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LarryS
Fabulous. They look like a set of bolts!
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Paleoworld-101

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.
 
Cheers!
 
 
Ichthy5.jpg 
 
Ichthy1.1.jpg 
 
Ichthy3.jpg 
 
Ichthy4.jpg 
 
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Koss1959
Very nice. They look to have been out a while, but still fairly fresh. They seem to have the edges rolled around a bit. When you find something like that, look at the ends of the verts. If there's calcite covering a face of the vert, it means they have recently snapped off some other verts, meaning there is likely more around. However, this calcite can also get waterworn so just because it is there, this isn't definitely that there is more still about.

As for the type of Ichthy, I couldn't help. If you take some pictures of the sides of the verts, we can see the rib attachments and then work out where abouts it came from in the animal.

It's great being told that, but knowing yourself is better. Here:

http://www.thefossilforum.com/uploads/monthly_06_2013/post-2567-0-47750000-1370545980.jpg
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Paleoworld-101

Cheers for that!
I'll try to get some side shots up soon.
 
You are right, there is calcite on one end (not pictured) and today I went back to the area that I found this looking for a matching piece. I didn't find any other verts, but instead I did find a nice piece of Ichthyosaur jaw. No teeth but still a good sized hunk from quite a large Ichthyosaur no doubt. Slight possibility it's from the same animal that the verts come from but no way of knowing for sure. Will also take some pics of this new find and put them here soon.  
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mr ammonites
Was this found within the last 50m of the "new slip" containing dump material? I was with a chap yesterday who found a nearly identical find, 3 verts from the pelvic area of a beast 4' to 6' long .
Ammonite!
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Koss1959
Pictures of that jaw please!
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Paleoworld-101

Mr ammonites- I'm not familiar with what the 'new slip' is. Is it the one from 2008?
 
Koss I have put in pics of the jaw section below. I was fairly sure it was a jaw piece but took it to Paddy Howe anyway and he confirmed it.
 
 Ichthy_jaw_1.JPG 
 
Ichthy_jaw_3.JPG 
 
 Ichthy_jaw_2.JPG 

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mr ammonites
Yep the 2008 slip, a very productive area.
Ammonite!
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Koss1959
Awesome!
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Fossil hunter
Great find,I am envious...
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Paleoworld-101
For those who enjoy in-situ pics, i just got this off my camera that i brought with me when i found those three verts on the 24th December. 

Hadn't touched them yet when i took this so they are lying as-found. 

Triple_Ichthy_Verts_As_Found.jpg 
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Koss1959
Nice! That picture makes them look huge. How big are they? Where we're they found?
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Koss1959
Ah. Maybe I should pay more attention!
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Paleoworld-101
No problem, they are not huge (whole thing is 33mm long) but could have been much smaller as well. 
Found them below the tide line which is why the sand/mud is quite wet in the pic. They were covered by the sea only an hour or so before. 

From reading some other topics i gather you were down on the beach the same days i was! 

May as well put this up, the full bone haul from the 6 days i spent in Lyme:

SAM_1326.JPG 

I know what most of these are but the one at the bottom, second from the right has me stumped. I'm sure i've seen something very similar though either on this forum or TFF. Any ideas?

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Koss1959
Post some pictures from different angles and you'll get better replies.
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Paleoworld-101
Will do when i have the specimen with me (all this stuff right now is in the post on it's way to my home in Australia, i was only on holidays to the UK). 
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