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  1. max pijpelink

    Weird piece of bone/ scute.

    Hello, I found this piece 2 weeks ago on the beach of Breskens in Zeeland. I don’t know what it is and there were not several options. I get stuck with this piece of bone. I hope that someone know what it is! The sizes are in cm.
  2. Fun trip to the North Sulphur River Texas. I really like the giant coprolite and Holmesina armadillo scute. @GeschWhat
  3. Beautiful weather forecast and Green Mill Run is low enough to hunt. Even knowing I rarely find much worth displaying, sometimes you just need a day in the field so I coerce cajole one of my housemates to take the morning and have a little adventure. Even with every intention to only use the screen with the larger size mesh, nevertheless within the first dozen shovels we are using the smaller mesh. I suppose if we are ever really serious about leaving behind the little fossils, we will have to leave behind the small mesh screen! But that is hard to do when we find such little gems as s
  4. This carnivore coprolite was found in the Bull Canyon Formation (Upper Triassic - Norian), Quay County, New Mexico. It contains numerous fine, boney inclusions (white). There also appears to be a small jaw inclusion that has a shape similar to amphibians. Originally, I couldn't figure out why there would be so many finely crushed bones. It is not something I usually see. When bone fragments are present, they are usually larger. That said, fibrous osteoderms are also found in the same area. I have included an image of a fairly large one. They are made up of fine, boney fibers that have a confi
  5. dfrybarger

    Turtle scute?

    I found this rock on Ocean Beach in San Francisco. I have In the same area over the past few weeks recovered several fragments of Sand Dollar fossils probably about two million years old, according to a local geology/oceanology professor who recognized them right away. I am wondering if this rock might be a turtle scute as I have seen similar looking samples online that were Holocene turtle scutes. The sand dollars were the first fossils I’ve ever found outside of fossilized clams so I have no problem if this is just a rock. Many thanks in advance for the expert guidance and help.
  6. JarrodB

    Crocodile Scute

  7. KingsburyFossilHunter

    McFaddin Beach: Turtle, bone? Or ?

    Hi everyone! We made a trip to McFaddin Beach a few months ago (mishmash of Pliestocene materials wash up), and found these two items, which _at first_ we thought were 1. A bone (left) and 2. a turtle scute (right), all photos. BUT - the item on the left, the bone, has kind of a nice finish, with small bubbles, on the inside (lower left photo). ?? And the item on the right, the scute, has a very interesting texture on the two flat faces. Could it still be turtle? Or could it be something else? Your input appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  8. Hello everyone ! Need a bit of help here . this 3 pieces shown below has been offered to me as Ankylosaur osteoderm from Judith River formation. I have a bad memory about Ankylosaur scute before so i want a bit of help in Identification of these 3 pieces before buying. thank you in Advance ! Guns ==Number 1== ==Number 2== ==Number 3==
  9. Found in the backyard, dug out at about 2 feet down, Cerritos Ca. They are cleaned in the photos, some sandy matrix could not be scrubbed or picked off. Looks like it was fibrous in the middle (see last 2 pics). All pieces have same design on top and bottom. Have also found a piece of bone, and seashells in this 3' long, 2' wide, 2' deep area.
  10. Mercedes Coxca

    NSR Finds

    Hey y'all! This is my first ID post, so please tell me what I should do/change for future posts <3 These are all fossils I have found in the North Sulphur River in the last two months. I'm only asking about a few in the picture because I know there's a lot and I figured I'd only focus on a few at a time <3 sorry y'all, didn't plan ahead very well. I have more pictures of all of them though if needed. 1) One (bottom middle) is ID'd (via Dallas Paleo Group on FB) possibly as coprolite or a 'jumble'?- looking for clarification as well as what the things inside the fossil mig
  11. Guns

    Ankylosaur osteoderm ?

    Hello ! This one is one of my first fossil . I bought it nearly about 6 mo ago as Partial Ankylosaur osteoderm (scute) from Hell creek formation , Montana . I have a hard time distinguish it from ceratopsian frill ... need help to confirm/correct ID on this bone and I wound love to know what is the main feature that distinguish Ankylosaur scute from Ceratopsian frill bone ?? thank you in advance ! Guns
  12. 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)
  13. Hello_There

    Some Kind Of Scute

    I came across this scute in Colorado, b ut I can't tell if it is turtle, croc or something else. It was thin and brittle and had to be glued. Just under 2 inches long. Any opinion is appreciated.
  14. jamhill

    Scutes unknown

    Found these on the beach in Jacksonville Florida so Pleistocene. They appear to be some kind of scute. Are they glyptodont edge scutes? Tortoise leg spurs maybe? The first one looks like two fused together. One in the second group doesn’t actually come to a point but is otherwise very similar.
  15. LA fossils

    croc scutes

    pretty sure these are from a crocodile. does anyone have a 2nd opinion?
  16. So, I found a few chunks of osteoderms in an area that floods quite often. I wasn't even sure what they were at first, only that I *thought* they might be. But they were completely covered in mud and I was super-careful picking them up and getting them home. One separated from the large chunk. But now I have no idea what to do! I did leave them outside in the rain a few days; they were mostly uncovered when I found them anyway and have been sitting in sloppy mud for an eternity, so I figured it wouldn't hurt. So there was a lot of mud that came off but they're far from clean.
  17. Hello let me start of by say you all are awesome! Amateurs like myself have got a lot more confidence because of the help you give us. It was great day when I discovered this site I had bought these a ways back and I was going thru my collection and it would be great to get an opinion if I these are what they were described as. The "raptor claw" was the first ever fossil I bought! (Fingers crossed haha) The COA said it was from the Taquiz, kasar-es-souk, region in Morocco. I believe the seller told be the red lines we blood grooves? It was probably 10 years ago so I
  18. Brandy Cole

    Costal vs. Scute vs. Osteoderm IDs

    Location: Brazos River, near Brookshire, TX Found: Gravel, sand, low water Estimated time: Pleistocene I've been searching through info on scutes, osteoderms, reptile fossils, and types of turtle shell and plastron parts because we seem to have a lot of those in our area, but I'm having a hard time telling the difference. These are my best guesses, and I'm hoping someone can educate me on the differences. FRAG 1--I think this is a large turtle/tortoise scute fragment, but I'm not sure how to tell the difference between neural, costal, central, etc.
  19. 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
  20. Zenmaster6

    Scute? Texas

    From North of San Antonio in Cretaceous Zone. Could be a leverite but this one looked a bit weird. Pretty small.
  21. Just found this very small, what looks to me like a dermal plate or scute. It is about 5/8 inches long and 3/8 inches wide. Width could have been reduced by chipping. It came from a Florida beach near Jensen Florida. Looks to me something like a gator scute, but not exactly. If gator, it must have been a baby, but I'm thinking maybe something else. Thanks much.
  22. Familyroadtrip

    Croc scute?

    Hey all, I found this awhile ago at ramenessin brook and was wondering what you guys thought, I posted it in a trip report thread awhile ago, but I thought more people would chime in if it got its own thread! TIA, if you need more pics or details let me know!
  23. timhigg

    Scute or Spur ??

    New member. I am wondering what kind of fossil this is. The fossil is almost exactly 1 inch (2.54 cm) wide and the same long and one half inch high. It came from a beach near Jensen Beach.
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