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Odin The Aardvark
Hello, and thanks in advance for your feedback.

Mrs Aardvark and I were fossil hunting on Seatown beach on Monday, towards Golden Cap, and along with the usual belemnite, ammonite and crinoid fragments, we found this very worn specimen (shown with £1 coin, for scale).

Could it possibly be something interesting - a vertebra perhaps? Of course, it might be nothing, but keeping our fingers crossed here.

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LiamL
It's certainly a vertebra, most likley from an Ichthyosaur. Nice find.
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Brittle Star
If you could carefully clean it up a bit it would look a lot better and maybe give you a better identification
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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prep01
Hello 'Odin' and welcome to he forum. I'm afraid this isn't a fossil but (I'm pretty certain) an old piece of rusty metal, part of a ship's (or boat's coz it's small) rigging. Better luck next time
Colin Huller
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Rolo
does look like a rolled ichthy vert to me, can you wet it and post some similar pics? It's easier to see the structure of bone if it's wet, might clinch the ID one way or the other
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MartynH
Hi - I agree that this is bone as you can see the trabeculae - you should be able to remove the matrix to get a better idea of the shape and ID.
Martyn H
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Odin The Aardvark
Many thanks for all your thoughtful replies.

It certainly does not look (or taste!) metallic. We shall have a go at cleaning it up at the weekend - any pointers gratefully received, as we're new to this.

Here are a couple more close up pics. Obviously they won't help in identifying the species, if it is indeed a fossil, but they might at least help to identify whether it is bony in origin. Click image for larger version - Name: P1000082cu.jpg, Views: 50, Size: 182.90 KB Click image for larger version - Name: P1000082s.jpg, Views: 49, Size: 148.04 KB
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prep01
Sorry, I forgot to post 2 tweaked photos! Image3.jpg 


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I have been cought out before!
Colin Huller
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ThomasM
Yeah it's 100% an ichthy vert, no doubt about it, nice find
Thomas

If you don't look, you won't find.
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cinders
I would take it into a museum, perhaps the Oxford University Museum where they have a vertebrate specialist. That would at least clear up if it's bone or not-bone! Difficult to see if it's got enough of a depression on both sides to be ichthyosaur. Could it be plesiosaur? Perhaps try carefully taking out some of the matrix with vinegar?
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MrPolly
cinders wrote:
I would take it into a museum, perhaps the Oxford University Museum where they have a vertebrate specialist. That would at least clear up if it's bone or not-bone! Difficult to see if it's got enough of a depression on both sides to be ichthyosaur. Could it be plesiosaur? Perhaps try carefully taking out some of the matrix with vinegar?


Nothing to clear yp, it is 100% an ichthyosaur vert!
Cheers,

Mr P.
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andrasz
Second MrPolly
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