A young fossil hunter discovered a ‘golden cannonball’ dating back more than 180 millions years, while exploring the a Yorkshire coastline.
Student Aaron Smith goes hunting for fossils twice a week and was ecstatic when he came across the rare find during a stroll down Sandsend Beach, in Whitby.
The medical student claims the fossil is an 185 million-year-old Eleganticeras, from the Jet Rock Shales of the Upper Lias in the Lower Jurassic period.
In a video 22-year-old Aaron can be seen holding the glinting cannonball-shaped rock close up to the camera, before opening it up to show the incredible palm-sized Elegantericeras inside, before closing it again.
Aaron says the limestone of the ‘golden cannonball’ was naturally coated in iron pyrite – also known as fool’s gold – and he has since given a good polish to make is shine.
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