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Snake Vertebrae from the Eocene Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia


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MarcoSr

The assistant curator of paleontology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History is researching squamates, which includes snakes, from the Eocene Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia.  A couple of friends and I have given him recently a large number of snake vertebrae, mostly from the sea snakes Palaeophis casei and  Palaeophis toliapicus, from the Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia, to support his research.  We will donate the specimens needed for his research.

 

He is definitely interested in my large Palaeophis sp. vertebra in the below pictures:

 

 

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I also gave him the snake vertebrae in the below pictures.  When I first started finding the sea snake vertebrae in the Nanjemoy Formation, I put them in gem jars in gem jar displays.  However, I found so many, that I also then began to put them in just baggies.

 

 

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I also gave some odd ball specimens, which I believe were lizard vertebrae and a snake tooth.

 

Marco Sr.

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Fossildude19

Thanks for furthering his studies, Marco!  :)    :i_am_so_happy:

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marco... PM me the researcher's name, please.  I have some from the Bridger Fm that might interest him.

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2 hours ago, jpc said:

marco... PM me the researcher's name, please.  I have some from the Bridger Fm that might interest him.

 

Jean-Pierre

 

When I tried to PM you, I received the below error message.  So I e-mailed you with the information.

 

 

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Marco Sr.

 

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guess my PM is full.  I'll deal with it another day.  Thanks for the heads up. 

 

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I'd assume it's Adam Pritchard

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MarcoSr

As a quick update to this thread, I just received the below information in an e-mail from Dr. Adam Pritchard:

 

 

"I have taken a look at only a few of your specimens. The giant is absolutely incredible, comparable to some of the largest palaeophiids I have ever seen. Most of the really, really giant ones come from northern Africa, and I would say this matches them in most dimensions. Some of the other specimens are impressive, too!
 
It will take me a while to assess which specimens we hold onto and which ones I will return to you. ............... No matter what, I will keep you posted."

 

 

Marco Sr.

 

 

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