Girl Digs Up A 160 Million Year Old Fossil

Emily Baldry, an adorable five-year-old girl from the UK, was doing what a normal kid her age would be doing: hanging out at with her family and digging. Unlike other normal kids though, she found a 160 million year old fossil. She called it Spike.

It's an absolutely amazing and rare discovery that happened by complete chance: Emily was just using a plastic spade to dig around on her first organised digging trip at Cotsworld Water Park in the UK with her dad. Little did she know what would come out of it: the Rieneckia odysseus fossil -- which is like a gigantic mollusk from the Jurrasic period -- 16 inches in diameter and completely intact, other fossilized ammonites in the UK have all been fragmented into little pieces.

Emily actually made the discovery last year (so she's now six) but only got to see Spike this past week because geologists had to restore the fossil (it originally looked like a mud block). Emily was thankful for that and said:

It is so exciting to see him. I was very happy when I first saw him and now he looks very shiny.

I hope she keeps digging. [Daily Mail]

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    Moar little kids need to start naming fossils. Put their uncanny talent for dinosaur names to good use!

    So this fossil was found just below the surface??

      Very odd isn't it...

        This. Since when did 160 million year old fossils (if you want to believe that date) sit say 15-30cm under the surface? This isn't a tiny little fragment either..

          "...her first organised digging trip at Cotsworld Water Park in the UK with her dad"

          judging by the jackets and the mass amounts of people around, i dont think she was digging around in the backyard during the find...

          Yeah... I think I'll stick with trusting experts in their respective fields of peer-reviewed science when they tell me it's 160 million years old - instead of just deciding if I want to "believe that date" or not. Thanks though.


      Why not? It sounds like you've not found many fossils yourself. I used to live near a beach where you could walk along and pick up loads of chrinoid stem and gryphaea fossils from amongst the more recent shells and flotsam (certainly nothing as exciting as this ammonite). A local fossil expert (Stan Wood) was taking a primary school group on a walk around a good fossil site when one of the kids picked up something and asked him what it was. It turned out to be a fossil of an early fish (or it may have been a frog, I can't remember 20 years later) which changed the currently accepted opinion on the evolution of that particular species. So kids can make astounding discoveries. They're probably more likely to do so, when was the last time you went digging around just for fun?

    so a 5 year old(now 6) achieved more in her life time then a lot of adults lol

      She found something thats been on this planet for millions of years that no one was really looking for........... HEY! I FOUND THIS ROCK! +1

    Wow. What a lot of sour, bitter people posting here. Fossils are found every single day in similar circumstances - they aren't all buried in the middle of mountains. And... people... she's just a kid, what's with the bizarre hate?

      Covering for inadequacies.

    Probably the "organised digging trip" was organised for a reason....
    Likely it was a Known fossil area, lucky kid to find the big one...

    Its all there for people who go and look..

    "With over 50 years of quarrying in this area, and 2 million tonnes of gravel extracted every year, there is plenty of scope for digging up the past. From Iron age to Ice age, there have been some exciting finds, including the renowned woolly mammoth skull, one of only two ever found in the UK. Even further back, this area was once a warm shallow tropical sea, so remains of marine reptiles such as plesiosaur and ichthyosaur can be found.
    The Cotswold Water Park Trust works closely with the local mineral operators to provide organised and safe fossil hunts into some of the local quarries. With experts on hand to help identify finds, people with an interest in the past can look for fabulous fossils and awesome ammonites, and learn more about this ever changing landscape."

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