Monday, 10 February 2014
Charmouth Dinosaur Hunting
So we finally got away to Charmouth between the storms . In fact we had four dry and quite mild days .....and when the tide went out , we did some dinosaur hunting .
We,ve been coming to Charmouth for many years , looking for fossils along the shore line. We never bring geological hammers , there is no need !
Think small , you can find sweet tiny things lying in the shingle on the beach .
The sea has washed off all that grey sticky shale for you and you stay safe , well away from the mud flows and slipping crumbling cliffs .
Heres a beautiful tiny piece of coral .
Very worn, sea rolled piece of rock with ammonites in , beautiful ....into my pocket it goes !
Beach combing is so therapeutic and back at base , I turn out my pockets !
Now look at this ! This might be something special ....any ideas ?
I am pretty sure it is bone ( fossilised ) .
Over the years , I have been lucky to find both Ichthyosaur and Pliesiosaur vertebrae at Charmouth . Yes ! You will find them from time to time and they are easy to spot lying in amongst the shingle and cobbles on the beach . I decided that I would begin to train my eyes and brain to find other bones apart from vertebrae . So I,ve been doing alot of study and research .
I think this might be an ankle bone , calcaneus ...and if it is then it will be from a land dinosaur .Scelidosaurus is the one that has been found in Charmouth .....and they have one in the Charmouth museum and heritage centre ,which sadly , was closed while we were there ! : ( ( so were the loos ! )
Anyway , here is another pic of my best find , have a look and please if you are an expert on fossil bones , then let me know what you think it might be ?
I also want to stress , that this too , I found lying in the shingle , not far along the beach really . I didn,t feel like walking all the way up to the Golden Cap this time !
The Charmouth Heritage Centre and Fossil Museum is brilliant ! Especially for children !
Here there is also a Fossil shop full of wonderful things , fossils, rocks , crystals ,Massive Ichthyosaur skeleton .There is a cafe too , but also , not open while we were there : (