Friday, May 2, 2014

Fossil Hunting in England - Lydstep and Manorbier Bay

April 28


Our last day of fossil searching brought us first to Lydstep Headland in search of Carboniferous coral, which eluded us for an hour until we found what we were looking for at the entrance.


On this huge rock I spied
what we were searching for
and nearby were smaller versions
that will fit in a suitcase.

Terry and Andrea welcomed us for our final Welsh chicken and leek pie at their tavern.  They tour the US regularly, love Texas and what seems like a movie set to them, and dislike our struggle with racism.

Terry recommended the Best Bitter from Felinfoel.

Across from the pub was Lydstep Palace, or what was Lydstep Palace, known for having housed pirates, bishops, barons, and judges, dating back to 1400's.


Manorbier Bay

As sun turned to drizzle, we headed one bay west to Manorbier Bay for Devonian crinoids, corals, and the occasional brachiopod.

It's not every field trip you assume paleo pose in the shadow of a Norman (12th century) castle.  Today it's the Manorbier Castle, originally the seat of the Anglo-Norman de Barry family.  Home at last!

Paleo Pose in the shadow of a Norman castle

Fossils can be found in these narrow ledges or along the beach:

Our fun finds

Our more serious finds

What a great finale for our final fossil searching day.  Now - to go pack rocks. 

Manorbier Castle

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