Boy finds 480 million year old fossil in the garden with a kit he got for Christmas | Science & Tech News
A six-year-old boy found a fossil up to 488 million years old while digging in his garden with a fossil hunting kit he received for Christmas.
Siddak Sing Jhamat, known as Sid, “dug for worms and things like ceramics and bricks,” he said in his garden.
“I just came across this rock that looked a bit like a horn and thought it might be a tooth or a claw or a horn, but it was actually a piece of coral called a horn coral. I was really excited about it what it is really was. “
His father Vish Singh said, “We were surprised that he found something so strange in the ground.
“He found a horn coral and some smaller pieces next to it, then went digging again the next day and found a solidified block of sand.
“There were a lot of small molluscs in there and clams and something like a crinoid, which is like a tentacle of an octopus, so it’s quite a prehistoric thing,” added Mr Singh.
Luckily for the couple, Mr. Singh was able to identify the results courtesy of a fossil group on Facebook of which he was a member.
The group identified the find as most similar to a rugosa coral, estimated to be between 251 and 488 million years old.
“The time from which they existed was 500 to 251 million years ago, the Paleozoic,” said Singh.
“England at the time was part of Pangea, a landmass of continents. England was all under water too.”
Unlike southern England’s Jurassic Coast, the family said the area they live in is not known for its fossils – although they have plenty of natural clay in the garden where Sid’s finds were discovered.
The family added that they hoped to tell the University of Birmingham’s Museum of Geology about their discovery.
Mr. Singh said, “Many, many people have commented on how amazing it is to find something in the back garden.
“They say you can find fossils anywhere if you look closely, but to find a piece this big is pretty unique,” he added.