Gastornis sp. Eocene terror bird
The Ankle bone, tarsometatarsus. preserved in a calcarious concretion. This is a unique find and is a first for Sheppey. This specimen was found by Wayne Green from the Isle of Grain while collecting here on Sheppey. The 'terror' bird is known from Eocene deposits in the Paris Basin and In the USA. Previous finds of this species in the UK during the 19th Century were from the Paleocene deposits near to Abbots wood .
Newly prepped out this image shows the reverse details of the joint above.
Danny hogburns' beautifully prepped vertebra of the terror bird. This specimen displays excellent preservation and detail.