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  North Yorkshire coast
  Great Britain

march 2003
Last Modified:
march 2003

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Location description

At the north Yorkshire coast there are cliffs with sediments from the Jurassic period. You can find fossils like ammonites here.

In the area several dinosaur tracks have been found. In Whitby is a museum with a fossil collection. You can see fossils here like Ichthyosaurus, Plesiosaurus and Teleosaurus (crocodile).

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Added by: onsmartin on 09-09-2015

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The folowing sites in north Yorkshire (UK) are worth visitting when collecting fossils. All sites are coastal cliffs.

  • Scarborough The best collecting possibilities are at low tide. At the south of South Bay you can find fish remains andremains of turtles in the mudstone.
  • Reighton Cap (few fossils) Access to the beach: Go from Reighton to the north. Go to the right in direction Holliday Village of Reighton. From there you can walk to the beach. On the beach the Kimmeridge clay sometimes is exposed. In the clay you can find ammonites.
  • Filey To the south of the "Brigg" there is a fossiliferous limestone layer.
  • Sandsend (north of Whitby) On the beach shales are exposed. In the shales you can find ammonites and sometimes remains of Ichthyosaurus.
  • Robin Hoods Bay At Robin Hoods Bay village you can access the beach. In the exposed shales (at low tide) you can find amminites, crinoids, belemnites, and bivalves.
  • Gristhorpe Bay Along road A165 in direction Yon's Nab. You can find gastropods and ammonites. At the north side there is an exposed layer in which you can find plant remains.
  • Cayton Bay Accessible via Osgodby along road A165. Walk to the south along the beach. In a sandy limestonelayers you can find ammonites, brachiopods, gastropods and bivalves.
  • Speeton Accessible via road B1229. In the clay layers you can find a great variety of fossils. You can find ammonites, belemnites and bivalves. In the red limestone layer you can find ammonites.
  • Runswick Bay
  • Port Mulgrave Steep path down, but ammonites are common.
  • Scalby (Here you can see dinosaur tracks
  • Whitby: See seperate location description!
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Ammonites, belemnites and other fossils from the Jurassic period.

There are 2 photographs of fossils from this location in our Fossil ID System.
Go to the North Yorkshire coast Species List to identify your own finds!

Literature recommended by members

  • Cleal, C.J., Thomas, B.A., Batten, D.J., Collinson, M.E., 2001: Mesozoic and Tertiary Palaeobotany of Great Britain, Geological Conservation Review Series No. 22, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough
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  • Dean R. Lomax, 2011: Fossils of the whitby coast (a photographic guide)
    Een leuk, mooi en duidelijk boekje van 130 bladzijden met beschrijvingen van de vindplaatsen in Noord Yorkshire. Daarnaast wordt verschillende groepen van fossielen voorgesteld met duidelijke foto\'s om je vondsten te determineren.
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  • J.H.A. van Konijnenburg-van Cittert and H.S. Morgans, -: The Jurassic Flora of Yorkshire
    The Palaeontological Association, ISBN: 0-901702-64-1
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  • van Konijnenburg-van Cittert, J.H.A., Morgans, H.S., 1999: The Jurassic Flora of Yorkshire, Field Guide to Fossils No. 8, The Palaeontological Association, London.
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  • Wesley, W, 1909: Yorkshire type ammonites
    Monograph covering the ammonites of the Yorkshire coast. See http://www.archive.org/stream/yorkshiretypeamm01buckuoft\
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Other locations in the area

Fossil location: Danes Dyke
Fossil location: Hornsea
Fossil location: Mappleton
Fossil location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Fossil location: Whitby
Museum: Dorman Museum
Museum: Whitby Museum
Society: Hull Geological Society: University of Hull


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