Fossils from Kettleness, North Yorkshire Coast, England
'Ness' in Yorkshire is a headland like this. The rock on top of the headland is exposed and fossils can certainly be found there. I last collected here many years ago and I don't know how easy or difficult it may be to get access to this part of the headland now.
There will always be new fossils to find because the rock is continuously being eroded by the weather but the cliff is also being eroded by the sea. If you do decide to explore then be very careful - the shore is a long way down!
This phragmacone from the shales of the Upper Lias at Kettleness, was an unusual find from the top of the headland inside a nodule. The only visible signs that there might be something of interest inside the nodule was a small circular patch on one end and a larger circular patch on the other which were the extreme ends of the cone. Length is 3.5 inches along its longest axis.
This is part of the internal skeleton of a squid-like creature.
A fragment of an ammonite, Phylloceras sp., from Kettleness. The width from the obvious point on the left to the lower of the two points on the right is 9 inches.
This specimen was kindly identified by Mike Marshall of Yorkshire Coast Fossils.
This Ammonite, (Dactylioceras tenuicostatum), from the shales of the Upper Lias at Kettleness, was found inside a nodule. Size is 3 inches in diameter.