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  1. Hello!! This is my first time here and I was really hoping to get some assistance is identifying some stuff. Several years ago my uncle built a large workshop on his property and had has this huge pile of rocks in his backyard ever since. I am not positive of the whole story, but I do believe that the company he hired to dig for the foundation came across one, or several dinos, and just left the broken specimen in a large pile. I have several large chunks, this is only one piece, with the photos taken from several angles and ranges in an attempt to show the most detail. There are some weird little pink squiggly things that kind of look like worms in all of the larger chunks that I have, those really piqued my interest because I've never seen anything like that stuck in rock before. I have painstakingly attempted to clean some of the larger pieces up; I didn't want to unnecessarily bombard the forum with a ton of pictures, but will happily post more if anybody is interested. I'm kind of totally new to all of this paleontology stuff and any guidance or assistance will be very greatly appreciated!! Thanks for your time!! --Cassie
  2. So this material is from the Clayton formation in Arkansas. It is Paleocene in age. We are finding a lot of these flat pieces which I at first thought might be crab shells but now I think they must be scales from armored fish. Sometimes they are very thin and small - these examples are larger ones. If I am correct does anyone know if we can tell which fish they are from? (tape measure in view is in mm) The lone piece is from the same matrix as the others. After cleaning it up I would have guessed it was just a larger piece of armor but while I was removing it both ends broke off and it has some internal structures too. Also it seems to have tunnels that run through it that make me think of passages for nerves or blood vessels (bone? - it sure doesn't seem like it because it seems to have a shell). Here are pictures of its external and internal structures. The tube-like piece connects with one of the holes in the outside shell. I have taken pieces of all 4 exposed internal surfaces. It is not quite symmetrical which makes me think it isn't a crab . . . The fourth pic where a lot of the white matrix is visible is the back. I have been reluctant to clean it up since it is a bit fragile. Note: pics 5 & 6 (with the tunnel-like structure) have a bit of rubber cement on the surfaces - I had to retake the pics and had already begun to glue them back together
  3. Iowa Devonian Fossil (Fish Armor?)

    Help please! Last weekend I was on a club trip here in Eastern Iowa, and I found a really cool fossil. According to other club members, the layer it appeared to come from is roughly 385 million years old, possibly from the Little Cedar Formation, although we can't be sure. We believe that it is likely plating from an armored fish. A photo with a couple measurements is attached. The bumps vary in size, but are about 3 mm in diameter. I've reached my photo size limit, so I will try to add more close up photos in a little bit. What species could this be? What part of the body would it be from? Thanks! -Ben Worrell
  4. Ankylosaur or Nodosaur Scute ?

    One of my goals is to bring a very tactile element to our education programs. I think adding a piece of dino armor is going to be a real hit with the kids. I have been trying to brush up on ankylosaur and nodosaur scutes in preparation of getting one at some point in the near future. I am not to the level of being able to recognize them yet but I did see one in our price range. I am not sure about this one. The seller lists it as being from Hell Creek. It is 2.5"x1.5" and is 1/2 inch thick. Anybody have any thoughts about this one ?
  5. 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 examples of the scutes from my collection. I encourage any members who have scutes in their collections to share pictures and details on their animal of origin, location at which they were collected, and size. Hopefully we'll all get to see some incredible specimen and collectively obtain a better understanding of scutes! Thanks in advance to all who will share! Pictured, in order: Crocodile scute, Calvert Formation, ~1 in. Ray scute, Calvert Formation, 3/4 in. Ray scute, Calvert Formation, 1/2 in. Boxfish scute, Aquia Formation, 3/4 in.
  6. Dunkleosteus armor/possible jaws

    From the album Sharks and fish

    Front side of armor which I believe could be the edge of the jaws! It comes to what would have been the razor sharp shearing edge, greatly worn down now, though. I also believe it could be the jaw because of the clear vertical wear lines on the surface, from being sheared against the inner surface of the other jaw, which is how they kept the edges razor sharp like scissors. I have seen similar wear lines on placoderm shearing jaws, so what I believe to be reasonable observations point to the possibility(maybe even likely?)of being from the cutting edge of the jaws.
  7. Dunkleosteus armor cross section

    From the album Sharks and fish

    Cross section of dunkleosteus' armor plate showing internal structure of mostly solid bone
  8. Dunkleosteus armor

    From the album Sharks and fish

    Part of dunkleosteus' amazing armored head
  9. Pineapple Turtle Shell?

    Just found this in glendive Montana. It's thin like turtle shell but has several raised sharp adornments, resembling pineapple skin. Two of the sides are completed edges, while two are fresh breaks. It doesn't match up with any of the common turtle species I could find. Any ideas?
  10. Hello all! I found this out of context in some landscaping material in Virginia, but I believe I recognize the matrix as coming from the Culpeper basin, which which is Triassic... I'm totally lost on what these patterns come from! Any help would be great. Thanks! Edit : this is most probably not Culpeper basin material, but Devonian Catskill or similar based on responses- bad assumption based on where it was found ...
  11. Recent acquisitions...new pics

    Here are some new pictures of fossil number two from an earlier post. I posted this piece a few days ago. I'm hoping new pictures may help further the identification as either a ceratops horn core or piece of ankylosaur armor. If it's horn core I'm curious, is it possible it's not nose horn core but maybe a side of the face horn from a variety of ceratops? If ankylosaur armor, would this be called a spike or a scute? Thank you again for any and all assistance.
  12. Weird armor-like thing

    Hi all, Found this 2 days ago on the Zandmotor (Netherlands). I have no clue what it is... Anyone know what it could be from? Thanks in advance, Max
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