Sunday, 29 November 2009

The Rarest of Teeth

I just had to share this with everyone . Been out in the field today at Quarry 4. Heavy overnight rain made conditions tough although the day itself was dry. But just take a look at this tooth will you! Carl found this magnificent specimen this morning and top prospecting it was as well, since only a fraction of the striated surface was visible.
If you haven't recognised it, take a good look at the tooth of Liopleurodon ferox, one of the rarest of the Quarry 4 pliosaurs. I've been looking for one of these for ages now and this is the first one I have seen in the field. Before it was cleaned off it was also possibly considered to be Simolestes but the prominent, widely spaced ridges that alternate with ridges that are not so prominent, and only run half way up the crown, confirm that it is Liopleurodon. Magnificent.
Although I didn't have a lot of luck today, I'm pleased to say that there were both ichthyosaur and plesiosaur material recovered. It also seems that the demise of Quarry 4 is a little way off now and it seems the quarry will be available until maybe the spring. Lots to talk about in a future post but for now, enjoy!


Erika said...

Promising finds!

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