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longbow.1

Yeah the tides are bit off on Sat/Sun but we are staying till Thursday so they pick up after the weekend. yay!!!!

As long as we can get on the beaches and have a mooch we dont care, just nice to be back in Lyme Regis love the whole area. Also I am getting my Balanocrinus block back on Wednesday so double excitment. I will post some pic's when I get it home, I have been told there are a couple of heads on it so fingers crossed it is a corker......:-)  

Where are you Ichthyosaur.

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longbow.1

Made a start on my first Plesi verts from Golden Cap from last summer, the matrix comes off with a knife so nice easy prep. My hand gets a bit sore after a while though :-) as people will notice there are clean fresh breaks at each end. We did go back a number of time and scoured the area but could not find any more whilst we where on holiday. Maybe they will turn up next week when we come back. (wishfull thinking hahahaha!!!!!)
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Dirty Pete
Great find Longbow.
Still looking for my first bit of bone from that neck of the woods. Any idea which formation it came from, Green ammonite beds??
Cheers,
Pete
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longbow.1

Hi Pete
Ta, I am not sure which bed it comes from to be honest, still learning what is what down there. Probably one of the experts on here will recognise the matrix and let us know. I picked it up off the top of the mud bank, looked like it had only just dropped out. 
I was lucky, as we walked to where it was found a couple had gone over the same area a couple of mins before me, but missed what it was. Think they where newbies and had a mind set on ammos, lucky me.
 

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aurelius
Very nice find - to be fair to the other couple, vertebrate material is very rare at Golden Cap, and Plesi material many times more rare again, so perhaps they just weren't expecting to find any!

If the matrix is the green ammonite clay, then it would simply fall away from the fossil if you soak it in water. It looks harder to me though, from the pictures. 
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Koss1959
Really nice find, congratulations. I'd love to find a nice plesi vert with all the neural processes in place.
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longbow.1

Hi Aurelius
 
Ahh right I did not know they where that rare a find at the cap, still learning. :-) Have to do some more reading up methinks before the weekends visit.
 
The matrix did fall away easily in some spots, but some is a little bit more stubborn, comes off easily enough with a knife though.
 
Gary
 

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aurelius
You might find it gets harder the further in you go - in which case I would guess it is a green ammonite nodule, but that is just a guess. It could be from higher up the cliff. Whatever it is, it's an amazing find! We have only ever found three verts (all Ichthyosaur) at Golden Cap in two years.
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Dirty Pete
Here's a link to a partial one in Bridport museum found at the base of Golden Cap.
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Koss1959
Dirty Pete wrote:
Here's a link to a partial one in Bridport museum found at the base of Golden Cap.


If I found that, I'd be very annoyed if it got displayed like that. It looks terrible.
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aurelius
Looks like it's been mounted in blu-tac.
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longbow.1
I wonder if I put my vert in place and produce the rest of the plesi in Blue Tac. hehehehehehe
I am so gutted no other part turned up whilst I was there, hey ho the joys of fossil hunting.
Can't wait to get back this weekend.  
 

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DorsetJack
longbow.1 wrote:
I wonder if I put my vert in place and produce the rest of the plesi in Blue Tac. hehehehehehe
I am so gutted no other part turned up whilst I was there, hey ho the joys of fossil hunting.
Can't wait to get back this weekend.  
 


Tides aren't the best this weekend...
Times are not great and levels are poor...
The one thing you will get from breaking rocks with a hammer is a lot of broken rocks...
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