Last year around this time, I was on Skye for the same reason. We found a lot of good fossils, but it always takes some time to recognise what you're looking for in the field. One splodge on a rock is a bit of scrappy plant, the next might be a nice bone. It takes time to 'get your eye in', as they say.
I blogged a game of Plant or Bone? last year to illustrate how hard identifying things in the field can be. This year, I'd like to share a new game: Algae or Fossil? Our fossils of interest are incredibly small, and often resemble the black algae that populates the shoreline. Can you tell the difference?
|1. Blob of algae, or fossil bone?|
|2. It's a splat, it's a fossil, it's a bird poo - who can tell?|
|3. That has to be a bone, right?|
|4. Yet another scattering of bitties, but should we be collecting it?|
|5. Oh look, another black thingy.|
|6. Your last chance to get it right....|