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devonjem
Hello

Found this recently at Charmouth - possible Ichthyosaur skull?  Thanks

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Rolo
WOW!! That's a spectacular find.[smile]
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YVIE
Nice find
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Crann
Wow, looks very interesting, looks like verts in last pic but there's a lot of bones in there so hard to tell, interesting to say the least.
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MrPolly
Definitely Ichthyosaur skull, a great find!
Cheers,

Mr P.
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brym
Brilliant find, bit of a car crash though. Could they be eye sockets in the first photo? Apparently it was common for Ichy's to dive head first into the mud on death, being top heavy. The rest of the bones ended up in a pile after decomposition.

Brian
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Vert Finder
Those aren't eye sockets, Brym. I had to look this one up, but according to the Orange Bible they're called temporal vacuities.
Thanks, VF
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prep01
Well, what can I say?
Colin Huller
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mr ammonites
Congratulations Devon Gem and I'm loving the detail Vert Finder!

Ammonite!
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s.c.
Wow, superb find!
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old biddy
Excellent find, I am jealous!
old biddy
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Bow1980
Congrats that's going to be a stunner.. Get a professional to prep it for you
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rockelf
Superb - hope to see it when it is prepped!
The good thing about bones is they never run away
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Unregistered
Thanks for the comments - I could not believe it when I saw it half buried in the sand.  Definitely my best find so far.  I have some prepping equipment but I am not going to try this one, so I will look for someone who can handle this type of prep.
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devonjem
I just replied without logging in - so this might be a duplicate post.

Thanks for the comments - I was amazed to find it half buried in the sand.  Definitely my best find so far.  I have some prepping equipment but will not try it out on this one - I will look for someone who can handle this kind of prep work.  Cheers.
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Crann
devonjem wrote:
I just replied without logging in - so this might be a duplicate post.

Thanks for the comments - I was amazed to find it half buried in the sand.  Definitely my best find so far.  I have some prepping equipment but will not try it out on this one - I will look for someone who can handle this kind of prep work.  Cheers.


Keep us informed jem, found a few Ichthyosaur parts but skull would be amazing !
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MrPolly
DevonJem, it looks like there's a lot of pyrite in there, so I definitely think it might be worth getting a pro to take a look at it! 
Cheers,

Mr P.
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devonjem
I sent it out today for professional cleaning as it is well beyond my own ability.  It will require a combination of mechanical prep and acid prep.  I'll post some pictures once it comes back.
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Crann
devonjem wrote:
I sent it out today for professional cleaning as it is well beyond my own ability.  It will require a combination of mechanical prep and acid prep.  I'll post some pictures once it comes back.


Awesome... Any idea on time and price ?

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boneblock
Brilliant find. I'd be surprised if that doesn't turn out to be quite special. Looks 3d. Yeah those are muscle pits which are sometimes mistaken for eyes
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devonjem
Yes it looks 3D.  Here is a side photo.  The lower jaw bones are underneath next to the carpet.

Crann - not sure how long it will take.  As for price - well its difficult to assess how much work will be needed until they have an idea as to how easy the matrix comes away.  Once they know that then the cost will become a little clearer.

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Crann
devonjem wrote:
Yes it looks 3D.  Here is a side photo.  The lower jaw bones are underneath next to the carpet.

Crann - not sure how long it will take.  As for price - well its difficult to assess how much work will be needed until they have an idea as to how easy the matrix comes away.  Once they know that then the cost will become a little clearer.

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Pretty special piece... please please keep us posted !
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boneblock
Yep, thats going to be an amazing piece:-)
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Fossil Shrews?
Wow 👍 well done, that's awesome.
Andy

Don't buy it .....find your own - it's worth so much more!
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Darren C
would love to see that when its finished.

amazing
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devonjem
Here it is after some mechanical and acid prep.  Some nice detail has emerged.

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Crann
devonjem wrote:
Here it is after some mechanical and acid prep.  Some nice detail has emerged.

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Looks cool, expensive to have prepped ?
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devonjem
Crann - about £100.  Done by Mark & Richard Hawkes at Stone Treasures.
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Crann
devonjem wrote:
Crann - about £100.  Done by Mark & Richard Hawkes at Stone Treasures.


Not bad at all...
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devonjem
Here is the skull with a piece of its jaw found by a friend and now reattached.

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Tigerbalm
Awesome find and prep!
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Tigerbalm
Thanks for that Rob I’m aware of when the post was started by the dates... was merely showing appreciation to his most recent addition 1 hr previous.
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Crann
Tigerbalm wrote:
Thanks for that Rob I’m aware of when the post was started by the dates... was merely showing appreciation to his most recent addition 1 hr previous.


👍
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LiamL
Stunning! Lots even better now, thanks for sharing. 
Couldnt the skull be prepped any further?
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Elbert
Hello, impressive find!
I notice that the eyes are very large considering the size of the skull; is this a juvenal specimen or a deep sea species?

greetings, Bert
the search is as valuable as the finds...
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LiamL
The original poster updated the thread one day ago with an additional picture of a jaw section on the skull.
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