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May 28, 2012 6:02 PM

Dinosaur fossil?

We found this washed up on the coast of Whitby, can you identify it please, It looks like a large vertebrae and is greyish red in colour!DSCF1850.JPG

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    Jan 17, 2014 6:05 PM (in response to kimmy)
    Re: Dinosaur fossil?

    I think it's a plesiosaur vertebrae.  They are Much rarer than ichthyosaur fossils in that area.

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    Jan 18, 2014 9:56 PM (in response to kimmy)
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    I think Dans right with vertebrae but i think the block is made up of two specimens, could be very big Ichthyosaurus vert's

    Well done, a special find.

     

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    Jan 19, 2014 9:17 PM (in response to kimmy)
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    Hi Kimmy

    Your specimen looks to be reasonably fresh from the cliff and not very water rolled, did you have a look for some more of the animal?

    Remember were you found it because there will be more of it nearby.

     

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      Jan 19, 2014 10:36 PM (in response to Tabfish)
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      I recon the bones will prepair but you will have to take it to a fossil preparitor, there are a few in Whitby.

      It will unfortunately cost money to have it 'done' but in return you will have a fantastic specimen, also the preparitor would probably put a name to it, tell you if it was a upper or lower lias specimen, how big it was aprox and lot's more imformation about vertebrae animals of the Yorkshire coast.

       

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        Jan 20, 2014 7:04 AM (in response to Tabfish)
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        Good idea tabfish.

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          Jan 20, 2014 9:25 PM (in response to Dan)
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          Thank's Dan

          The only downside to this type of fossil is you need to know how to prep it because acid is usually the best way to remove pyritic rock.

          So it's best to take it to a proffessional with acid prepparation facilities.

           

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