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  1. It's been a while since i posted a proper trip report, so i thought i'd show you guys the spoils from my recent trip to the Lyme Regis area in early April 2023 (collecting from the 3rd to the 9th). I spent the week intensely scouring over the foreshore for any vertebrate fossils that i could, as marine reptiles are my main interest at this particular fossil site. But i found many great invertebrate fossils as well! Especially ammonites and belemnites. These fossils are all Early Jurassic in age, about 200 to 190 million years old, and come from the Blue Lias and Charmouth Mudstone formations.
  2. Here is one of those fossils that would have been amazing if it had been found sooner. I found it washed up among the pebbles. It's a worn down partial ichthyosaur Sclerotic ring. The thin plates that made up the ichthyosaurs eye. While worn, I have cleaned it up and I am still happy to have such a piece among my fossil collection. Top of the skull The eye plates
  3. While searching the rocks at lowtide this week, near Whitby I came across this. While most people may dismiss this as a round rock, I have found afew before so recognised it for what it was. A large backbone encased in rock. I took it back home and using my airpen removed the rock from one side of the vert. I have kept the other side and edges with matrix, because I already have afew fully matrix free. This is the largest backbone I have found so far.
  4. Crazyhen

    Ichthyosaur eye socket ?

    This is a partial skull of an ichthyosaur from Yunnan of China. There is a big circular part below the skull, is it a detached eye socket?
  5. Here is a section of Ichthyosaur paddle that I found recently near Whitby. The sea has rounded the pebble nicely but there is still a little bit of matrix to remove. I tried using my air pen to remove the matrix but unfortunately it's like penning metal due to the pyrite. So acid is the only option. The first dip I only protected with paraloid for a quick dip (1Hour) which worked well and gave the bones some definition. On the second dip today, I coated the exposed bones with some candle wax to give them some added protection
  6. RuMert

    Ichthyosaur radius

    From the album: Late Jurassic ichthyosaurs from the Volga

    Ulyanovsk Oblast, Undory, Kimmeridgian-Tithonian boundary
  7. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    Marine reptile tooth ID Lyme Regis

    Hi all, Bought this tooth online a while back. It was sold to me as "Ichthyosaurus platyodon" (which I understand to mean Temnodontosaurus platyodon) from Lyme Regis. Likely found by the seller themselves, as I know they occasionally collect fossils there. However, for the following reasons, I'm not sure about this attribution: Overall, the tooth doesn't look like your typical ichthyosaur tooth to me: It has more of an oval rather than round cross-section It's labolingually flattened Messial and distal carinae run the full length of the cr
  8. DanJeavs

    Monster ichthyosaur vert

    Began prep on something quite special today. Though I’ll be uploading pictures once completed. I have always said, you always find your best stuff heading back to the car. That certainly can be said for this day. I’d not had much lucky all day, these days I’m looking more for stuff to add to the collection, rather than collecting for the sake of it. Couple of nice ammonites but that’s it. I then walked past a spot I had already walked past that morning, when I noticed what looked like a GIANT vert, laying amongst the shale from a recent cliff fall. Yup. It was. Safe to say my breathing w
  9. First up, I am not claiming that casts are of equal importance to the actual skeleton. I am annoyed however I come across arguments by anti-collectors that it is not feasible for museums to cast fossils in private collection. The recent rediscovery of the "Proteosaurus" casts should prove beyond any doubt that while a cast isn't on par with the original, they can still provide invaluable research data to paleontologists. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.220966 I hope that more paleontologists can consider partnering with private collectors
  10. I visted Aust Cliff on the River Severn, Gloucestershire UK back in Feburary and managed to find a large block of the 'Rhaetic Bone Bed' . Lots of bone fragments, fish teeth, even a shark fin spine! But my best finds are a paddle bone and large tooth. (Still got plenty more rock pieces to break open and search for more, so a long term project...) However i would like to I.D this Ichthyosaur in particular. Does anyone know about the early ichthyosaurs from the late Triassic? Age: 208 - 201mya (Late Triassic: Rhaetian) - Aust Cliff Paddle bone - humerus?
  11. Hi everyone, I’m curious about an object that is attached to a fossil I recently purchased. This ichthyosaur skull is approximately 50 cm long and adjacent to the snout there’s a darker grey 3-4 centimetre object embedded in the matrix. I keep getting questions from friends about what it is but I have no idea (my wife has started to tell people that it’s an ichthyosaur corpolite, however I’m not convinced). I wrote to the Natural History Museum here in Sweden but they don’t know either. Can anyone here help solve this small mystery? Thanks, TFF is
  12. Per Christian

    Ichthyosaur or pliosaur?

    Came across this tooth, the location is: Severst Sandstone Formation Volga River Region, Russia Late Jurassic 145 Mya. The striations tells me it's ichthyosaur, but the root looks pliosaur to me, do I'm curious. What do people here think? It's 34 mm long @pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon
  13. Hi, I always struggle to tell the difference between a Plesiosaur tooth and an Ichthyosaur tooth. This tooth comes from Goulmima in Morocco (lower Turonian) so I believe it is a Plesiosaur tooth (possibly a Pliosaur tooth), but wanted to confirm it here. The tooth is 4.2cm in length and retains the ridges on the tooth which I think is how you might tell the difference between Plesiosaur and Ichthyosaur. Thank you!
  14. RuMert

    Syzran ichthyosaur

    From the album: Late Jurassic ichthyosaurs from the Volga

    Samara Oblast, Syzran, Upper Kimmeridgian. D 5cm
  15. My daughter and I have just been down to Penarth in Wales; we’d nearly given up on the place when I spotted this tooth on a slab. It came from the Jurassic layers where I know ichthyosaur and plesiosaur material is regularly found. I’m thinking it’s the latter of these but I have very little knowledge to back this up. Can anyone tell me what the tooth belonged to and maybe even narrow it down to a species. Many thanks for looking IMG_3688.MOV
  16. Nattywoody

    Bone or stone

    Hi All, I was walking/ hunting around Monmouth on the Jurassic coast in the UK when I came across this item. It's was in a rockpool at low tide and stood out with it's black colouring in amongst the gray and light flint rock. Most fossils I collected that morning were small clam, mussel and devil toenail shells. It looks like it has been damaged in half and inside has very tiny black crystals. I want to say its a similar shape to a vertebrae but it's probably wishful thinking. I would say 10-12cm diameter. Any thoughts on what if anything this could be would be most welcome. Thank you.
  17. Just spotted this on the beach, thinking it looks like ichthyosaur shoulder bone or something, don’t want to carry it if it’s just a lump of wood though. What are your thoughts? Already seen a rib in one boulder, a vert in another and collected a piece of possible jaw and another bone. Thanks for looking. IMG_1730.MOV
  18. Cederholm

    Russian ichthyosaur tooth?

    Hey! I just bought a “ ichthyosaur tooth” from online. The teeth sold out really fast so i had to make a quick decision. It’s suppose to be from the Belgorod region. So my question you is, is this a ichthyosaur tooth?
  19. I have seen this for sale, however the seller states that they don’t know if it is real or a replica. I’m thinking it might be worth taking a risk on, but the air bubbles in the bottom are a red flag. It’s clearly another layer to the top so I suppose it could just be something added to the fossil to strengthen the piece. I’m also thinking that such a piece wouldn’t usually be worth making a replica of. What are your thoughts on this; worth the risk at a low price?
  20. jclynch1

    Not sure if fossil?

    Hello! Indulged my hobby a little this weekend (4-7 Mar) and headed to Lyme Regis for some sunny ammonite hunting. Found this while digging on East Beach there… I’m nowhere near experienced enough to determine if it’s even a fossil at all, but it was such an odd shape and I thought I’d ask! About 1 3/8 inch (3.5cm) across and approx 1 inch (2.5cm) thick. Found 5 March 2022 on East Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK. See photos below for details. Thank you everyone!
  21. Koss1959

    Jurassic Coast Fossils

    Hi all! I've been really busy creating all these watercolour illustrations based on fossils from the Jurassic Coast. Here we have an Ichthyosaur, a Plesiosaur, an Ammonite, a Scelidosaurus and a Belemnite. There will be a few more to come soon...
  22. Per Christian

    Temnodontosaurus tooth?

    Hi all! I came across this tooth listed as temnodontosaurus. It's 4 cm long and comes from Lyme Regis. Can anyone here tell if it's temnodontosaurus? @pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon
  23. RuMert

    Tiny ichthyosaur vertebra

    From the album: Late Jurassic ichthyosaurs from the Volga

    Ulyanovsk Oblast, Undory. Caudal
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