Hi again it seems im finding two bones of a marine reptile a week coming up from a clay pit where I work in peterborough . Did any one manage to view my last post of some pics of my bone find a couple of days ago. Here's two more I found today . I've some questions if someone could help me please .
1 My collection is starting to grow and still have know idea what they are . What would be the best way to clean the bones up would soaking them in warm water be ok to loosen all the hard clay off.
2 Is there a bone reference I could refer to as to help me identify the bones . Especially as my local museum is closed for renovation .
3 And what would be a prefered back ground to photo my finds for a clear picture.
I'm planing to come down to the London History Museum on may the 3rd and bring some finds with me .
All the best Darren Withers / Elliot Withers .
My name is Craig the head of kettering amateur fossil hunters and i think i can help you.
In your 1st pictures and last picture
ive found some of theses only to weeks ago at Kings Dyke have posted some of my pictures on my site www.kafh.co.uk
Thanks to everyone who's had a look and commented on this enquiry.
Dinosaur expert Dr Paul Barrett has had a look at your pictures and reckons the first specimen might be a dinosaur tail bone. The second photo he thought looked more like an ichthyosaur paddle bone than a plesiosaur paddle bone.
I think A descriptive catalogue of the Marine Reptiles of the Oxford Clay might be a good reference book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Descriptive-Catalogue-Marine-Reptiles-Oxford/dp/0543941086 and more generally the Palaeontological Association Guide to Fossils of the Oxford Clay will be useful for anyone working on the Oxford Clay.