This morning I was working hard in the lab on Betsy's final field jacket removing matrix and separating stomach contents surrounding the pliosaur. So far the remains from the stomach contents have been microscopic to say the least, milimetres in size. So you can imagine my surprise when a larger fish vertebra was recovered amongst the smaller items. The vertebra (backbone) is approximately 1.2 cm in diameter. That's 7-8 times larger.

That was not the end of my excitement for the morning. Soon after about 15 cm away I found a second fish vertebra of approximately the same size. They are currently being cleaned and I will present the images in a future blog with other remains recovered from the stomach contents.