Just wanted to share one of my most recent finds, a set of 3 articulated Ichthyosaur vertebrae from Charmouth beach and ask about a possible species ID and bone position. I found this on the 24th of December 2014 on the Charmouth side of Black Ven. The preservation is beautiful with not a single area of wear or damage. It's good enough that it almost looks fake or at the least prepped but it was picked up straight off the beach like this. Personally it's my favourite fossil that I've ever found so am very happy to have gotten so lucky.
Is it possible to ID the species of Ichthyosaur that these verts belong to? I presume it is Ichthyosaurus, but is there a way to tell if it is I. communis or I. intermedius? If it is of any indication, each vert is strongly hexagonal in shape whilst a single vert I pulled from the slip the previous day (on the 23rd) also in crisp condition was circular to oval shaped with no distinct 'corners' like this one has.
Also can the exact bone position be determined? There are visible rib attachments on both sides of each vertebra (one side seen in picture 4) so that narrows it down a bit.
I went back to the area where I found these on Christmas day to see if there was any more from the same animal lying around but I couldn't see anything else. The fact that they are so pristine makes me think they must have only just come out of the cliff or bedrock very recently.