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Found 7 results

  1. Funky Kamp Ranch Cretodus

    A few weeks ago I was working an exposure of the middle Turonian Kamp Ranch member of the Arcadia Park Formation in North Texas, using a chisel and the natural bedding planes to pull up slabs. I had been there less than 15 minutes and had only found one small, broken tooth amongst shell hash when I found this almost perfect medium sized Cretodus crassidens. I also found some smaller shark teeth including Ptychodus sp., miscellaneous vertebrate material, and ammonites of possibly multiple species. So far this specimen is my largest from the site The first thing I noticed about it was the white color of most of the enamel and strange patterns covering the exposed tooth. It looked like it had been recently exposed and weathered, but since it was only exposed by me pulling up slabs that is not possible. All the other teeth I found there didn’t have this type of preservation but had the normal brown enamel. I have searched for pictures of any other teeth with patterns like this, but so far nothing. I prepared it out of the rock and can see that the patterns occur on both the front and back of the blade and root. It is 35 mm diagonal and 25 mm root width. It was resting just a few millimeters above a large inoceramid shell. The tooth is perfect except that the tip of the left cusp broke off before fossilization. There are certain areas where the blade isn’t white and there are no patterns, but for the most part the pattern covers the tooth. I was also able to rub off a bit of the white with my finger, but it seems that the patterns are embedded in the tooth itself since it is also on the root. Here are some pictures. I am hoping the origin of these patterns can be explained and any links and/or pictures of other teeth like this can be provided. The first three are before prep and the rest are after. Thanks in advance! FIG 1. FIG 2.
  2. I recently went hunting for my first time in the Turonian Arcadia Park Formation, an Eagle Ford group shale formation in North Texas. I found some great fossils, but many of them are fragile. I found a Worthoceras sp. specimen in matrix that seems to be on the verge of falling apart, and a very small Metoicoceras sp. specimen in a similar situation. They both have the nacreous shell preserved. Many of the other ammonites that I found tend to flake bits of the white shell while I am handling them. What can I use to consolidate the specimens so that they don’t fall apart and so that the shell doesn’t flake off? Will the consolidants dampen the beautiful iridescence of the shells? Here the two most fragile specimens, the Worthoceras sp. and the small Metoicoceras sp.: FIG 1: Worthoceras sp. FIG 2: Metoicoceras sp.
  3. Prionocyclus bosquensis

    From the album Prionocyclus bosquensis

    Found in the Cretaceous Arcadia Park Formation from the TXI Quarry in Midlothian, Texas. It is Prionocyclus bosquensis according to Jim Kennedy, Professor Emeritus of Natural History at Oxford. He also first described the species. See his paper describing this and other species: Kennedy, W. J. 1988. Late Cenomanian and Turonian ammonite faunas from northeast and central Texas. Palaeontological Association, Special Papers in Paleontology, 39: 131 pp.
  4. Post Oak Creek, Texas Oyster

    What is this Cretaceous oyster that I found in Post Oak Creek in Sherman, Texas? Most oysters in the creek come from a yellowish calcite-cemented sandstone from the Arcadia Park Formation of the Eagle Ford Group. It is about 48mm in length.
  5. I found this fish yesterday in the Arcadia Park member of the Eagle Ford Group from the Upper Cretaceous of Dallas County Texas. I have not seen one of these before. I am hoping someone else has. The preservation on this one is very cool. I like the way it is laid out on the slab sort of like all those fish from Wyoming. Does anyone know what genus/species this fish might belong to? Your help is greatly appreciated!
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