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Nov 5, 2012 9:45 AM

vertebrae section

This fossil was found in the sandstone cliffs at Whitecliff Bay on the Isle of White. Please can you help us identify it? It looks like a section of vertebrae but what from?  The piece is roughly 4 inches long.

 

This is just one of several finds the rest of which are on our facebook page http://goo.gl/6DkPf

 

Many thanks

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    Nov 26, 2012 12:38 PM (in response to CREST_Star)
    Re: vertebrae section

    That's a lovely find, Crest Star! Well done!

     

    I'm not very good with bone material, but I suspect this is part of a marine reptile paddle bone (don't quite me on it! lol). Depending upon which bed it came from, there's also the outside possibility that it could be some kind of turtle remains.

     

    Can anyone else help???

     

    Gethin

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    Mar 6, 2013 7:55 PM (in response to CREST_Star)
    Re: vertebrae section

    this looks very much like part of a turtle scute to me

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    Mar 7, 2013 5:51 PM (in response to CREST_Star)
    Re: vertebrae section

    What you have there is part of a fossilised Mud Turtle shell. Trionyx to be precise. Judging by the locality it was found at it most probably is of Oligocene age around 30 Mya . At this time the Island was part of an Estuary/Swamp filled with Crocs and turtles. Finding a fossil like this at Whitecliff is fairly lucky so well done!

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