The journey begins here…

Actually, it began in 1989 when we first visited the Yorkshire coast in the UK to collect fossils. We´ve been back every year at least once since. The collection has grown, mostly ammonites but also crinoids, starfish, bivalves, brachiopods and even some marine reptile bone material.  As of today, it contains roughly 2500 specimen ranging from the lowest to the highest Lias (a time in the Earth´s Jurassic period about 200-175 million years old).

But this blog is mostly about the ammonites and the idea to build a documentation about finding, preparing and identifying them with the clear goal to publish this in book form at some point…
This idea started some years ago amongst members of the UKFOSSILS forum (, kindly provided by the UKGE Geologists Equipment store (
An early expression of this idea can be seen in the members identification database, which was meant to provide a mechanism to “crowd source” pictures and identifications from various collections. While this worked fine in the beginning, the “crowd sourcing” aspect slowly got lost, with various members leaving the forum for different reasons and my identifications for liassic ammonites being the only ones left…

For personal reasons I had to abandon execution of this project for a while, mostly due to lack of time, but now the time seems right to restart it, this time with myself in complete control of all aspects of the project.

This blog will provide a diary of this project,  from finding ammonites, preparing them, identifying them and the process of documentation & writing the book…


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  1. Joe Constable

     /  May 30, 2012

    This looks like a fantastic resource. Thank you for sharing your wonderful expertise and knowledge, I’m eager to see the progression of your project. Best Wishes, Joe.

  2. Hi Andy
    Sounds like a very interesting project. I look forward to reading more. All the best for the project and I wish you every success.
    Regards Strandloper

  3. Bert Roodenburg

     /  June 2, 2012

    Hi Andy, it would be great if there was to be a book on the Yorkshire ammonites, i myself have a substantial collection from Yorkshire; started collecting in the early eighty`s.
    I have seen the (your) material on the net
    Do you have a wishlist of ammonites you still need?
    I`d consider it a pleasure to help you realize the book.
    On the forum I am nown as Elbert.

    greetings, Bert

    • Bert,
      an article about my “wishlist(s)” will be one of the next articles to come…
      All the best,

  4. Adrian

     /  June 3, 2012

    Great Idea Andy,We look forward to any entries in your blog and will help in any way if we can.
    Adrian and Keeley

  5. David Groocock

     /  June 3, 2012

    Andy sounds great just what we need are you going to include a section on Scunthorp ammonites, on the forum as lawnmower

    • David,
      I know some Scunthorpe ammonites could fill gaps in the coast´s ammonite record – for that reason it would make sense.
      I don´t have many in my collection, though – do you ?
      All the best,

  6. Hi Andy,
    You have a interesting blog.
    I hope that I’ll learn a lot of interesting things by reading your blog.
    Great idea Andy!
    Greetings from Poland,


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