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Fossilized Ichthyosaurus Vertebra with 100% Pyrite Displacement

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    Posted 3 years ago

    rniederman
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    Several months ago I confessed to collecting fossils, in addition to early wood and brass photographic apparatus, and posted a nice 5 inch pliosaur humerus slice with fine pyrite displacement in the marrow.

    Shown here is a whole sectioned Ichthyosaurus vertabra that is 100% pyrite. Careful cutting and polishing brought out incredible detail of small individual cells and a marrow. What is difficult to convey with the photography is the amazing mirror-like, metallic luster that is characteristic of pyrite.

    Mother nature certainly produces some amazing stuff!

    Technically not a dinosaur, Ichthyosaur was a large fish living around 250 to 90 million years ago. This roughly 3 inch vertabra is quite heavy for its size and has no fractures. Pyritized fossils (i.e. shells) are somewhat common but pyrite displaced bone is rare.

    The first two images show both sections of the sliced vertabra. One half of the vertabra exterior is shown in the third picture.

    This example was found many years ago in the Ulyanovsk Volga region of Russia. Unlike this specimen, most of the found Russian Ichthyosaurus vertebrae have significant fractures and are only partially pyritized.

    Comments

    1. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
      Very cool!
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
      beautiful Rob!!!
    3. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks, Ben!
    4. martika martika, 3 years ago
      Awesome !!!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks!
      David
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    6. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks, Phil!
    7. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks!
      Sean
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    8. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks!
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    9. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks!
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    10. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks!
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    11. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      Although I'm not a collector, I love fossils, and I love this Rniederman! Great Piece!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks!
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    13. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks!
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    14. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks!
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    15. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks, beyemvey!

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