Monday, September 26, 2016

Unidentified Pyritized Ammonite Fossils


My favorite place to buy fossils in Lyme Regis, England was not really a dedicated fossil seller at all. The small out of the way shop was called Connie's Curios & Fossils which was next to the post office. I had visited 3 larger more prominent fossil stores and my main focus was finding fossils from the area. While the other shops had nicer more expensive fossils this store had small bags of mostly fossils in the rough from the area. Once I got back to the United States I started using a dental pick and engraver to remove matrix to show more of the ammonite fossils. I was also able to get the pyrite to shine more.

Image of ammonites before cleaning.


Image of ammonites after cleaning.





Magnified ammonite fossil detail.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Unidentified Ammonite Fossil


On my recent visit to Lyme Regis England I bought this ammonite fossil. It was identified as being from Ilminster, Somerset. The fossil dates to the Jurassic Period (170 million years ago).




The fossil was bought at the Old Forge Fossil Shop.