Fossil hunter finds 185M year-old ‘golden snitch’ with ancient sea animal inside

Fossil hunter finds 185M year-old ‘golden snitch’ with ancient sea animal inside
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Quidditch ball shaped fossils are simply a few of the lots of discoveries that have been made by amateur archaeologist Aaron Smith.

The medical trainee has actually found a number of fossils that date back to the Jurassic duration on the beaches of Whitby in Yorkshire.

Maybe the most amazing is a 185 million-year-old fossil framed by what looks like a ‘golden canon’ ball.


It is technically a rock that is coated in iron pyrite, also called ‘fools gold’, and if you shine this product, simply like Smith did, then it turns shiny and gold.

The phenomenal piece of history is believed to be 185 million-years-old and was found on Sandsend Beach.

Mr. Smith, 23, is an experienced fossil collector and continues to go and explore the beachfront in hope of finding comparable treasures.

He stated: “In order to discover fossils, pretty much throughout the world, you simply need to put in a great deal of commitment!

” The majority of the time there is absolutely nothing really to be found but every now and then, if you’re lucky enough, and something has actually appeared due to a storm for instance, then you might discover a rock with a fossil inside it.

” When you discover a fossil, then the long elaborate process starts of carefully eliminating the stone to expose the fossil, this can take numerous hours oftentimes.

” It’s very exciting finding the fossils. It makes it all worthwhile after investing months of browsing.”

When the medical trainee opened up one of his newly shined piece of iron pyrite he discovered spiral-shaped cleviceras fossils.

Cleviceras are an extinct type of cephalopod creature.

The best-known cephalopods today are most likely squids and octopuses.

The golden-snitch-like spheres with a limestone core are really typical along the Yorkshire shoreline and can be found amongst the stones and shales.

Mr. Smith has actually formerly posted a video of the golden-snitch fossil online and captioned it: “Here’s a video of us opening one of our big Cannon Ball fossils.

” The limestone nodule is coated in Iron Pyrite, meaning we can polish it to end up being Golden, seen in our previous videos.

” It still impresses me that these 185 million-year-old fossils are along our stunning Yorkshire Coastline waiting to be discovered.”

This story initially appeared in The Sun

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