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Is this an ichthyosaur vertebra?

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I recently found this large vertebra lying in the silt at the edge of a recently excavated lake near Cambridge, UK. I thought it might be from an ichthyosaur, but am unsure because I am very new to this, and it seems far larger than others I have seen at 11cm/4.5inch diameter. Could anyone tell me for sure what this is?

 

Many thanks

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TqB

Yes, it's an ichthyosaur vertebral centrum, and a nice big one! Great find. :)

 

Welcome to the forum!

 

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Bobby Rico

Nice find 

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Carl

Get back to that lake excavation!

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Max-fossils

That's a great find! I agree with Carl above me, go back to that lake and try to see if you can find some more bones from this animal, there's a high chance they're closeby!!!

And welcome to the forum :) 

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IccyBone

Thank you so much for the help guys:)

I'll definitely see if I can find some more tomorrow.

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Mark Kmiecik
1 hour ago, Carl said:

Get back to that lake excavation!

Don't walk, run!

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RandyB

Veey cool find, and best of luck finding more

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IccyBone
13 hours ago, IccyBone said:

 

I went back in daylight and there are quite literally thousands of bone fragments, ammonites and belemnites as well as a couple of partial skeletons like this. Should I call an expert for this?

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Carl

Whoa... If that is a bone you might want to alert the nearest museum and get some professionals in there. Exciting!

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paulgdls

Hello I'm in Swindon too. That is almost certainly a Brachypterygius ichthyosaur vertebra from the base of the tail and from the Kimmeridgian age (150 mya). An exciting find, especially given that there is more on site. I've sent you a pm.

 

Paul

 

 

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