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january 2014
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january 2014

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Location description

In the Kings Dyke quarry, Oxford clay is used for the brick industry. The clay belongs to the Peterborough Formation from the Oxfordian, part of the Jurassic period and is very rich in fossils. After heavy rains you best collect at the slopes.

There is a freely accessible search place in an old part of the quarry. Regularly new material is deposited here. You have a better chance of beautiful fossils when you join an organized excursion to the active quarry. Several times a year, local associations organize excursions to the quarry.

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The Kings Dyke quarry is located between Peterborough and Whittlesea in Cambridgeshire in the east of Britain.

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Many bivalves (Gryphaea), belemnites (most Hibolites), ammonites (eg. Kosmoceras), brachiopods and crinoids. Remains of reptiles are relatively common here. Among other ichthyosaur, crocodile and Pliosaurus. Shark teeth are rare.

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