On our way home from Taekwondo, we had a thought! If there was a plesiosaur, was there a thank-you-o-saur.....and what did it look like?
We have been reading more messages (thank you!!) Rozelle sent us a story about a plesiosaur, you can read it here: http://www.leicestershirevillages.com/barrowuponsoar/theplesiosaur.html. We found out that the plesiosaur was a bit like a killer whale!
Heidi told us some more about Lyme Regis, and now I really want to go there. Mummy says Heidi is really good at Taekwondo, and I do Taekwondo, too!
We have just read some more comments. Ruth told us all about Whitby Jet - it is a fossil, too. It comes from a tree called a monkey puzzle tree. We think we found some Whitby Jet, but we're not sure, it might just be a stone. We looked what a monkey puzzle tree looks like, here is a picture ( http://bonsaibc.ca/CONIFERS%20A-O.htm). We did see lots of jet in Whitby in the shops, some were jewellery, and some were carved like animals, but we didn't buy any.
When I woke up today, there were lots of messages, and I love reading them. Mummy says we might read a few of them at a time, so we can say thank you and write about them here. A boy called Christian wrote to say he wants to go fossil hunting now at Whitby, and I hope you have a good time there!! Kay says she has two big ammonites, maybe you want to make a fossil website, too!
Chris told us about a huge ammonite in Lyme Regis, I would love to go fossil hunting there. We found a picture of it (maybe? Image from http://www.bugbog.com/gallery/england_pictures/lyme-regis-fossils.html)
In August 2012, we went to Whitby on holiday. It was a special trip, because we looked for fossils. We stayed in the youth hostel, it was right next to Whitby Abbey, and we went fossil hunting lots of times - every day! Actually, it was several times each day. When you hunt fossils on the beach, you have to be careful in case the tide comes in!! We always checked if the tide came in. We found lots and lots and lots and lots of fossils (and lots and lots and lots). We want to go back to Whitby another day.
My first fossil hunt was to a quarry near Matlock in Derbyshire - that's not far from where we live. Mummy and I went. We didn't have a fossil hammer, so we used other stones to crack the stones open. You can't find all fossils everywhere, because you find the fossils of the creatures that used to live there, millions and millions of years ago. And if the creatures didn't live there, then there won't be fossils of that creature. Near where we live, you can find shells (they are called brachiopods in fossil-speak), and we found some!!
Hello, my name is Toby. I am five years old, and I want to be a palaeontologist. I really like fossils, so I'm writing down everything I do with fossils! My Mummy is doing the typing until I'm a bit older, but she writes everything I say.