I turned over a pebble on the shore at Chapman’s Pool in Dorset and found this lovely fragment of an ammonite fossil. The adjacent cliff strata, larger boulders, and the rock layers lying horizontally beneath the beach and the waters of the bay, contain many ammonites and other fossils. Some ammonites are huge and three dimensional, some are smaller and crushed so that the white shelly fragments are easily dispersed – leaving only an impression.
I think the fossil above is one of the best I have found that could actually be picked up. The others could only be photographed. The pictures below show where I found the ammonite – from the immediate context to the wider view. There are more postings and pictures of this beautiful bay. Click here for Chapman’s Pool category.
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