On our last day at Carmel Church we collected this very large, 6-cm-diameter shark vertebra from near the top of the bonebed. I think this is the largest shark vertebra we’ve ever collected there, although I have a few incomplete specimens in the collection that may have been about as large.
This specimen was lying at an angle of perhaps 45 degrees relative to bedding, and shows some remarkable post-burial deformation that was apparently caused by the weight of the overlying sediment. One of the conical faces of the centrum is fractured (brittle deformation):
I’m not sure what kind of shark this vertebra came from. It seems generally consistent in size and morphology with a large lamnoid shark such as Isurus or Carcharocles (it would have to be a small individual), both of which are known from Carmel Church.