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No worries. 
An ichthyosaur exoccipital sounds very interesting and nice find.
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snowyandtintin
Amongst a nice crop of fossil specimens found at Ringstead Bay yesterday and today (after Thursday night's storms) I found this in the Kimmeridge Clay, close to the Ringstead Coral Bed.
It looks like a very crushed vertebra or phalange but I'm wondering if Thecosmilia annularis is more befitting? 
Anyone have any idea? Any help appreciated.
Steve
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Fossil hunter
Hi,
Thanks for sharing your interesting find.
Does it have a honey comb structure on close up? The shape does resemble a plesiosaur vertebrae.
Is the upper half missing? Another view and close up picture might help with the ID but I would leave that to the other members on the forum who has far more experience with marine reptile material.
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snowyandtintin
Hi Dave
Only last night, the bone was positively identified and verified as an ichthyosaur exoccipital (part of the brain case) which I'm pleased about, as reptile bone is not a common find at Ringstead Bay in the Kimmeridge Clay. Just a pity that the rest of the skull wasn't there as well!
I was down there again today- always worth a look. :)
Steve

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snowyandtintin
Apologies but quite why I called you Dave, I'll never know but if I'm right I'm clearly psychic!
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