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American basilosaurus fossils were so common they started making furniture out of their bones. So why do they not show up anywhere???? It's only the African ones around. Anyone know anything about that furniture? And what happened to all the American basils??? *weird little factoid I think is cool. They're not 100% sure basilosaurus had a tail fluke/fin at all. I think its safe to say they definitely did, but there's never been any actual proof. No signs of a fluke have ever been found. again, I don't believe for a moment that they didn't have a tail fluke, I just think it's interesting to imagine them without. there aren't many animals that would look as natural with just a long tapering tail as basil.
B. americana is the Delaware State Fossil. They swam in huge schools and were the base of the food chain in the shallow sea that covered Delaware and New Jersey at the time. This one was found by a surface scan of the loose fossils at the site. They are very common in broken bits and pieces. A whole piece will have a point at the tip and a conically hollow section, the rostrum, at the other end. Whole ones are very rare. This one is nice, however, because it still has its original texture.
TennesseeRockHunt posted a topic in Fossil IDThis is a rock/fossil found in grandparents rock bed. I believe it to be a fossilised lizard on top of a rock. When I studied it, I noticed the lizard shape and, on the bottom side, what seemed to be an engraving that looked interesting. I tried to write down the symbols I saw and research them and came up with something similar to the Mayan writing for lizard. Looking for any advice/input on this intriguing piece. Thanks!top view of fossilup-close side view of fossil top-down view of bottom side containing what I believe to be an engravingScreenshot of Mayan representation of a lizard, close to the engraving on the bottom