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  1. Thomas1982

    Venice Beach, Florida Fossil ID

    Hi all, I found this possible osteoderm on Venice Beach last month. What do you guys think?
  2. Hi! I've recently collected a number of osteoderm fragments and I'm trying to identify what organism (s) they came from. These were all collected from Holden Beach, NC USA. Holden has recently had the beach "renourished" which stirred up a lot of specimens from the Peedee formation. I think the majority of these are from a soft shelled turtle, but I'm very novice
  3. Hello everyone I went on a commercial dino dig tour Summer 2022 of the Hell Creek formation in the Butte County, South Dakota area and found lots of bones and spitter teeth and had a great time. These two were in my unknown/unidentifiable pile and I've recently done some cleaning/prep to them and was requesting some help with possible IDs. The first item (on the left in most of the images) looks like a broken rooted ceratopsian/triceratops tooth to me with ridges and enamel showing. The second item (on the right in most of the images) looks a little like a scute w
  4. PSchleis

    Need Scute identification

    Found on Myrtle Beach, January 2023. I haven't found many scutes and I can't find anything on the Internet to help with this one. Any idea what this one comes from? Thanks! Paula
  5. HoppeHunting

    Show us your Scutes!

    Scutes are thickened bony dermal plates that can be found on turtles, crocodiles, birds, and many other animals. Because they are made of hard material, they are more likely to fossilize and remain preserved for millions of years. My personal fossil collection, which consists of an estimated 7,000-8,000 specimens, contains only a few scutes, which leads me to believe they are a rather uncommon find. Of course, this could very well only be the case with the geologic formations that I have collected from. Perhaps scutes are plentiful at other fossil sites around the world. I will include a few e
  6. Per Christian

    Ankylosaurus skull piece and scute?

    I ended up buying this piece, and probably should have posted it here before i did that.. but here are two fossils listed as Ankylosaurus skull piece and scute. Can anyone here give their opinion on it? I don't have county, but it's from the hell creek formation, south Dakota. The largest piece is 10 cm long. @Troodon
  7. Alex BC

    South Carolina (Possible) Fossil haul!

    Hello everyone! I'm just reposting this single 'fossil'(?) as it was grouped into a different topic where it remained identified. Any help with information would be greatly appreciated! (Thanks again for those who have already posted on that original topic)
  8. Incognito Rockhound

    Various Items from Hanna Park - Jacksonville, FL

    Hello everyone! I took my daughter and 6 year old granddaughter on a “girls only road-trip” to Hanna Park in Jacksonville, Florida for some relaxation time. We did a lot of beach combing and I found some great fossils. I’ve been able to identify the majority of my haul, but need some ID assistance with a few remaining items. I have a some potential dermal denticles and scutes, and a piece of unknown bone. The bone is is very thin, less than 3 mm. I also have two TINY teeth; one may be a barracuda. I believe the other may be a shark but I haven’t been able to link it to a species.
  9. Jbenton

    Possible Scute?

    Found in the peace river. Is this a glypt scute? Almost looks sandstone but not sure if fossils end up being sandstone. Any ideas?
  10. I've been trying to do some research about actual gator scutes not ostoderms that we call scutes. I know that Dino skin can be found so can croc also? Would love to hear about this subject and see some great photos if possible too please!
  11. SawTooth

    Shark teeth and scute

    Sometime last week I went to a creek in Southeast Alabama to find shark teeth. I got thirty nine teeth and what I believe is a partial glyptodon scute. I believe that the majority are sandtiger teeth (but from YouTube and online images could be goblin) and a few mackerel shark teeth. I also got my first tiger shark tooth from this site. I was hoping someone here could help identify the scute and supposed sandtiger teeth.
  12. EPIKLULSXDDDDD

    First Fossil Hunt at the Brazos

    I've had some free time this weekend, so I decided to mix things up and try hunting the Brazos instead of the usual cretaceous formations around Austin and DFW. The Pleistocene period is something I've always been fascinated by (probably due to the Ice Age movies), so the long drive wasn't enough to dissuade me. The weather was just right which made a day by the river all the better. This being my first time at the Brazos, I was a bit unfamiliar with the geography/prime hunting locations. I settled on parking by a bridge and decided to spend my day checking out both sides of the river. Navigat
  13. sjaak

    croc scute

    Hello again! I found this bone in the Boulonnais, North of France, late Jurrassic sediments. I think it's a crocodile scute (like steneosaurus) but with some doubt because it looks a bit different. It's also slightly curved and about 3 x 3 cm. Regards, Niels
  14. Frank Eaton

    Scute, scale, or shell?

    This is a large scale or scute from the Yorktown formation in North Carolina. The pattern Is familiar as a reptile scute but the shape and thickness of the specimen isn’t present in any of my other scutes. It tapers to a diamond point and is less than a centimeter thick. The top face is flaky and covered in old barnacle holds. Another neat mystery I’m trying to clear up! (Edit: It’s a sturgeon scute) Frank
  15. PSchleis

    Some kind of scute?

    Myrtle Beach, January, 2022 I'm thinking this might be some kind of scute. I haven't much experience in picking these up. Saw a picture of a gar scute that reminded me of this. Any ideas? Thanks!
  16. Hello together, I am looking for a nice Glyptodon scute, preferably in europe, because shipping costs are what keeps me from getting one from the US. Open for suggestions concerning trade (Fossils , selfmade models) Best Regards, J
  17. AJC2021

    Triassic fossil?

    Triassic scute, shell or paper weight? Found roadside with mixed road stones in NJ midway between Flemington and Lambertville Rt 202. This is part of the Newark supergroup sedimentary rock deposited during the Triassic period. I can't put this down because it feels biological not geological. All help greatly appreciated. My first post.
  18. Hopefully these photos are clear enough. If it can’t be identified further than “scute” thats fine, but I’m curious.
  19. RescueMJ

    Osteoderm Identification

    Inland Venice,FL. Pleistocene material. Removing matrix from specimen that I thought was Equus jaw. Several confirmed teeth from this 2’ x 2’ square. During removal, I found this. Before I continue removing matrix, looking for identification of this osteoderm. I have also found (jet black) alligator jaw piece approximately 10’ feet away. Thanks in advance. I am also looking for feedback on whether to continue removing matrix or display fossils in matrix.
  20. While hiking in the Central Alberta Badlands Near Toleman in Red Deer River Valley came across two pieces of fossilized matter that looked very different than most of the bone fragments I have encountered while on similar outings. If I was to take a wild & uneducated guess I would say they look like they could be osteoderms? Any help to ID these strange pieces would be greatly appreciated. Thank you In advance.
  21. RachmO

    Scute Help

    Hi! a beginner here, found what I think is a scute. Would love to narrow down what kind of creature it might be from. I found it in the hills west of Medicine Hat near the red deer river (the same formation as dinosaur provincial park, but outside the boundary). thanks Rachel
  22. Pixpaleosky

    Cretaceous scute to identify

    Help needed ! I prepped part of this bone with the highest difficulties because of a thin crust of iron sticking to the fossil. It comes from continental cretaceous of South of France. Before going further I would like to identify it to assess if it is worth the trouble . I hesitate between a Nodosauridae scute and simply a... turtle scute. I took pictures of the top (under the thin remaining matrix it is all bone), sides and bottom (which is totally unprepped and may never be, just note it is flat)
  23. PODIGGER

    Peace River Puzzle

    When I was back out on the Peace River Friday I was pulling up a lot of small shark teeth and miscellaneous pieces of bone. At pone point I looked into the sifter and spotted what looked like a piece of a giant armadillo scute. I was disappointed because it was a small piece, but clearly a scute. I had retrieved a couple of whole ones in the same spot on previous visits. Just as I was about to toss it back I spotted another small piece in the sifter. I decided to hang onto both and as I cleared the sifter I found three more pieces for a total of five. At that point I was not even sure the
  24. Every now and then something weird shows up in my sifter. Look at this cute little guy. Hexagonal shape with a faint raised area in the middle. Texture, shape, thickness all seem right for a giant armadillo, but the size is tiny. I've never seen one this small. Can someone confirm or deny this? Could this be from a baby/juvenile? Could it be a baby glyptodont. I'm stumped.
  25. FF7_Yuffie

    Sauropod scute -- Kem Kem

    Hi, I saw this for sale and figured it'd be nice to display alongside my Kem Kem Sauropod teeth. But is it actually a dermal scute as described? I see a few others of these sold as sauropod scutes, but it just be a case of misidentification, so figured it best to check here. It is from Kem Kem. Sellers description says these are sold as scutes but that he hasn't seen any scientific papers describing them as such, so the ID could be wrong. Thanks
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