Welcome to “Locker 19”, this page will featuring specimens that did not make the Geoblitz reviews, along with other oddities deep within the collection.
The unmentioned specimens
In this section I will highlight some specimens of note that weren’t mentioned in the review or for some reason didn’t quite make it.
Here’s a great trilobite, a quite common Devonian Phacopid from Morocco. It towers above the rest of the trilobites and is relatively speaking a monster of the trays.
Below are two wonderful specimens that are worth a mention. Sadly due to a slight oversight they were omitted from the Arthropod review, due to being on display the the Leeds City Museum.
If reviewed I am sure they both would have scored a Gold award. Left is a fine sea scorpion – Erettopterus and below, a stunning lobster specimen from the Jurassic Solnhofen limestone in Germany.
Below is a weird and wonderful oddity from the Petrology review. The specimen has a small piece of limestone embedded within the weathered, coarse sandstone base and is sculpted by erosion. It was awarded 0 bronze stars and omitted from the review write up, but feel it deserves a mention.
Below are two amazing specimens omitted from the Mineral Review. Editing the results of this review was a tough call, as there were so many wonderful specimens that didn’t make it into the final blog post. So here is a worthy specimen of Hematite with associated Quartz, from the West Cumbrian Ore Field, England; scoring 1 Gold star.
Also a lovely example of the stunning mineral Lazurite. It contains very few pyrite flecks, so does not make it Lapis Lazuli, but it is such a beautiful and intense colour; scoring 1 Silver star.
The Palaeobotany review also had a wealth of material to edit down, whilst not quite as high scoring as the minerals. One of the specimens that deserves a mention is a silicified cross section of Quercus – oak tree, but has no accompanying data. These specimens are quite common and never fail to impress; scoring 0 Silver stars.
Below is a very interesting specimen edited out of the Ammonites review. A assemblage of some unusual hybrid ammonites – Eoderoceratids; with lovely preservation, in both part and counter part of the rock, but sadly no data. Scoring 0 Silver stars.
Below is a single scale from the incredible 7+ metre Carboniferous fish Rhizodus hibberti from Midlothian, Scotland. It is one of only two Rhizodus fossils in the collection, but is worth a mention. Sadly it did not score in the Fish review, but it featured in an animation we’ve made.
Much more to come…