I´m learning something new every time or A year review

Christmas trees in the snow - Eleganticeras sutures

Christmas trees in the snow – Eleganticeras sutures

As the year 2012 draws to a close, it`s time for a yet another year review…

I´ve started this blog in May 2012, and 36 blog posts later I can still say : It works for me !
It works for me because it drives me to write a post every couple of weeks, and that requires research into the ammonites I want to write about, photographs of the ammonites and maybe even a re-prep to make them presentable (allthough that sometime pushes back the publication date, because when you see those fossils through the lense, it´s so much easier to notice all the imperfections in the prep-work…).
It´s sometimes hard to stick to the schedule, because I do have a (non-fossil-related) , sometimes stressful day job and sometimes require a time-out from working at the keyboard, but I think it´s the right sort of methodology to keep work on the ultimate goal – the book – going.
And, the great thing is : I´m learning something new every time I research a new genus of ammonites for posting…
I´ve made some wonderful new contacts through people who have come forward and commented on posts and revived some old contacts who allowed me to photograph
some of their beautiful fossils. Thanks to all of you and I´d hopefully meet you next year to photograph some more !
But does it work for you ?

Countries with 6 or more visitsto this blog , there are 30 more countries below this list !

Countries with 6 or more visits to this blog , there are 30 more countries below this list !

Looking at the map, it does seem so… Of course, most of the readers are in Great Britain, that´s where the fossils come from, those are the readers this english language blog is made for. You know what they say about a prophet in his own country, I guess it´s the language issue why there is only a comparatively small participation from my fellow countrymen in Germany. But what makes me particularly proud is the worldwide readership…isn´t the internet a wonderful thing sometimes  ?

But I have a request, too: Compared to the amount of visits (close to 10,000, I know this is not all that much, but then this is not a fashion blog…)
there are just a bit more than 60 comments (and some are from me as well…)
So, I´d really love to hear from you more ! What are your questions, what are your finds, don´t be shy !
And remember : If you comment, you have to leave a valid e-mail address, but nobody else other than me can read it and I do not pass on e-mail adresses !

And a few little steps can make it so much easier to follow this blog, as you get an e-mail whenever I write something new.

The folks from WordPress have a handy little explanation on how to follow a blog :
If you don´t like to post a comment here, you can reach me in the UKFOSSILS forum (www.discussfossils.com) as AndyS and
on the german Steinkern forum (www.steinkern.de/forum) as AndyS (for both forums : You still need an account there to post messages).
Wherever you are, and whatever tradition you follow during the days at the end of the year:
Have a good time with your family and the ones you love, a healthy new year, and, if you´re collecting fossils, a fossiliferous year 2013 !
All the best,
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  1. david groocock (lawnmower)

     /  December 24, 2012

    Thanks Andy for your blog,it makes good reading i would love to see a section on the different dactyloceras that could be a pamphlet on its own all the best for the festive season

    • David,
      All the best for a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year to you as well…
      A post about the genus Dactylioceras is in the making and will probably be posted sometime early in the new year…


  2. Joe

     /  December 24, 2012

    Hello Andy,

    Thanks again for your wonderful blog posts – it’s been such an enjoyable journey so far; and with every post I learn something new.

    All the best,


  3. Paul Harrison

     /  December 26, 2012

    Hello Andy,
    I have been following your fantastic blog since it’s inception.I have been planning to post a comment for some time now,but like you I too hold down a full time and stressful day job,which suffice to say takes up a vast amount of my time.So here I am on Boxing day with that rarest of things,”spare time,”hence this post.
    All I can say is thanks for providing me with one of the most fascinating and interesting blogs going.What I glean from your various posts is very inspiring indeed.I am besotted by Ammonites,in particular the British and more specifically the Yorkshire species.
    Luckily I live in Yorkshire,(East Riding),and try to make regular trips North to fossil hunt at various famous locations,which I enjoy immensely,and meet with some,but limited success.However your blog inspires me to continue looking for you make it abundantly clear that there are a great many species to potentially find.I can only dream of owning a collection half as species rich as yours,and your blog helps me toward that endeavour.I actually went fossil hunting yesterday at first light,(I know…Christmas Day,so I must be mad),at Mappleton,so as you can see,I am pretty keen!
    I see from your world map that despite there being 106 hits from Australia you have none what-so-ever from New Zealand.You could tentatively add New Zealand to that list as I am from there,Auckland to be precise,but have been residing here since 2005.
    Please keep up the brilliant work,and I look forward very much to your forthcoming posts on ”The Dac’s” as they are the mainstay of my finds,and all that remains is to wish all the best and a fossiliferous 2013.
    With sincere regards,
    Paul Harrison.

    • Paul,
      Thanks for your very nice comment and a Merry Christmas to you as well ! Re: Madness : If I were living close to the Yorkshire coast, I would be out there as well – nature is my cathedral. As it happened, on a quiet moment on Christmas day, as I sat in my chair, a piece of rock with two ammonites in one hand, a reprint of Buckman’s 7th volume of Type Ammonites in the other, I had a major breakthrough in identifying those two different ammonites, both In fact Dacs, which had been bothering me since I found them. I jumped up, and shouted “I finally cracked it !” (or something to that effect in german).
      My wife and daughter looked at me and I did not need to look back at them to see that they probably thought, that – I – had finally cracked…so you see, I know a lot about ammonite induced madness…

      All the best,

  4. Claire

     /  January 2, 2013

    Hello all,

    I feel a bit of a fraud coming on here and even contemplating posting – but here goes!
    I teach a year 2 class in primary school in the East Riding. Our topic for the Spring term is the Jurassic Forest. Now, my knowledge on things to do with fossils and remains is, to say the least, rather weak! I’ve started to research study ideas and activities and found that perhaps a more appropriate topic title would be Jurassic Coast – given our location.
    Here’s where I am at the moment, maybe you can point me in the direction of useful resources/further ideas? Anything would be hugely appreciated as I really want the children to throw themselves into their learning with excitement.
    I have been in touch with a local Dinosaur museum, who offers in school workshops for half a day. I have also been in touch with a very kind and seemingly knowledgable gentleman selling ‘unprepped bifericeras’ at a small cost. I decided to ask for advice and it seems that these ‘specimens’ can become a project, in that they should be soaked for a couple of weeks and then carefully ‘picked’?! Am i making any sense? :o) As is probably very apparent by now, my knowledge of such wonders is negligible, but I am quickly becoming glued to the computer screen, searching the web for ideas and advice. I found your site and figured, why not ask!?

    Thank you


    • Dear Claire,

      I´ve seen the offer of the Bifericeras ammonites myself, and they´re probably a good project for your children
      – be aware though, that not all of them will contain a perfect inner whorl !
      Preparation should be easy with a little soaking (days not weeks) and a used toothbrush.

      I know the Robin Hoods Bay Old Coastguard Station ( http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/old-coastguard-station/ )
      does (or used to do) guided trips in Bay for school classes as well – nothing beats finding a fossil yourself !

      All the best,

  5. Claire

     /  January 2, 2013

    Thanks Andy,
    Can you direct me to a picture of a ‘good’ one? Days and toothbrushes sounds much better. Would you soak them in water or vinegar? I’ll look up the link that you added.

    Best wishes,

    • Claire,
      Soak them in warm water, vinegar can make them disintegrate if they´re not fully pyritized.
      You can do a google image search for Bifericeras or wait until I post about the Bifericeras ammonite genus (which can be some time still…).

      All the best,


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