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Morning all, Smile
Here's a fossil I found in iron ore quarries in Northants.
It has the fab nickname of a Devil's Toenail.
That captures the imagination !

It is an extinct Fossil Oyster that is common in Jurassic age rocks.
These Fossil Oysters lived in large numbers on the sea floor resting in
soft sediment in warm, quiet environments.
The thick shell acted as protection against predators such as lobsters and crabs,
as well as predatory gastropods.
The uneven texture of this fossil shell is typical of oysters.
The concentric ridges and furrows on the shell are ‘growth lines’ and
were produced as the animal grew.
This Fossil Oyster is a bivalve mollusc because it has a shell made up of two
parts or ‘valves’.
The scientific, or Latin, Genus name for this oyster is Gryphaea.

Thanks heaps for all the interest shown in my little collection.
Just a few more to come, then onto other things ..
Barbara Smile

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Feb 2012 - 11:28 AM
Focal Length:5.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.3
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Devil's Toenail
Username:BarbaraR BarbaraR
Uploaded:7 Feb 2012 - 10:58 AM
Tags:Devil's Toenail, Fossil, Gryphaea, Macro., Wildlife / nature
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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom25 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 11:04 AM

Knew this was yours immediatley.... Very nice againSmile
Diane

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r6jvr  2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2012 - 11:11 AM

This has taken me back to my childhood, searching our local beach for these! Totally forgot the name until you mentioned it!
Lovely
Josie

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gingerdelight
7 Feb 2012 - 11:14 AM

What a glorious name! Lovely capture once again!
Carol

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CarolG e2 Member 7124 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 11:35 AM

What a great name for this unusual fossil, Barbara, again, well captured and presented. Carol

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
7 Feb 2012 - 12:07 PM

It's got a very interesting shape. Nice one! IB

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WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4963 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 12:14 PM

Yay, got one of them. Found it whilst walking across a field near Stratford-upon-Avon. Nicely captured Barbara.

Dave

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EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 2:32 PM

Beautifully captured in this image. Enjoyed your info too.

Ann

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gary_d e2 Member 6510 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 4:15 PM

Thanks heaps for all the interest shown in my little collection.


Thank you for showing them, as I said previously I am finding the series very interesting.

gary

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dasher
dasher  4 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2012 - 4:19 PM

I must get round to arranging my collection of varying sized devils toenails tomake a foot.
Nice detail and write up.
Robert.

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gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 5:04 PM

I love your collection. Seeing these takes me back to growing up along the shores of Lake Erie (42.735, -78.929 in Google maps) -- searching the shale along the cliffs. That shale and the dolomite caprock are rich with Devonian age fossils.
This devil's toenail is nicely presented. Thanks for including all the informative commentary as well.
-=\Walter

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jasonrwl e2 Member 430 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 6:02 PM

Enjoying this series Barbara
Jason

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2012 - 7:00 AM

A top image here...
Very very sharp..
Nice DOF....
A good macro image...
Well done...

Dave

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2012 - 9:42 PM

These can be found in the quarries at the side of leckhampton hill near Cheltenham, I remember looking for and finding these when i was a kid

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2012 - 8:22 AM

Thank you very much everyone.
This fossil is well known to lots of us, especially
as kids it seems Smile

B.

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