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I found this tooth while searching my collection of Sussex Wealden, Hastings bone bed. Similar to the small size ornithopod dinosaur Hypsilophodon premaxilla teeth, but this species can be ruled out. It is more similar to the small ornithopod Echinodon, Purbeck beds, Dorset premaxilla teeth. The crown is smooth and asymmetrical. The root curls up at the end, similar to some Iguanodon teeth in original early illustrations of the Iguanodon species. I prepped the tooth out completely from the matrix. Tooth is very small being 5mm long. Can anyone help me with identification of this tooth?
During the summer months I work for a museum on the "Isle of Wight" and between work hours I go and look for fossils. I have found many things over the years but 2016 was special because I found a hypsilophodon vertebra in matrix! at Grange Chine (Where I happened to be camping). It was professionally prepared out of the rock and from the original specimen I was able to create this illustration. Sadly due to erosion it is missing the front (so you can see the cross-section) even though I would have loved to have the full fossil, I wouldn't have been able to find it as it was the cross-section that gave it away to me in the first place. This illustration was drawn to scale inspired by the traditional fossil drawings of the 17th-19th century using inks, graphite dust and pencil. - I have turned this illustration into a pattern because it's going to be printed onto silk scarves, dresses and wallpaper. Which in turn will be sold in the museum on the island with proceeds going towards fossil conservation. *Feel free to share this illustration with credit, but please ask for permission if you wish to use it.
My favourite and rarest find from my latest long stay trip to the Isle of Wight (whilst working for a local museum). To the layman's eye this might look like just a "funny rock" but it's actually a Hypsilophodon (small Ornithopod dinosaur) caudal vertebra within matrix. Finding any "Hypsy" fossils are rare and most of the time they are only commonly found in the aptly named "Hypsilophodon bed" which is further along the cliff beds to where I picked this up at Grange chine. Sadly part of the vertebra is missing (hence the cross section) but if it had been complete it would have been almost impossible to find so double-edged sword. After discovering the fossil at precisely 6:43 pm ( on the 24th of August) I immediately took it to the museum where a few palaeontologists inspected it (at this point we were unsure of the ID). We all decided that it was worth taking out of the matrix...Luckily there is an expert fossil preparator on the island who has the correct tools, knowledge and experience to deal with fossils this size. (Most people were far too scared to attempt!) Once the fossil was taken out of the matrix we were able to confirm its ID as "Hypsy". I'm honestly so chuffed with this! I've found dinosaur teeth and very large bones in the past but nothing yet until now from a Hypsilophodon. * I apologise in advance that the photos are not the best! Once my DCLR camera is uploaded I'll have better photos.