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Spinosaur tooth 50-60mm
12.50 EUR

  Essex coast
  Great Britain

april 2003
Last Modified:
august 2012

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Location description

In Essex there are several collecting locations at the coast. Sediments from the Paleogene and Neogene period are exposed.

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A few easily accessible collecting locations at the coast:

  • Waltom-on-Naze Follow sign for "The Naze" and take the footpath to the beach. In the sandlayers (Red Crag) you can find bivalves. Shark teeth, fish remains and bird bones are found in the London Clay.
  • Harwich Close to road B1352 is a dam to protect the harbour. From there to the south you can find shark teeth and ray teeth from the London Clay, Paleogene period. Sometimes mammal bones or remains of turtles and crocodiles are found.
  • Burnham-on-Crouch Bij Burnham-on-Crouch zijn sedimenten uit de Londen clay, Yperiaan, Eoceen, onderdeel van het Paleogeen tijdperk ontsloten. Fossielen worden gevonden op de kustvlakte en onder de klif ten westen van de plaats.
  • East Mersea Bij East Mersea zijn sedimenten uit de Londen clay, Yperiaan, Eoceen, onderdeel van het Paleogeen tijdperk ontsloten. Fossielen worden gevonden op de kustvlakte. Hier zijn ook Pleistocene afzettingen aanwezig meer naar de oostkant op de kustvlakte.
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Red Crag: Bivalves and plant remains. London Clay: Shark teeth, fish remains, crabs, plant seeds, fossil wood, reptile remains. Pleistocene deposits: Remains of small mammals and freshwater gastropods and bivalves.

There are 5 photographs of fossils from this location in our Fossil ID System.
Go to the Essex coast Species List to identify your own finds!

Literature recommended by members

  • David Kemp,Liz Kemp & David Ward, 1990: An illustrated guide to the British middle Eocene vertebrates
    Added by webmaster
  • David Rayner, Tony Mitchell, Martin Rayner and Fred Clouter, 2009: London clay fossils of Kent and Essex
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  • Fred Clouter,Tony Mitchell, David Rayner and Martin Rayner, Medway Lapidary and Mineral Society, 2000: Londen Clay Fossils of the Isle of Sheppey
    ISBN: 0-9538243-0-6
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  • Margaret E. Collinson, The Palaeontological Association Londen, 1993: Fossil plants of the London Clay
    ISBN: 0-901702-26-9
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Fossil location: Minster on Sea
Fossil location: Pakefield
Fossil location: Warden
Museum: Ipswich Museum
Museum: Maidstone Museum
Museum: Natural History Museum Colchester
Society: GeoSuffolk: Ipswich Museum
Society: Kent Geologists Group: United Reformed Church


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