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  1. Congratulations to @paulgdls on such a significant discovery. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0194742 https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/prehistoric-sea-monster-largest-size-blue-whale-fossils-science/
  2. Ichthyosaur France?

    Hello all I'm currently on a trip in France, near Chaumont. The geological maps say this area is middle to upper Jurassic, but other sources say it's Rhaetian (Upper Triassic). I found this tooth in marine desposits, clearly because 99% of all finds I do here are molusks, bivalves etc. They range from less than one cm to over 15 cm. The tooth is about 2 cm. What do you all think? As far as I know no Ichthyosaurus fossils have been found here. Thanks
  3. Ichthyosaur Partial Rostrum

    Visited Port Mulgrave on the 10th March and found some lovely Ammonites then walked the shoreline to Staithes. Those of you who know the coast will be aware that whilst there are fossils at the Staithes end, it is Port Mulgrave and a few spots in between that are the most productive. Imagine my surprise, with the Cod and Lobster pub in sight at the end of my trip, when I looked down at the smaller of the two pieces just sitting there. After an hour searching the area I found the larger part which is a perfect fit. The pieces are very weathered and I think may have been exposed high up in the upper lias for quite some time. I have been back twice but nothing else has come down yet. The rest may well be up there. There is no pyrite present but it is too advanced a prep job for me so I have taken it to Mike Marshal of Sandsend. I know you can't make a silk purse from a pigs ear but he will no doubt work wonders. It is my best every find and I don't know if I will ever experience the same excitement fossil lint. Amazing.
  4. Ichthyosaur ribs

    From the album Holzmaden

    A 15 cm long plate with some Ichthyosaur ribs from a construction site near Balingen (Germany). I bought it at a fair. Isnt it wonderfully prepped? Another picture:
  5. Ichthyosaur vertebrae and ribs

    From the album Holzmaden

    A 15 cm long plate with Ichthyosaur vertebrae and ribs from Holzmaden (Lower Jurassic). I bought this one at a fair. (I couldnt resist ) Some more pictures:
  6. Fake or Fossil? Ichthyosaur to ‘iffyosaur’ Part #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okjpbpD_My0 Fake or Fossil? UV exposes plaster Part #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCss3BWohPI Dean R. Lomax - Life as a palaeontologis https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnuR8gNE-GXYyiA8eE-5p2w A published paper about composites is: Massare, J.A. and Lomax, D.R., 2016. Composite skeletons of Ichthyosaurus in historic collections. Paludicola, 10, pp. 207-250. PDF file at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303932537_Composite_skeletons_of_Ichthyosaurus_in_historic_collections https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Judy_Massare http://www.academia.edu/26087070/Composite_skeletons_of_Ichthyosaurus_in_historic_collections http://brockport.academia.edu/JudyMassare “…we describe nearly complete skeletons of the Lower Jurassic genus Ichthyosaurus that are probably composites or that, at least, require further examination to assess their authenticity.” Yours, Paul H.
  7. Please could someone advise me on the permission required to remove a fossil. At low tide on the North Yorkshire coast near Port Mulgrave I discovered 5 visible ribs and some verts exposed under seaweed. The fossil appears to be limited to this with no paddles or jaw etc but it is still my best find. The area to be removed is approximately 60cm by 50cm. It is located about 10 meters off shore and will be exposed again next week. I removed a rib in three parts and would be able to remove the whole plate with tools. Can anyone tell me whether I need permission to do this and if it would be ok to use a cordless power tool in the process. Best regards Steve
  8. What ichthyosaur bone is this?

    I think one is a rib, but i'm not sure about the other bits, cheers.
  9. Sir David Attenborough helps discover brand new species of ichthyosaur in Lyme Regis, Dorset Echo, Jennifer Mulcahey, January 3, 2018 http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/NEWS/15805526.Sir_David_Attenborough_helps_discover_new_species____and_you_might_recognise_the_location/ P.S., I am not responsible for the article's title. Yours, Paul H.
  10. Jurassic Bone Block ID? (Yorkshire, UK)

    Hi all, I recently found this massive bowling ball sized rock at Saltwick Bay near Whitby on the Yorkshire coast (Northern England). It is lower to middle Jurassic, i think about 180-170 million years old (possibly the Whitby Mudstone Formation). As you can see it it's full of various bones, which occur on almost all sides of the rock so they are probably running right through it. Prep for this one is going to be a nightmare i can tell and i don't have the right tools, but for now i really just want to try and figure out what i've got. I think it's fair to assume the bones are associated. The options for this bit of coast are fish (Gyrosteus), ichthyosaur, marine crocodile, plesiosaur or dinosaur. I was hoping based on the cross sectional shapes of some of the bones, and the texture of the bone itself, someone would be able to narrow down what it might be. Fish or reptile would be the first thing to determine. My obvious first assumption was marine reptile, but some of the fish on the Yorkshire coast like Gyrosteus are also huge (5m long) and i'm not very familiar with their bone structure. In this picture, i thought the rectangular bone towards the bottom might be a vertebra in cross-section. If so, from what? Could it be the edge of an ichthyosaur vertebra before it dips down in the centre? This bone is the biggest in the block, about 8 cm long and 3 cm thick. Continued in the next post!
  11. unknown vert

    Can anyone help me id this vert. It came with a batch of Ichthyosaur bones I bought from Dorset, but it not like Ichthyosaur verts I usually get.
  12. Ichthyosaur tooth

    From the album Holzmaden

    Another small ( 1cm long) and bit damaged Ichthyosaur tooth from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden (lower Jurassic) But the root is nice and well preserved ! Some more images:
  13. What is this?

    I found this very small thing on my fossil of two ichthyosaur rib bones. It's very shiny. It is From Jurassic sediment (200 million years old) at Lavernock, South Wales, U.K. 5p coin for scale.
  14. I have a question if Ichthyosaur is considered a reptile how come it gave birth to its young live? What separates it from mammals?
  15. Title says it all really. Can anybody help? @abyssunder @doushantuo @Fruitbat Thanks!
  16. An awesome tooth !

    Yesterday I was again in the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden (Lower Jurassic) and I found a really nice tooth ! The tooth is about 2 cm long and 1 cm wide ! I think its one of the biggest tooth I have ever found ! Its a Temnodontosaurus tooth, which is a large Ichthyosaur. In the "Schlacke" (a specific layer) you can sometimes find smaller teeth but such big teeth in a good condition are very rare. I am really happy about this one Especially because there wasnt much material there, so it was a lucky find ! The prep took about 4 hours. - The quarry, where I find this teeth will close during winter so the tooth is also a great completion of this year !
  17. My ichthyosaurus collection

    Here is my small ichthyosaur collection. I keep all my fossils in 19th century draws as it fits with our living room which is a Victorian cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkammer. Paddle basioccipital
  18. Fossil of ‘fish lizard’ from Jurassic-era found: Researchers relate India to Gondawana, The TeCake, October 27, 2017 https://tecake.in/news/science/first-jurassic-era-fish-lizard-fossil-discovered-gujarats-kutch-area-39424.html First Jurassic ichthyosaur fossil found in India https://phys.org/news/2017-10-jurassic-ichthyosaur-fossil-india.html Prasad, G.V.R., Pandey, D.K., Alberti, M., Fürsich, F.T., Thakkar, M.G., and Chauhan, G.D. 2017. Discovery of the first ichthyosaur from the Jurassic of India: Implications for Gondwanan palaeobiogeography. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0185851. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0185851 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185851 Yours, Paul H.
  19. Ichthyosaur tooth

    From the album Holzmaden

    Another Ichthyosaur tooth from the lower Jurassic of Holzmaden / quarry Kromer. Its about 1.3 cm long and has a very nice root ! Some more pictures:
  20. Ichthyosaur tooth

    From the album Holzmaden

    A small ( 0.7 cm long) Ichthyosaur tooth from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden (Lower Jurassic):
  21. Hi there. I recently purchased a big box full of shale, containing a number of disarticulated ichthyosaur bones from South Wales. Mostly ribs, but there's also a humerus and one or two other unidentified bones too. It's not an amazing piece, but I'd consider it good practice. I've been trying to work out how to prep it. It's in many pieces, and putting them together is a bit of a task in itself! As you can see from this terrible photo, I've made some progress. I've numbered the joins so that their positions can be found easily, and drawn in marker pen on the surface of the shale where the bones appear to run beneath. I'd appreciate any advice from anyone that's done this sort of thing before. This is how I intend on proceeding: 1. Complete the jigsaw - and hope it all fits together! 2. Prep each piece to expose the bones 3. Set the pieces onto some kind of backing - not sure what? 4. Tidy up the prep, and use epoxy clay to fill the cracks. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be very grateful. I've never dealt with any icthyosaur material before.
  22. So I drew a paleo-reconstruction of a noteworthy but sparsely-known apex predator Temnodontosaurus eurycephalus, which was believed to be the top apex of the Early Jurassic until the rise of proto-pliosaurs like Rhomaelosaurus. Unlike its famous squid sucking sister T. platydon (metaphor, not literally), T. eurycephalus had a thick skull with deep jaws and large robust teeth suggesting a macropredatory diet and probably fed on other ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and anything else that it could swallow (Also, growing lengths of over 30 feet, it probably could swallow everything other than another Temnodontosaurus) This is actually my first time finishing a paleo-reconstruction using only a pen tablet and photoshop (All my other drawings were either unfinished or done on paper). I used a Huion 1060PLUS drawing tablet and Photoshop CS6 to draw this. Took at least 3 hours to draw, and I heavily referenced the holotype skull to draw the head. Turned out pretty neat, but I don't know if I should color/shade this.
  23. I'd like to share my small Ichthyosaur collection. It includes Verts, ribs, a paddle bone and two teeth. These are from lots of different UK locations.
  24. Ichthyosaur tooth

    From the album Albian vertebrates of Ukraine

    Partial ichthyosaur tooth, supposedly Platypterygius (however now it is a wastebasket taxon)