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What kind of mosasaur do these verts belong to?

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JojoMozza

I have this specimen. Listed this in the Fabrication section. I was told that these are platecarpus vertebrae from the Niobrara Chalk, in Kansas.

are these mosasaur?

thank you!

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JojoMozza

Let me know if more photos are required

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fifbrindacier

I can't help you on those, but they're very, very nice.:envy:

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Troodon

Vertebrae look real and from a mosasaur.  There are multiple Mosasaurs in the Niobrara Chalk but cannot help you identify these if they can be differentiated from the others.

 

Good website 

http://oceansofkansas.com/

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JojoMozza
55 minutes ago, Troodon said:

Vertebrae look real and from a mosasaur.  There are multiple Mosasaurs in the Niobrara Chalk but cannot help you identify these if they can be differentiated from the others.

 

Good website 

http://oceansofkansas.com/

Thanks Troodon! I forgot to mention a guy told me that it can’t be a mosasaur because mosasaur vertebra don’t have “wings” and apparently my specimen does? I’m not sure what he means.

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JojoMozza

Also, does it look like there’s been restoration/repairs?

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Troodon

No restoration jumps out..I think those wings are just processes

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jpc

Mosasur verts have no wings?  The guy needs to learn some mosasaur anatomy.  Those are transverse processes and yes, some mos verts have them.  Depends on what part of the body they come from. 

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Troodon

An excellent publication to learn about American Mosasaurs 

 

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caldigger
6 hours ago, JojoMozza said:

I forgot to mention a guy told me that it can’t be a mosasaur because mosasaur vertebra don’t have “wings” and apparently my specimen does? I’m not sure what he means.

Probably all the ones he has found were worn/ broken off.

Or he was just indicating that mosasaur's didn't drink Red Bull. :P

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jpc

I looked at Russell's tome on mosasaur before posting the last post, but it does not have good illustrations of post cervical verts.  Here are a few verts from the Tate Museum's Plioplatecarpus specimen named "Oomtar".  These are all caudals.  Lots of transverse processes in the bigger ones.   5e557fdda61fa_Oomtarverts.jpg.ad57b5c83e4c032e6345cea899120fd4.jpg

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JojoMozza

Thank you guys so much for all this info. I’m quite relieved. I just noticed a little chip on the vert and underneath it is a kind of grey chalky substance. Is that normal? But then another part of the vertebra, I picked off a tiny bit of bone and underneath that there was more bone.

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caldigger

Listen, if you dont feel comfortable with them, I'll give you my address to send them to. 

That way I can take them away from your worrying mind and all will be good in the world again. :)

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JojoMozza
22 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Listen, if you dont feel comfortable with them, I'll give you my address to send them to. 

That way I can take them away from your worrying mind and all will be good in the world again. :)

:heartylaugh:

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caldigger
2 minutes ago, JojoMozza said:

:heartylaugh:

So I take it that's a no?!  :(

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