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  1. Hi all, this strange piece came with a batch of edestus fossils that were found in a coal mine in Illinois. Have no idea what it could be, the front seems to be coated in black coal mostly while the back has what appears to be ridges. All I know about the location is it was found in a coal mine along with some edestus teeth that is Carboniferous in age. Hoping with some help to get to the bottom of this mystery.
  2. I recently purchased this vertebrae which was sold as a mosasaur (Clidastes) vertebrae. I wasn't convinced that the vert was Mosasaur (or even marine reptile for that matter) in origin when I bought it, I simply bought it because I thought it was a nice looking vertebrae. But now I thought I might give it a shot to try and get an ID on this thing. It was found in the Gober Chalk, Austin Group, Gober, Fannin County, Texas, USA and dates back to the Campanian, Cretaceous (± 80 mya). I don't really know what the vertebrae could be honestly, I don't believe it to be Mosasaur in origin o
  3. McLean, G., 2017. A ‘mystery fossil’ is evidence for massive Devonian trees in Australia. Records of the Australian Museum, 69, pp.101-118. https://journals.australian.museum/mclean-2017-rec-aust-mus-692-101118/ https://media.australian.museum/media/Uploads/Journals/37694/1661_complete.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  4. I’ve only a moth-eaten note in the bottom of this old matchbox which I presume once had the description of this fossil. I can’t tell you much more about it I’m afraid, just that it’s a fossil and would appear to be hollow and is quite light in weight. Sorry not much to go by, Any help would be much appreciated please.
  5. I was going over some of bits of Permian micro mix from the Neva Formation in Kansas and I found a fossil I had come across in my initial search months ago. I recently looked at a publication on Permian sharks from Russia. I remembered seeing something similar in that publication. It was a monocuspid denticle attributed to Cobelodus and I can not help but wonder if our mystery fossil is chondrichthyes denticle of some sort. Any thoughts ?
  6. Frank Eaton

    Don’t make me regret this...

    My best guess is turtle shell. The top layer of this specimen seems to be keratin... but beyond that I’m clueless. All layers are very crumbly. Specimen has no redeeming aesthetic value, beyond being mysterious and... weird. Found in a spoil pile near Aurora, NC.
  7. aed

    Mystery Fossil

    Greetings... Assuming this thing is in fact a fossil, I hope someone might be able to tell me what creature it is, and from what general time period. The rock comes from deep in glacial till at Groß Pampau in Schleswig Holstein, northern Germany. Thanks!
  8. Hello, everyone. While searching Possum Creek my son and I found this strange fossil. It essentially has four sides and each side is almost identical to the opposite side. If I didn't know any better, I would say it looks like a whole baby alligator head. Obviously that's not what it is, so any help with its ID would be greatly appreciated. We are stumped...
  9. MLJ

    Fossil from SE Utah

    A friend found this fossil in a rock shop in Moab, SE Utah. The rock was split open when he was visiting the shop. Does anyone have any ideas what it is? Thanks
  10. riverbanks

    Help With Id

    Hi. I work at a zoo and am currently going through the inventory of biofacts we use for teaching and found a box of fossils in the back of the closet that are not labled. I did the best I could to ID some of them but I could really use some help with the following. The first Mystery Fossil is a positive and negative cast.
  11. mrivin

    Friday Fossil Mystery

    Hello everyone, I thought the readers on this list might have fun with the Cooper Center's YouTube channel, where we post a "mystery" fossil every Friday. Test your fossil ID skills here: We also have other series, including interviews with scientisits, an archaeology quiz show, and various programs to teach paleontology and archaeology to a general audience. Meredith
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