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pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

Just wow! That's a really impressive specimen! One thing they didn't really mention in the news article, however, from what geological layers the specimen derives, how old it is. Would you know?

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Bobby Rico

That’s great I missed this thanks. I hope it goes to New Walk Museum home of The Rutland Dinosaur . Cheers Bobby 

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Bobby Rico

I think they found two other incomplete and smaller ichthyosaurs during the construction of Rutland Water in the 1970s 

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5 hours ago, pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon said:

Just wow! That's a really impressive specimen! One thing they didn't really mention in the news article, however, from what geological layers the specimen derives, how old it is. Would you know?

from the Toarcian Whitby Mudstone Formation, ~180 ma. How do I know....I was there, that's me far right.

 

https://geocollnews.wordpress.com/2022/01/10/excavating-the-rutland-sea-dragon-the-largest-ichthyosaur-skeleton-ever-to-be-found-in-the-uk/

 

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pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

Hah! You really do seem to be present at all mayor discoveries, don't you, Darren! But, wow, what a skull! Any information on the genus yet? Temnodotosaurus sp., I presume? And who's that sitting next to you, in the middle? His face looks familiar, but I can't put my finger on it...

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55 minutes ago, DE&i said:

I was there, that's me far left.

 

Extremely cool you lucky duck!

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2 hours ago, pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon said:

Just wow! That's a really impressive specimen! One thing they didn't really mention in the news article, however, from what geological layers the specimen derives, how old it is. Would you know?

 It is almost certainly a specimen of Temnodontosaurus trigonodon, which is known almost exclusively from the Holzmaden quarries in Germany.

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That second link is priceless. I can't remember having ever read such a detailed report of an excavation :Smiling:

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2 hours ago, DE&i said:

that's me far left

 

You mean far right from our perspective, don't you? So now we know how you spent your summer holidays :P I assume you had family backing. Did Elliot and Iris get a chance to view the site?

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11 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

That second link is priceless. I can't remember having ever read such a detailed report of an excavation :Smiling:

 

I must've overlooked it. But, yeah, that looks like a very interesting read! :Smiling:

 

19 minutes ago, DE&i said:

 It is almost certainly a specimen of Temnodontosaurus trigonodon, which is known almost exclusively from the Holzmaden quarries in Germany.

 

And, indeed, I don't think I've ever heard of T. trigonodon out in the UK! Whereas over here, around where I live, it's almost exclusively the only Temnodontosaurus-species around. That's a very special find indeed! :o

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Wow!  Very interesting post!

 

RB

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2 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

 

You mean far right from our perspective, don't you? So now we know how you spent your summer holidays :P I assume you had family backing. Did Elliot and Iris get a chance to view the site?

Ah yes sorry far right, it was really was a top secret dig , so no Elliot and Iris about.

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1 hour ago, DE&i said:

it was really was a top secret dig

 

I guess you must be relieved now to be able to let the cat out of the bag.

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11 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

 

I guess you must be relieved now to be able to let the cat out of the bag.

Definitely, it was a difficult dig but an equally difficult secret to keep for so long.

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Fossildude19

Congratulations, Darren! This is awesome news!  :)

Thanks for sharing it with us here.

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15 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

Congratulations, Darren! This is awesome news!  :)

Thanks for sharing it with us here.

No problem at all.

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Wow... excellent find and adventure.  Thanks for sharing.  

 

 

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@DE&i

Darren, this will become one of the epic, classic stories in British paleontology!  I'm sure it was immensely educational.  Congratulations on your participation!

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Very cool and exciting.  Thank you for all the info.

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Darren, my good friend, I am utterly amazed, and very happy that you have added this to your list of paleontological accomplishments!

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1 hour ago, jpc said:

Wow... excellent find and adventure.  Thanks for sharing.  

 

 

Had to get it off my chest.

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31 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

@DE&i

Darren, this will become one of the epic, classic stories in British paleontology!  I'm sure it was immensely educational.  Congratulations on your participation!

Massive team effort, feel very privileged to have been asked to get involved.

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22 minutes ago, Auspex said:

Darren, my good friend, I am utterly amazed, and very happy that you have added this to your list of paleontological accomplishments!

What on Earth will be next I wonder.

 

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