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.
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?
Thought turtle shell myself but the bone protudance threw me a tadge, is this what would have attached the external shell to the internal backbone?
Am new to this so happy for all guidence possible, currently using google to try and ID sharks teeth and vertabrae at the moment as I hate not knowing what we have found.
Yes it was Bracklesham, east of the carpark, unsure of the bed number as awaiting designation plan for the area from an expert I contacted as unable to locate info myself. Want to keep records for my own reference especially as my interest has been well and truly caught.
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.