More sun today, and a lot of progress. We found several small isolated vertebrae, including the anterior thoracic vertebra shown above. We’ve also hit some rich patches of sharks’ teeth, and probably collected close to a hundred today. On our main whale, we made a trench most of the way around the next four vertebrae, and also found the next in the series:
I think that puts us up to 30 vertebrae in this skeleton, making this the most complete vertebral column found at Carmel Church so far. We’re now well into the caudal vertebrae, which is also the first time we’ve found an articulated caudal series here.
The hazards of excavating; bitten by a 14-million-year-old shark!