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Hi all,

Another trip to Speeton in Yorkshire and another mystery to solve! I found this in the clay and thought it could be fish vertebrae? In addition to the line of them, there are others dotted all over the piece, including on the back. Some appear better preserved than others. I’ve uploaded a few photos but the potential verts are very tiny so my phone camera has struggled a little. Hope the photos give enough detail. I’ve provided end on views of a couple of them too. I’ve also started to uncover a fragmented brownish layer next to another vert. Could this be bone too, or scales? It’s very fragmentary. There also appears to be fragments of other bone too but they are so tiny you can barely see them.

And if it’s not fish, what could it be? Some type of coral or plant?


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Brittle Star

You may gave some crinoid in there. I am afraid the photos are not clear enough to say for sure if any vertebra there. Someone else may be more familiar with the location.

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Nice find! Yes, you do have verts and bits of bone, but I can't tell you any more on that score I' afraid. You do also have at least one crinoid ossicle - the disc with a hole in the centre. I'm not familiar with the Speeton clay but if you search for "Friends of the Speeton clay" I'm sure you will get help.
Colin Huller
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