When we went to Whitby, we, well, not we did find this, Mummy did. We knew there was something inside, we could see. So, we sent it to an expert, and he digged out a vertebrae.
Can you see the vertebrae? It was hidden, and it's the enormous biggest we found, and the best.
Yesterday I got a big parcel, and inside, there were nine fossilised fossils. And this one is crocodile bones. The one beneath is a belemnite, it's the biggest one I ever had!
I've had hardly any bone fossils, except a tiny bit of dinosaur bone, and now, a man called Howie has sent me all of these. These are ichthyosaur bones...
...and we think these are ichthyosaur bones, too.
There are three lots of ichthyosaur vertebrae. I've never had such nice fossils.
They were all found in places where we've looked as well, so next time, we need to look a bit harder, so we can find fossils like this, too.
This is a sea urchin (it's also called an echinoid).
This is an ammonite.
And here are more ichthyosaur vertebrae. I want to say to this big, grown-up man: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, for these beautiful fossils. I thought Christmas has come early.
This is me, Toby, in my school t-shirt, making dinosaur cookies. First, we put flour, dark sugar and butter (edit from Mummy: and bicarb of soda) in a bowl, and I had to break it all up into tiny pieces.
Then, we added an egg and three spoons of golden syrup, and I had to make a ball.
Mummy helped a little (just at the end).
We made the dinosaur cookie pieces. Each dinosaur needed a front, a back, and two leg pieces.
These are dinosaur pieces, we were about to put them in the oven. When they came out, they were nearly all dry. We had to leave them to cool down.
This is the dinosaur cookie when it's built.
Thank you, Auntie Katrin, for the dinosaur cookie cutters, we are going to make more of them!
We said we would tell you what we found on our trip. These look like starfish, but they are crinoid stems. (Toby typed the last sentence all by himself!)
This ammonite is tiny! Daddy found the stone below, we think it might be from a big ammonite.
Another little ammonite.
These are vertebrae, but they are not fossils - they are still bone, and we don't know which animal they come from.
We are not sure this is a fossil.
We'll tell you more about this stone later, because it is a secret!
Hello! I am Toby, and I am a fossil hunter. We went to Whitby, and we had to get there quickly, because it was getting dark. It was also very cold. I've got my fossil hammer and my protection glasses in this picture, and my woolly hat and my scarf. Can you see the heart in the stone below?
It got dark very quickly, so we went to a cafe, and I had a hot chocolate. Then we got in the car, and we drove to the youth hostel at Boggle Hole. We had to park the car and walk to the hostel in the dark, but I had a torch.
The next morning, Mummy and I went fossil hunting in the dark!! We used the torch to see the stones, and we took just one step onto the beach, and we found a star-shaped crinoid stem! But it was tricky in the dark, so we went back to have some breakfast.
This is what we could see from our window of our room.
After breakfast, we went back to the beach with Daddy. I found an ammonite. We'll show you pictures of everything we found another time.
You had to cross this bridge to get to the hostel. Any car had to drive into the sea and then to the hostel!! We want to come back in the summer!
It's been a long time since I told you about any fossil presents I got. So I thought I'd show you them all, and say 'thank you' to the people who gave them to me.
I got this shark tooth from Luke - he's from taekwondo.
Chris bought these stingray teeth for me all the way in Australia.
Ben is from school. He came to my birthday party and gave me all these fossils. In the picture below are dinosaur bones!!
This is a small ammonite. It's shiny, because it's been cut and polished. It was a present from Jack's Dad Stuart, and he cuts and polishes stones. He also gave me all the fossils below - one is polished fossilised algae, and one is polished crinoid stems - can you tell which is which? Jack collects fossils, too, and I've sent him some of mine.
Linda came to Mummy for a lesson in how to make glass beads, and heard that I'm collecting fossils, so she sent me an ammonite imprint. It's been cut, Mummy says it's called a cabochon, like what Stuart did with the ones above!
Thank you for my fossil presents. I love them and I'm looking after them! From Toby.
Today, the fur arrived, and we finished the mammoth. First, we did the legs with fur - we cut the fur and we sticked it on with glue. Then we did the head. We did it in two halves. We did the belly, and then we did the trunk. The body is the last thing - but we nearly ran out of glue! Here are a couple of pictures of the mammoth finished. Would you like to make a mammoth?
We are still working on our mammoth. First we changed the head a bit, so it looks more like a mammoth. Yesterday, we made the tusks out of clay. I made one and Mummy made one. We curved them round with a toilet roll. This morning, they were dry, and we stuck them to the mammoth. Now we're waiting for the fur to finish it - maybe it'll come today!
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.