After yesterday, we needed the chalk gullies again. And it was good day. Various incidental finds leading up to Kathryn and I both spotting (at pretty much the same moment) a medium-sized mosasaur weathering out. There's the potential for a good skull in the ground, but between wet weather and hunting season starting on the 23rd, it may be spring before I can find out. Oh, and there was a cottontail that burst out of the weeds about a foot in front of me and scared me silly. And there was a sleepy little brown anole. And a bumblebee that hugged Spooky. And a beautiful bald eagle perched in a tree. Also a coyote trotting along the interstate median. Deer everywhere. And a lot of marvelous, merciful quiet.
We left about 9 a.m., then got home about 5 p.m.
The photo below shows a dorsal vertebra (light-colored bone on the left) laying atop a cervical vertebrae (darker bone), with some cervical ribs fragments showing below the vertebrae. The genus is Clidastes, though I can't call the species without seeing the skull.