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  1. Drawing of Simolestes vorax

    Over the past few days I've been drawing up another paleo-reconstruction. After some time conflicting on which animal to draw, I settled on the rather under-celebrated pliosaur Simolestes vorax. S. vorax is a Jurassic pliosaur related to Liopleurodon, but is estimated to grow up to 10 meters in length, rivaling the size of the more famous pliosaur Kronosaurus. Heck, at one point there were even some theories that Simolestes was the owner of a gigantic lower front jaw dubbed "The NHM Symphysis", which was believed to be from a pliosaur exceeding 15 meters in length! Again, I used a Huion 1060PLUS Drawing Tablet and used Photoshop CS6. This time, drawing was a bit annoying due to constant need of omitting head details depicted on the skull I referenced. It took me a week to finish, and probably 5-6 whole hours in solid time due to the constant drawing/erasing.
  2. Texas Pliosaur and Mosasaur teeth

    So I've gotten myself into an extremely rare deal- a mosasaur and pliosaur tooth both in the US for a small fee of 130 bucks or so (95 british pound) The goodies arrived today, and I might as well show em off. First off, we have a mosasaur tooth from the Ozan Formation of Fannin County. Knowing that the NSR flows inside Fannin County and is also part of the Ozan Formation, This tooth is probably also from the NSR itself. Although the seller didn't have time to do a full ID on the tooth and simply labeled it as unidentified, by extensive comparing with other mosasaur teeth from the area, I can promptly assume that this is cf. Tylosaurus proriger, meaning that after 11+ years of my life, I finally have a T. proriger tooth . Unless someone decides to be a donkey and counterID it. Next, we got a tooth that has been sought out for by countless collectors- a north american pliosaur tooth. As with other Texan pliosaur teeth, this one was from the Britton Formation near Dallas. Again, the seller labeled it as an unidentified pliosaur. This time though, IDing is difficult. Based on my knowledge, the two possible candidates are Brachauchenius lucasi and Polyptychodon hudsoni, which both have been found in this area. But as its hard to tell the difference between the two in teeth, I can't make a solid pinpoint. Maybe I'll just be biased and label it as cf. Brachauchenius lucasi because brachs are more iconic to me and due to the unstableness of the polyptychodon taxon. Although not as large as other's tylosaurus teeth, this one still kicks over 4 cm which is still pretty big to me. The pliosaur tooth is just over 2 cm, making it quite small but worth due to its rarity.
  3. Brachauchenius

    Brachauchenius lucasi finds are more based in Kansas, but examples in Eagle Ford Texas have been found, most notably Willison's 1907 second B. lucasi skull which has been found in the same area. There is a possibility that this tooth could actually be Polyptychodon hudsoni which have been also found in Eagle Ford, but based on the morphology of the tooth (especially the root part near the crown), I think it is more likely B. lucasi.
  4. Pliosaurus

    Estimated 160 mya.
  5. Source: Find the link HERE! Anyone else notice that there is a lot coming out of Russia recently? There must be a paleontology boom up there.
  6. Dear members of the fossil forum. Some time ago I bought several vertebrae from the Turonian layers of Goulmima, Morocco. 5 marine vertebrates have been found at that site until now. These are Tethysaurus (mosasaur), Thililua (polycotylid), Manemergus (polycotylid), Libonectes (plesiosaur) and Brachauchenius (pliosaur). I want to know if I have a fossil of each of these 4 groups from Goulmima. Therefore I need to know how the vertebrae look of each group. I know the difference between mosasaur vertebrae and the other 3 groups, but which differences exist between the other three? Thanks in advance, Sander
  7. Pliosaurs In Russia?

    Does anyone know about the occurrence of Pliosaurs in Russia? I recently acquired a lovely pliosaur tooth from Calvin from this forum, and the information given was: Polyptychodon interruptus Stary Oskol, Russia Upper Cretaceous I am curious because firstly, every single of this type of tooth are said to have came from Stary Oskol of Russia, and secondly they are all consistently listed as species Polyptychodon interruptus. However, I am not aware of any scientific papers or paleontology database listing Polyptychodon as a pliosaur from Russia. Polyptychodon is instead found in England and US. These teeth supposedly comes from an old German location. Could they be an unidentified species of pliosaur, or was Polyptychodon more wide-spread than we realized? Thank you. Here's a pic of a tooth that's almost identical to mine
  8. Dem Bones

    Hi All, found these together in old ex- brick quarry near Peterborough. (Same location as previous bone ID'd as Pliosaur Metacarpal) Any thoughts? Many thanks
  9. Badly Preserved Vertebrae

    Hello All, Can anyone ID this warn specimen? I think It's a large reptile tail vertabrae. Found in Barrington, Cambrideshire recently... Not sure if the hexagonal appearance is due to erosion or not. Any clues much appreciated. Best Pica
  10. Pliosaur Metacarpal?

    Hi All, this recent find from clay in Cambridgeshire... Darren suggests a Pliosaur metacarpal (flipper bone)
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