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nesslauncher
went to stewartby bank ho;iday monday photographed the remains of the brickworks and collected some ammonites from the boulders around stewartby lake
went to the hanson offices to see about access to quest pit it is all boarded up  so no joy there

 rookery north is a good site but off limits except for perimeter footpaths
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nesslauncher
from stewartby bedfordshire one of the old brickpits was protruding from base of cliff by a tree
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nesslauncher
pelvis.jpg from the old brickpits near stewartby it is covered in fine layer of very hard pyrite this piece wa sfound at base of ledge by a tree and was hard work to get out sadly nothing else was found
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nesslauncher
all held together with plaster of paris and timber batons as fibreglass wasnt strong enough sneaky tip mix the plaster with cat litter it sets real hard
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AMARSH
Wow, that's a belter! Did you find it recently? D'you you find much other vert material locally?
 

Andrew
Andrew Marsh
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ophthalmosaur
Hi Nesslauncher

An absolutely superb fossil you've found there. Well done to find it and extract it in so complete a form when mounted. Amazingly undistorted and complete.  Its the shoulder girdle i.e. scapula and both coracoids of a plesiosaur. Looks similar to Cryptoclidus. Could you please post more photos from different angles and give the dimensions? Did the drag line remove the rest or is there a possibility of there being more of it under the overburden?

thanks for posting

Paul


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Olenus
What a find! I bet you were well pleased that day. Well done !
Lee
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ThomasM
That is very nice, well done with the reconstruction too.

Thomas

If you don't look, you won't find.
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woodlice
Very nice and i can see why you thought pelvis thats what i would have thought.
what goes around comes around!
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spider
Stunning ! Very nice find ! well done ! and great work on the reconstruction !
Have a nice day :0)
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nesslauncher
its height is 19 inches and width is 19.5 i never really thought of it as the front section
sadly their was nothing else i returned the next day to look

the pit was taken out of use in the late 60,s i think

i have two other partial skeletons from same site which are slowly being repaired one of which was in the lake and had to be removed by building a dam and bailing the water out the site is now under new ownership and when i returned their in 1998 was not so politely told to get lost hmmm

the big piece was found in feb 1997 the clay is easier to work when winter has softened it up even though its freezing cold the last find was three pieces of jawbone complete with teeth

 only two pieces of ichthyosaur were found a limb bone and a broken vertebrae

one of the good finds was a large rib head

plesiosaur humeruses turned up quite a lot mostly broken though

the lake was drained in 1998 and was able too find more remains on quarry floor a badly weathered small plesiosaur no more than 20 pieces of it

 
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ophthalmosaur
well done recovering all those finds that would have been lost to the elements and in spite of being discouraged. The size matches Cryptoclidus oxoniensis. The other finds sound very interesting. The limb bones always seem to be broken through the middle somewhere, as you say. Were the coracoids from the shelly layer (I ask because of the thin pyrite covering)? Interesting the predominance of plesiosaurs.

would love to see more photos

Paul

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nesslauncher
yes was from the shelly layer the scapula has a small oyster like shell on it and the remains of some bivalves the layer itself is only some 3 inches deep i will try to post more pics once i resize them have just put one of the missing pieces back on the scapula
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nesslauncher
metr_2.jpg the crocodile from brogborough this was lying on the surface found easter sunday 1997 it had been repeatedly driven over by earth mover and was very badly damaged initially though to be ichthyosaur as it was such a mess
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ThomasM
Wow, that looks spectacular, how large is it, as I can't tell as the photo is so small?

Thomas

If you don't look, you won't find.
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nesslauncher
2.5 ft weight 5 kilos will try to get a better pic up made that too smallCry
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ophthalmosaur
another great find! How long is the skull and any idea of the species? Were there any teeth present. That must have been in a great many pieces - you've done an amazing job putting it back together.

Interesting about the bivalves. I guess that shows which side was exposed on the sea floor for a while. I have one Ophthalmosaurus vert block from the Kosmoceras jason sub zone which appears to have brachiopods attached. One wonders if the sea became shallower for a period during that time.

Paul



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nesslauncher
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nesslauncher
i like to think its metriorhynchus some teeth were present but they arent very good just smooth black teeth removed from the upper jaw
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Bow1980
Amazing finds, please feel free to post some more photos Clap
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ophthalmosaur

thanks for posting the better photo. It does look like metriorhynchus as you say. How many pieces was it in? Were there any pieces of the sclerotic ring?

Paul


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spider
Awsome Thumbs Up
Have a nice day :0)
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AMARSH
Wow! Amazing stuff. I have a metryorhyncus tooth from Quest pit - given to me by Chris Andrews several years ago. Unfortunately all the Oxford Clay pits round here have closed down now so nowhere to look Cry
 

Do you live locally?

 

Andrew
Andrew Marsh
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dinogary
fantastic finds  thanks for showing them Thumbs Up
Growing old is compulsory, Growing up is optional!
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nesslauncher
quest pit can be accessed now permission has to be sought from the brick company in stewartby not sure if allowed to mention company name so there was this obscure group from america that did a song called mmm bop  i think the group was called HANSON or something
 the brick co still has offices open and i looked up the site review and they allow limited access
the site is deteriorating a bit i took some photos there when it was a working site

i am not far from dunstable and rarely get to the clay pits nowadays as sold car
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Johnny
Great finds Nesslauncher, thanks for putting them on for us to see! (even if I have gone a bit green with envy!)
Mud glorious mud.
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DorsetJack
http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:k3sv40Pywb4J:www.bedfordshiregeologygroup.org.uk/sites/Quest%2520Pit.pdf+hanson+quest+pit&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShCX2bLkIocbREeEDlLuv0zqLaHVXiMc0vZ0-awi9xP1R1LD3xcsAsPLkWXnLhtpT-lgWtk7giBRTq2ZYy4dlcAuV4LgzP-MM-ZgI_IuKDeeNGDBjjyLLDZJHdlLUkFPu-cD6J4&sig=AHIEtbT-DEEFDLP2CdIYLxQuwbnUZ5zkqg
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