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Fossils on Kilve beach 1

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Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 15 February 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A few shots of some of the fossils found while on a short walk along Kilve beach in Somerset. This one appeared to me to be some sort of prehistoric fish and was around 5 inches (120mm) in length. Not having much knowledge about fossils ( apart from being one myself ! ) I'm afraid I can't really tell you much about them apart from they're very old and fascinating, but I thought I would put a few of these on to follow the series I did on Kilve a few weeks ago.

Canon EOS 500D 1/200 second F/6.3 ISO 100 55 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

All I can say is that it is very cool.

15 Feb 2012 6:03am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Something huge is the natural place where the fossil will be born. It is something that does not really understand, even if someone explains. A great picture.

15 Feb 2012 6:07am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Outstanding fossil!

15 Feb 2012 6:28am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Certainly is an interesting place Doug - super frame.

15 Feb 2012 7:47am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Gut gesehen und auch fotografiert.

15 Feb 2012 8:37am

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Impressioning, my first idea was: this looks like a lips. I look forward to the next photo's!

15 Feb 2012 9:39am

gootchai from Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaa!! fascinante ta photo! je n'en ai jamais vu!! c'est génial!!

15 Feb 2012 9:51am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I find them fascinating, looking forward to the others

15 Feb 2012 10:18am

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Wow this is Cool!
You have a good eye for this

15 Feb 2012 10:18am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

from the ripples it looks to me as though it might be a slice through a cone shaped spiral shell. Very nice almost abstract natural art

15 Feb 2012 10:21am

@grouser: I must admit looking at it again it could be the opening of a fossilised clam, but it sounds more interesting to think of it as a prehistoric fish !

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow...Impressiv !

15 Feb 2012 10:33am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Well seen - fantastic find and cool shot!

15 Feb 2012 10:37am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique ce fossile superbe iamge avec la pierre ronde et gris splendide et très intéressant.
Belle journée

15 Feb 2012 10:52am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fascinating Doug, something I ought to be more interested in, I'm sure there are fossil laden beaches around here.

15 Feb 2012 11:09am

@Curly: You could always go to Whitby for their fossilised monkey puzzle trees (jet) !

Rick from Toronto, Canada

That is a remarkable fossilized find, Doug!

15 Feb 2012 11:10am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

What a amazing and fantastic find a wonderful capture !!!

15 Feb 2012 11:30am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Let me tell you that your words are very interesting. Just like your fossil! I am in love with these pieces of art in nature realizades ... Are fascinating. I like to find a shop to buy them ... but they are few. Wonderful shell protected by a large stone ... It is an excellent possession envy you ... Thank you to teach us many more! A hug, Adela

15 Feb 2012 11:54am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld.Old West Wales lad, Germany

Amazing to think how old this fossil is !! great find.

15 Feb 2012 12:25pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

how interesting, and how easily dismissible as just a marking until you stop and think... would love to know more.

15 Feb 2012 12:41pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Well seen and captured Doug! ;-)

15 Feb 2012 1:01pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh I see it - I was looking straight onas if it were a large oyster shell..but I see the fish now to ;-) Wow, this is amazing, Doug - heavens !!
Great piece here ;-)

15 Feb 2012 1:02pm

tataray from france, France

Ouiiii... superbe. Comme un oeil fermé aussi)

15 Feb 2012 1:11pm

Karen Politte from Conway, United States

oh superb find!! I used to want to grow up to be a palaentologist - so this speaks to me!

15 Feb 2012 1:13pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

great find - looking forward to the other pics you are going to show us

15 Feb 2012 1:23pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

That is too cool, and it does appear to be some sort of fish. I've never seen fossils like this just out in the open before.

15 Feb 2012 2:14pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Haha-remind me to by your book on fossils..."Fossils of Somerset-they are very old"!!!!!!!

15 Feb 2012 2:17pm

@CElliottUK: Thanks Chris, I'll put your name down for a signed first edition when it's published !

myky from Ontario, Canada

I've never discovered anything like this...awesome find!

15 Feb 2012 2:46pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

This is just wonderful and mystifying. What a cool capture.

15 Feb 2012 3:22pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Cool found....

15 Feb 2012 6:05pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Looks like a giant eye:) Nice capture.

15 Feb 2012 7:27pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Amazing historic after life set in stone ~ great find!

15 Feb 2012 9:49pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! What an exciting find and how interesting! I would be thrilled to come across something like this. Great close-up and detail.

15 Feb 2012 10:07pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

That's very interesting, doug, but for me, it looks like a wonderful abstract and kinda like an eye, almost! Good one. ;OD

16 Feb 2012 12:34am

Dan from United States

Soooo Coool, Nice Doug. very old and fascinating

16 Feb 2012 1:17am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

That is a very cool and interesting find. It really has a lot of detail.

16 Feb 2012 1:24am

Maureen from Prescott, United States

Quite interesting! Makes for a nice abstract like image.

16 Feb 2012 3:54am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

what a fascinating fossil this is! I immediately thought of a mollusc with a wavy shell. But you say this was a fish!

16 Feb 2012 10:06am

Stefanie from Paris, France

Well seen.

16 Feb 2012 11:24am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

what a super- amazing find! finding fossiles is always amazing, but coming home with this is really etxraordinary. the best fossile i ever found was some sea lily stem imprint.

17 Feb 2012 4:13pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Really interesting - is this place famous for these fossils?

17 Feb 2012 7:17pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

good find.

17 Feb 2012 8:11pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

This is my favorite. What fun!

17 Feb 2012 11:13pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/200 second
ISO 100
55 mm