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ynot

I think it is more than a few hours on this.

The bones should be uncovered and jacketed to keep them in place. This takes a lot of time.

 

 

Nice find and good luck.

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Heteromorph

More vert pics.

 

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Heteromorph

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Ramon

:popcorn:

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JohnJ

Could be a visit to Mike in your future....  :D

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4 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

Could be a visit to Mike in your future....  :D

Saw him on Wednesday at the DPS meeting. Nice guy. Had no idea I would come upon this today (yesterday).

 

It’s 1:05 a.m., and progress:

 

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Heteromorph

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Trash can lid & substandard tools = success!

 

2:52 a.m.

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In the car and coming home! 3:08 a.m.

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Uncle Siphuncle

That’s killer.  Looks bigger than Coniasaur.  Hope you get a skull in there somewhere.

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RJB

  Very interesting but me thinks you may have attacked this too eagerly.   The best of luck though. 

 

RB

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Heteromorph

Whether it wise or not, the reason why I was so eager to get this out last night was first because the site is occasionally hunted by other folks. I wouldn’t call it a well known site, but known enough that a guy from Houston and his kids came to the site to hunt while we were there. So I wanted to extract all the visible bones before someone else came upon them. Secondly, a huge storm was coming through and hit just after we left, and since I had already exposed some delicate ribs on the block I wanted to get it out of there before it got pummeled with heavy rain. 

 

Also, I don’t really have any buddies who I could call upon to come out in a few days and help make a proper plaster jacket with me. My excavation crew consists of me, my parents, and occasionally Keith Minor if he happens not to be busy, which is rare. 

 

I may have erred by getting out the block with exposed bones, but I do think more of the skeleton is there. If I am not mistaken, these look like caudal vertebrae to me and that might mean that more of the skeleton, including the skull, is still buried in the chalky marl ahead. I saw no sign that material was weathering out towards where the head might be, which might either be a bad indicating that nothing is there, or it might be still buried. 

 

In any event, I will try to post some pictures soon (maybe today?) of the verts on the ID forum. 

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Uncle Siphuncle

I too hate leaving things to chance.  A bird in the hand...

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JarrodB

Small mosasuar for sure. Congrats. I think you'll find more when you go back. Looks like that area is getting rain so I think you did the right thing getting what you could. 

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JohnJ

Salvage operations ahead of weather or less thoughtful collection are sometimes the only reasonable option.  I think you made the right choice last night.  Good job.

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MeargleSchmeargl

Any new pics?

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Heteromorph
6 hours ago, MeargleSchmeargl said:

Any new pics?

Soon, hopefully tomorrow. The dust inhalation, over exertion, and staying up 22 hours straight resulted in my immune system crying foul, and as such a cold has befallen me. Coughing, stuffiness, fever, chills, the works. 

 

But, I can report that the rock was taken out of the car and placed into the house! So no current danger there. But next time, a plaster jacket will be a big part of the operation.

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smt126

I would have probably done the same if I was in your shoes. Hope you find more in there.

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