Tuesday, December 28, 2010


This is Cherub's princess box:

And this is what is inside:

Together with:

And so on ... fossilised shark's teeth, a couple of ammonites and assorted other small fossils.

Cherub, inspired by an episode of Charlie and Lola, decided she liked fossils. I gave her a couple in the autumn and then added a small box of cheap fossils I bought on eBay to her Christmas stocking. It didn't have a list of contents, so we have been trying to identify them as best we can (my knowledge of fossils is close to zero!).

We think we have a belemnite:

A bit of dinosaur eggshell:

A gastropod:

And amber with an ant(?) and other debris inside:

Some were more of an identification challenge, and I'm not sure whether I have them right or not. This, I think, may be a toadstone (a fossilised fish tooth):

This one puzzles me. It may be a trilobite or crinoid fragment?

And this one. Fossilised bone, perhaps?

Any help with identifiction gratefully received!

Cherub has quite a good grasp of what fossils are, but her concept of time is still a little vague, as demonstrated by this conversation.

Star: How old are fossils?

Cherub: Very, very, very, very, very old.

Star: Older than Grandma?

Cherub (confidently): Oh, yes! .... (then more hesitantly) They are, aren't they?


Missus Wookie said...

I'm too tired tonight to have a go but it would be a good field trip... any decent museum should be able to identify 'em for you and then Cherub could see even more fossils. :)

Might be worth contacting them beforehand of course. We took one into the Natural History and had it done ad hoc but that was a decade ago.

Anonymous said...

your fish tooth is actually a vertebra and that trilobite that puzzels you is the moth plate of a stingray...

The Bookworm said...

Thank you!