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Jun 15, 2014 2:35 PM

Bone fossil found South Coast Eocene formation

Hi,

Visited the beach on a very low tide and found bone fossil on a  recently uncovered clay formation, had broken up but collated as much as I could find racing against the incoming tide. I have managed to piece what I have together but am unsure as to what it belongs to.

Within a square half metre were also found three different vertabrae, one of which has been identified as sea snake, the other two have yet to be ID'd. Formation is mainly shells of various types along with sharks teeth and ray dental plate. Fossil bed apparently only exposed on very low tides and rough seas had removed a lot of the overlying sand.

New to this so unsure what location infos are needed but have tried to take the necessary photos and am hoping someone may be able to help in identifying the bone.

Do have photos of the vertabra if that is of any help but would seem to be of different species.

Many thanks

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    Jun 15, 2014 6:34 PM (in response to Dollydebs)
    Re: Bone fossil found South Coast Eocene formation

    Looks like turtle shell to me - very nice specimen. Geological information can be found out very easily, but the location detail, eg the specific beach, is very important. I assume this is Bracklesham Bay?

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        Jun 15, 2014 9:30 PM (in response to Dollydebs)
        Re: Bone fossil found South Coast Eocene formation

        Nice find Dollydebs

        At first I thought there was a possibility of finding more of the specimen because the edges looked to be clean breaks and not water rolled but on later images there looks to be pyrite along the sides suggesting it has rotted away and there will be no more of it to find.

        Good preservation though on what you have found.

         

        Tabfish

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