* 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 😉

* Jurassic Times 2nd Edition / December 1996 *

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Happy Birthday Jurassic Times
This issue marked the first anniversary of the Society’s Newsletter—Jurassic Times. By the time you read this, five issues, of what started as an experiment to show what might be possible, was produced and work started on a sixth!


The Jurassic Times was published by the Stamford and District Geology Society.
Published quarterly in March, June, September and December. Jurassic Times publishes the proceedings of the Society together with articles of a Geological and Paleontological nature and other items of interest to members. Any opinions expressed are those of the individual authors, for which the Society does not accept any responsibility.


*The SDGS are pleased to announce that we have affiliated to Deposits Magazine and UKGE*

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“The Stamford and District Geological Society are pleased to announce that we have affiliated to Deposits Magazine and UKGE. This brings a great benefit to all members. As members will now receive a free quarterly PDF copy of deposits, packed with superb articles on fossils, rocks and minerals as part of their Membership of the SDGS. With newly signed up members also benefiting from this fantastic offer as part of joining the Stamford and District Geological Society.

More information on the magazine and online back articles can be found at, and geological tools and equipment can be obtained from UKGE, which now offer free UK shipping on geological equipment.”


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