My ’22 Top Ten – 10. Castleford coal creatures

I’ve been looking back over the year of 2022, deciding what my favourite fossily and earthy things were. I’ve ended up with ten highlights, so I’m going to work through them backwards, chronologically.

Number 10 is the discovery I made last month that Henry Moore’s school in Castleford sits on a layer of fossilized sea creatures from Ukraine. After I wrote the blogpost, Dr Helen Pheby of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park told me that Moore’s wife, Irina Radetski, was from Kyiv, so that’s even better.

UK and Ukraine: connected by goniatites and sculpture, among other things.


Earth scientist in North Yorkshire, fossilist on the Cote de Saur. Director of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival and palaeontologist for hire. Can be found twittering and facebooking as @fossiliam.