A Nice Gault Clay Ammonite

Phil

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Here's another rather nice specimen of the Albian ammonite Hoplites spathi. This example was found by my Visigoth-like sister a year or so ago in Folkestone and unfortunately broke into two pieces as she brutally manhandled it from a clay outcrop.

It is a rather nice specimen that could do with with a good clean and drill to remove the rocky matrix encrusted in the centre. I do not have the appropriate tools to do this so any volunteers are most welcome!

Here's three pictures, the first myself holding it together, and the second with a plastic model of Mr Burns to provide scale!
 

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Mr. Phil, that's one good lookin' Hoplites you've got there, did your sis have Weetabix for brekky ?

isn't Hoplites one of the super species found globally ?

nice, clean breaks hold together using good quality PVA (sparingly) & it dries clear :thumbsup:

AndyS is a time served prepper, I sadly am still but a novice but if you insist I could pick it up on my visit to Blighty next week though I cannot guarantee it's safe return as I may end up loving, hugging & calling it George ! :heart:

try having a go with a Draper tools carbide tipped rock etcher (£3), they're the biz, UKGE do 'em if you can't find one locally, best £3 I ever spent except for the Norfolk Sweet at Banham Cider House :roll:
(Santa brought me a new air chisel courtesy of KM, I'm soooooooooo spoilt :lol: )
 

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A new bok is available on the Gault Clay ammonites of SE England if anyone is interested. I have just obtained a copy and it's quite stunning, containing many photographs in full colour. The book is, I believe, a limited one-run only publication by the author.

There is very little discussion of ammonite biology and it is really only of practical use in identifying finds. It seems to consist of a hard copy print of the gaultammonite website with little new material.

Still, completists may be interested:

http://www.gaultammonite.co.uk/Pages/new_book.htm
 

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I wish I had even the opportunity to find such fossils! I'm trying hard to convince my parents to take me to Lyme Regis, but so far, no success :sad:
I do have an Eocene garden, but unfortunately that is my least favourite era and most worthwhile fossils are probably deep underground (plus I'm not allowed to dig the garden up).
 

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