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  1. When I caught wind of @jnoun11's traveling exhibit coming to Canada, British Columbia of all places, I made sure to book it down to the Vancouver Aquarium immediately! It was the most incredible display of Moroccan fossils I have ever seen and far greater than any permanent museum galleries! Of course I spent most of the time at the mosasaur section, finally getting the chance to see the marine reptiles I work on fully reconstructed in all their glory! The best part was seeing the species of mosasaur @pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon @Praefectus and I named on display for the whole world! Such a great feeling! The skull of Hainosaurus boubker stood proud along side Thalassotitan atrox and the skeletons of Mosasaurus beaugei, Halisaurus arambourgi and Zarafasaura oceanis (plus some turtles). The murals in the back illustrated the diverse community of the phosphates in an active, warm sea environment which made you feel like you were right there swimming with them! The info boards were great and very informative with a fun "Monster Level" gimmick to show how fierce these predators where in their environments and times! Unfortunately Hain and Thalass were still under their pre-2022 names of Tylosaurus and Prognathodon anceps (plus using their smaller size estimates) which hopefully one day will be updated. I purchased a seasons pass just to revisit this display several times this summer while it is still around! Here are some photos of the mosasaur section (plus Spinosaurus) I took with my good camera!
  2. I recently watched a documentary wich stated that Dolichorhynchops had black and white colors and the female members had white spots below their eyes. How accurate is that?
  3. Hello! I found this (heavy - my back hurts!) rock containing marine reptile bones (I assume some type of plesiosaur?). It's from a cretaceous era beach deposit in the South Island of New Zealand. I was wondering if anyone has any information at all on where these bones are from in the animal? I guess the larger bone on the side of the rock is from an upper limb? I've been looking at skeletons of plesiosaurs and can't quite figure it out. It doesn't look like a vertebrae to me (I'll add a photo of a vertebrae I found in the same general area). Is there any way to even narrow it down further than just "marine reptile" bone? Thanks!
  4. Geodude

    Asfla marine reptile tooth ID

    Hello, here is a tooth from the Akrabou Formation, Asfla, Goulmima, El Rachidia, Morocco. Approximately 93.9 – 89.8 million years old. I read that several marine reptiles have been described from this location, including a pliosaurid and an elasmosaurid. Any idea which marine reptile this tooth belongs to? The scale is in cm. Thank you!
  5. nerdsforprez

    80 ft. Ichthyosaur?

    I thought I would find this story posted but I haven't seen it so here it is. Sorry if I missed something, new to the search features, etc. of the site. This is being reported on several different sites, so there are many outlets to read this story. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2426909-ancient-marine-reptile-found-on-uk-beach-may-be-the-largest-ever/ 80 ft. ichthyosaur would certainly be something, though I am sure this estimate will be tapered with time.
  6. Guest

    fish fossil

    Please help me to identify this fossil. Found in small river in mountain in West Java, Indonesia I dont know what kind of animal of this fossil & what's part? I think it's a fish skull. but what species? This fossil found together with megalodon tooth& crab fossil. Your answer is very meaningful to me. Thank you so much.
  7. North

    Table decorations.

    I desided to try couple marine reptile models. I had some troubles with first one, but I tried to fix them with the second ones. First one Following ones with more straight posture and skipped teeth. Need more practise with paint job and better color selection.
  8. M3gal0don_M4n

    Ichthyosaur vertebrae

    About 3 months ago I bought an Ichthyosaur vertebrae, and I was wondering as to whether it is real or just a strangely shaped rock. I did notice there are things that appear to be stones in the side of it, but I think that is remaining sediment. I’ll try and get more photos if this image is not clear enough.
  9. Hi everyone! A few months ago I came across a post by another user displaying their impressive collection of marine reptile bones they collected between Lyme Regis and Charmouth, U.K. I had no idea that you could have such success with bone fossils along this stretch, so I decided to take a trip and see what I could find. I had a great time and found a good amount of bone pieces, Here is what I came back with after 5 days of looking on Charmouth beach, in order of finding: Now some closer photos by type. I found 2 full Ichthyosaur vertebrae, one from the ribcage section (which I forgot to include in the overall photo), and one from the tail: One very small partial Ichthyosaur vertebra: 2 Ichthyosaur paddle digits: 2 pieces of Ichthyosaur rib bone, from very differently sized creatures! These two are harder to identify, the best guess so far is possibly part of a shoulder bone on the left and possibly a piece of Ichthyosaur jaw on the right, though they are quite rolled and thus hard to get a solid ID: A partial fossilised shark fin spine from a hybodus shark: Another unidentified and heavily worn piece of bone, perhaps from the skull of something, the man in the heritage centre seemed to think it wasn’t Ichthyosaur or plesiosaur: and finally, another unidentified piece, possibly some part of a fish? I have a separate ID post for these last 2 with videos and more photos of you have any ideas for them! All in all extremely happy with what I found, and will definitely be returning!
  10. This is a marine reptile bone that i found nearly 10 years ago between Lyme Regis and Charmouth, which is famous for its Early Jurassic marine fossils (about 195 million years old). Although it is worn there is some clear shape that should indicate what bone it is, although i have so far been unable to figure it out. Realistically, it is going to be ichthyosaur (most likely) or plesiosaur in origin. Two ovular depressions/joint surfaces are clearly visible on one side of the bone. Furthermore, the flatness of the bone is real and not just due to wear (both main faces are the edge/surface of the bone). The side with the two suspected joint surfaces is the thickest side, and it slopes down to become progressively thinner opposite to them. A paddle bone of some sort is my suspicion but i am yet to see a clear match. Any ideas? Thanks!
  11. Hi everyone! I found these at Charmouth over the weekend (Black Ven side) and just was hoping for some help with identifything them. I took them to the Heritage centre and Phil said they were likely a bone from the top of the skull of something (not sure what), and maybe a part of a fish - possibly the cheek? He suggested to post on a fossil ID Facebook group which I have done, IMG_4516.MOV IMG_4519.MOV and I thought I would also put it here too just to see if anyone has any ideas. I can add some still images of these videos are not clear enough.
  12. There wasn't a huge amount of information to go off of from what I found, so I was wondering if anyone here could help who is familiar with this material. I was not sure if the label and ID provided for this specimen was accurate or not, and the color doesn't seem to match up with the few specimens I've seen online which are more of a lighter brown to tan. Scanisaurus is maybe just used as a wastebasket term for most of what comes out of the deposit? Species: Scanisaurus nazarowi Age: Cretaceous, Campanian Formation: Kristianstad Basin Provenance: Northwest Skåne Province, Southern Sweden Just looking at the wiki, for plesiosaurids, there's Scanisaurus, cf. Elasmosaurus, and indeterminate polycotylids. Measurement is in centimeters.
  13. I bought this fragment along the road from Mahajanga to Antananarivo very close to the fossil beds where it was collected (or so I was told). I did not see it in situ. I believe we were near Berivotra. I'm curious to know which species of - presumably marine reptile - this is, and its approximate placement in the Mesozoic era. I've shared photos of this specimen with a Zurich-based expert in Triassic marine reptiles, but I've not yet heard back from him. Suggestions and questions are very welcome. Mike
  14. rocket

    plesiosaur vertebrates

    got a nice fossil on a fair a week ago and started prep. Think it is a part of the vertebrae-column of a Plesiosaur, reminds me to posterior cervical vertebrae. What do you think? Big one, total size of the nodule is 40 cm, what you see is around 30 cm upper cretaceous, morocco, "Goulmima"
  15. SteppeJim

    My Collection So Far

    Hey everyone, I'm very new to fossil hunting and collecting, but the collection is growing, and I'm really wanting to get out hunting a lot more. Iv'e looked around North wales and mostly found carboniferous fossils such as coral and also had a few trips to the east coast of England (mainly Whitby and Norfolk) but haven't had a lot of luck there yet except parts of ammonite and the odd belemnite. So anyway, my collection so far. My main interest in ice age animals, especially European and British. But also a keen interest in prehistoric marine life. Fossils so far: Steppe Bison (Bison Priscus) cranium Irish Elk (megalocerous giganteous) cranium Partial Irish Elk (megalocerous giganteous) Left Antler partial Juvenile cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) Jaw Partial Cave lion (Panthera Spelaea) Jaw Partial Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) Right side of Jaw with M2 Molar (and M3 Molar Erupting) Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) Hair sample Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) Fecal sample Woolly Rhino (Coelodonta antiquitatis) hair sample Fossiled Whale Rib bone that has been eaten by a Megalodon (Otodus Megalodon) Megalodon (Otodus Megalodon) Coprolite British Clactonian/Acheulean Bitface Flint Handaxe Lots of smaller pieces of ammonite, Belemnite, carboniferous corals and shells. But lets start off with my most recent purchase. Very happy with it! [removed seller name, as per forum rules] A Half Lower Jaw with M2 and M3 Molars of a Woolly Mammoth. Latin Name: Mammuthus primigenius Site: North Sea, ‘Doggerland’ area Age: Approximately 40.000 years old [removed seller verbiage as per forum rules]
  16. It's been a while since i posted a proper trip report, so i thought i'd show you guys the spoils from my recent trip to the Lyme Regis area in early April 2023 (collecting from the 3rd to the 9th). I spent the week intensely scouring over the foreshore for any vertebrate fossils that i could, as marine reptiles are my main interest at this particular fossil site. But i found many great invertebrate fossils as well! Especially ammonites and belemnites. These fossils are all Early Jurassic in age, about 200 to 190 million years old, and come from the Blue Lias and Charmouth Mudstone formations. Most of my collecting time was on the beach between Lyme Regis and Charmouth, but i also visited Monmouth Beach west of Lyme Regis, which spectacularly showcases literally thousands of ammonites embedded within the shore platforms. This trip was my 6th to Lyme Regis overall, so i was hoping to find some vertebrate specimens that i hadn't yet found on previous trips. And things proved very successful! Despite the large amount of people on the beach over the Easter break. Firstly, some shots of the beautiful coastline. It really is an amazing place to collect. This is the beach immediately east of Lyme Regis, looking out at Church Cliffs, the Spittles, and Black Ven. This is midway between Lyme Regis and Charmouth, looking east towards Charmouth. A closer view looking towards Charmouth. This is the famous "ammonite pavement" at Monmouth Beach, west of Lyme Regis, where thousands of ammonites can be observed in the shore platform. This Mary Anning statue has recently been erected near the beach access point east of Lyme Regis (within the last year i believe). People were leaving both flowers and fossils here which is lovely. Now to the fossil finds! Including some "as found" pics of fossils lying on the beach, before i picked them up. Starting with a nice section of marine reptile rib. I suspect this is plesiosaur rather than ichthyosaur. The end of some kind of marine reptile limb or phalange. Possibly the end of a plesiosaur phalanx. This is the bottom half of an ichthyosaur humerus. I've drawn the approximate shape of the part that is missing. A small piece of ichthyosaur rib. This is a new one for me. A fragment of hybodontid shark dorsal spine. Although it is just a piece, these are relatively rare on this coast. Perhaps the quintessential marine reptile bone from this coastline, an ichthyosaur vertebra! As found on the beach and then in my hand. Finding these never gets old. This is the top of an ichthyosaur femur. The natural cross section of the bone shaft preserves amazing detail of its growth rings! A small fragment of ichthyosaur jaw, with several rounded cross sections of worn teeth. Something else i had yet to find from this area: marine reptile coprolites! One is quite beach worn, while the other is rather 'fresh'. No pun intended. As-found pictures of marine reptile bone chunks sitting on the beach. Here's a final summary of all the vertebrate finds from the trip. For a weeks worth of searching i'm very happy with this lot! And of course, the invertebrates! I particularly loved some of the larger ammonites, although carrying them off the beach would require a team of people! And these definitely wouldn't fit in my suitcase returning to Australia... A lovely belemnite. This one is a nautilus! Finally, something i wasn't expecting to find. This is a small crustacean from the Upper Greensand (Cretaceous rather than Jurassic). Overall it was a fantastic trip! And i'm looking forward to returning whenever i can. Thanks for checking out this report
  17. ThePhysicist

    Coniasaurus crassidens

    From the album: Post Oak Creek

    When I initially found this I was hoping it was Mosasaurid, however upon some reading, I decided it's more likely to be a sister group squamate. In particular, the labial sulcus convinced me it is probably C. crassidens (see Caldwell 1999). It is however much larger than any Coniasaurus teeth I've seen published.
  18. ThePhysicist

    Coniasaurus crassidens tooth

    From the album: Squamates

    When I initially found this I was hoping it was Mosasaurid, however upon some reading, I decided it's more likely to be a sister group squamate. In particular, the labial sulcus convinced me it is probably C. crassidens (see Caldwell 1999). It is however much larger than any Coniasaurus teeth I've seen published.
  19. Is it possible to identify different marine reptiles by bone structure of ribs? I have got one for a short time to include in a paper. It is a rib, marine environment. I would assume it is a marine reptile or perhaps a huge fish (like the Xiph). Comes from upper cretaceous, Santonian. Lenght is approx. 9 cm, looks not compressed, other dimension is 3 2,5x1 cm. Brown bone substance with good internal structure. What do you think? Perhaps it is possible to identify, this would help. thanks
  20. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    Marine reptile tooth ID Lyme Regis

    Hi all, Bought this tooth online a while back. It was sold to me as "Ichthyosaurus platyodon" (which I understand to mean Temnodontosaurus platyodon) from Lyme Regis. Likely found by the seller themselves, as I know they occasionally collect fossils there. However, for the following reasons, I'm not sure about this attribution: Overall, the tooth doesn't look like your typical ichthyosaur tooth to me: It has more of an oval rather than round cross-section It's labolingually flattened Messial and distal carinae run the full length of the crown and divide the tooth into labial and lingual parts While fine striations can be seen on one side of the tooth (presumably the lingual side), the other side (which would be the labial) seems entirely smooth - though some traces of rare striations can be seen on the photographs The striations are much more similar to those of crocodile or pliosaur teeth than to the plicidentine condition so typical of ichthyosaurs The horizontal banding on the tooth surface is unfamiliar to me with respect to most marine reptile teeth I have seen, but occurs much more frequently on crocodile teeth of various species I also bought another tooth with the same attribution from the seller, more or less around the same time. This one has no striations whatsoever, has a more rounded base, is less flattened and has a more rounded tip. It also has carinae. I therefore reclassified it as a probable Goniopholis sp. crocodile tooth. Now I know that not having the root makes it more difficult to identify this particular specimen, but I was hoping someone on this forum might be able to help me, as currently it goes without label. I've considered crocodile, plesiosaur and even pliosaur, but all of these have some reservations that prevent final classification. For one, none of these groups have teeth that are typically flattened like this, nor do plesiosaurs (sensu lato, thus including pliosaurs) have carinae. Crocodiles, then again, would either have or not have striations all around the tooth. And what to make of the banding: is this just preservational, or does it reflect the internal structure of the tooth - i.e. outcome of the tooth's ontological growth? Tooth measures 18 mm and is missing the tip. Thanks in advance for your help!
  21. This skull is 24cm in length, it's from Yunnan of China, Any idea if it belongs to a marine reptile, not icthyosaur? And if it's a complete skull?
  22. JoshuaC

    Marine reptile fossils?

    Hi everyone, I recently took over a collection of fossils from an estate. I think these are marine reptiles, but I'm not sure which species. The labels that had localities were lost by the time I got them. The one without a head is about 43 cm. The other is about 35 cm. Any help on species or where they may have come from is appreciated!
  23. Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me ID this possible reptilian bone? I found it at a late Cretaceous beach site in the South Island of New Zealand, often rich with marine reptilian fossils. It looks like there is a lot of holes where there used to be calcite? and is well water-worn.
  24. Hello together, its been some time since I posted a model, and there are quite a few unfinished ones in the making. realizing how small Atopodentatus' iconic head was in relation to its body, I decided to rather try and print a lifesize skull than a complete downscaled skeleton. Morphing recent species' skulls has the advantage that you get anatomically looking detail, although on the other hand it is wrong detail. So I would much appreciate feedback when you spot something particularly wrong. @pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon? And Atopodentatus took some morphing. Here is how far I got: Best Regards, J
  25. Hello, everyone - I found this in a creek in Texas this morning. Initially I thought it was a large tooth, but on closer inspection, it seems like it might be a fossilized palate? With three rows of small teeth? Very odd, but I'm sure one of you will have a simple answer. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Specifics: Solid rock. Seems to be fossilized. Not a modern bone. 6.75" "Long", 3.25" "Wide" and 1.5" "Thick." In this particular creek I've found several Mosasaur (or marine reptile of some sort) vertebrae. Modern bones. Two arrowheads and a spear point. A rock fishing net weight. And innumerable Exogyra fossils. Lots of smaller, fossilized "snail" shells and clams. Nautilus chambers and small pieces of (and whole) Ammonites.
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