We found a Conulus Echinoid flint fossil …I think! 🙂

This is more of a Request For Information rather than an informative post, because I have so many questions following our amazing find!

Where We Found Our Fossil

Me and my children were walking through the little patch of woodland, which I call Rabbitswood in my books, but it’s actually called Abbotswood and it’s at the top of the town of Romsey in Hampshire. There is a narrow stone path (mainly made of flint) that runs right through the middle of the wood and as we were walking along it I spotted some interesting markings on one of the stones. I was a bit unsure as to whether it was the markings of a bike tyre on an ordinary stone or whether it was actually something of interest, but as we dug it out of the path with a nearby stone, it became clear we had found something pretty exciting! We were on our way to the Kitchen Cafe at Cedar Nurseries anyway so we washed it off in the sink when we got there and saw all the wonderful markings. It is such a perfect fossil, with the markings running all the way round-definitely the best one I’ve ever found.

Conulus Echinoid Flint Fossil Found In Abbotswood, Romsey, Hampshire by Heidi Piercy (in ground)


Our Conulus Echinoid Questions…Please Help!:

  1. What is our fossil?!
  2. Is it even a Conulus Echinoid?
  3. What was the creature like that this fossil used to be?
  4. We found this on the path that I think was made up of imported stone and not stone that was natural to Abbotswood. Would anyone know enough about the history of Abbotswood to know if this is the case? and if so I wonder where the stone came from?

I would welcome any information anyone has about our fossil, so please comment on this post if you think you can help! Thank you!

Conulus Echinoid Flint Fossil Found In Abbotswood, Romsey, Hampshire by Heidi Piercy

2 Responses

  1. Looks like Echinocorys Scutata to me, not Conulus. A nice example of a common fossil from the Cretaceous period (about 70 million years old). In folklore these were sometimes called fairy loaves. The fossil is an internal flint cast of a sea urchin. Hope this helps.

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