Hmmm....I think Spartacus knows all about Merrie Olde Englande, he's only recently moved out to Gaul! I'm sure you are just having a joke Jamie, but I don't really see much point in playing fossil jingoism, i.e "my country's fossils are better than yours"...etc. I'm sure we'd all agree with the opinion that fossils are our common heritage and should be of equal interest no matter where they are found (except those ghastly mammals, of course
). After all, our national borders were meaningless in the Triassic!
From what little I've seen some crackingly well preserved belemnoids have been found in France, for example the weird pear-shaped Duvalia
is a commonly found belemnite in SE France. Indeed, France has been home to some amazing fossil cephalopods that have been found no-where else in the world, e.g the primitive octopus Proteroctopus
, the vampyromorph Vampyronassa
and the dibranchate teuthid Gramadella
. None of these are known from Britain. On the other hand, I'm sure Britain has a few fossil species unknown in France; it really doesn't matter.
Thanks for the belemnite offer Jamie, that's very kind. I may be in touch.