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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

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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 https://twitter.com/LincsWildlife

Regards,

SDGS.

 

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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.

Regards,

Darren.

 

 

* 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.

 

 

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