again next year….those glacial and landslide photos would be great to see again.

Regards,

Darren.

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