Category: Scotland – Central

Most of the fossil bearing sites in the Midland and Grampian areas of Scotland are along the eastern coast. Here, Carboniferous rocks yield plant remains, brachiopods, trilobite and giant millipede tracks, corals and crinoids. Some of the best locations include East Wemyss, for plant remains, and Crail, where fossil tree trunks in life position can be seen. Fife also has many locations to visit, as a result of if once being a coal mining area.

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East Wemyss

The sea regularly erodes a cliff of spoil from the now closed nearby Michael Colliery. This cliff contains many different carboniferous beds, some of which contain highly fossiliferous plant and marine bands, fossils from which can be found scattered along the foreshore. Carboniferous, Spoil, Cliffs and Foreshore, Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

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There are two locations for fossils at Elie. The first is Elie Shore where, during scouring conditions and winter months, brachiopods, bivalves, sponges and trilobite fragments can be found. Nearby, the rocks at Wood Haven also contain fossils Carboniferous, Cliffs and Foreshore, Rating: ♦♦♦♦