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  1. While playing with my poo (the fossilized version), I noticed this imprint. It is adjacent to a bone fragment. I'm assuming it is the imprint of a piece that broke away from the bone inclusion. It looks a bit unusual/ornamental, but I am hoping it is recognizable to one of you brilliant bone folks. This is from the Oligocene, Brule Formation, South Dakota. @Carl
  2. I have had a bunch of broken bits of Oligocene mammal coprolites sitting in a cup for years. I got them before I had a proper microscope. I decided to pick through another one last night. This one had what I thought could be a rodent incisor. So I started excavating with my X-acto blade. As I uncovered the bone, I realized it was not a tooth. I started noticing these very fine crescent shaped objects (which I unfortunately did not photograph). So I decided to give the poo a little vinegar bath overnight. As I lightly removed an unremarkable bit of fossilized fecal mass this morning, it split away revealing what might be a feather. I wet a bit of downy feather and photographed it for comparison. What do you all think? @Carl, didn't you have a coprolite with a feather inclusion? If so, did it look like this? The bone that I exposed is very furrowed and hollow. Of course this may not mean anything other than it is partially digested. Could it be a bird bone? @Auspex Here is the before and after photo of the coprolite fragment. Here is a magnified image of the a wet modern feather and the possible undigested feather.
  3. Since I couldn't go out to dig for fossils, I decided to go on a micro dig. Today's dig was in a coprolite fragment from the Oligocene. Prior to excavation, the broken face of the coprolite looked like this. You can see a little bit of bone peeking through. After about an hour of excavation under 40X magnification, I uncovered what I think is a rodent tooth and possibly a toe bone and claw??? What do you think? Does anyone out there know their Rupelian rodents? Grinding Surface of the tooth: Side view showing roots: Small toe bone and claw or an fractured toe/foot bone? Is fossil poop cool or what???
  4. I found this tortoise on my sons’ M&M Ranch in Nebraska. It is a Stylemys nebrascensis tortoise from the Oligocene Brule Formation. It is a monster, 26"x20"x9" around 120 pounds in weight. It has minimal restoration. I actually found this tortoise in May 2016. You can check out the below TFF post to see it being dug out. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/65393-oligocene-tortoise-from-the-mm-ranch-in-crawford-nebraska/& Because of the size, our normal prepper wouldn’t originally prep this tortoise. So my sons brought it back to Virginia and my older son did the gross prep by removing most of the matrix leaving only what was sticking to the shell. He reduced a lot of the original jacketed weight. My older son then convinced our normal prepper to do the fine prep. My sons drove the tortoise back out to South Dakota where our prepper finished it. My older son will bring it back to Virginia next Spring, four years after I originally found it. Here are some pictures. The back legs are really cool and usually don’t survive. The only thing that I’m a little disappointed about is the color. There were two exploded black tortoises very close to this one so I was hoping for the rare black color. The tan/brown color is nicer than the more common white color but it isn’t as nice as the black color. Marco Sr.
  5. Hi all, trying to get some id help with some teeth from the Brule Formation, Nebraska. Most i think are oreodont, mesohippus and similar. Unfortunately dentition is not my forte, so any assistance would be appreciated. Tried to take photos from three different angles to help. Set 1, 2-specimens Set 2, 3-specimens (lower 2 mesohippus maybe) Set 3, 2-specimens Set 4, 1-specimen Set 5, 1-specimen (mesohippus maybe?) Thanks for everyone's help again. MUCH appreciated, Paul
  6. Merycoidodon culbertsoni?

    Hello fossil friends, Picked this beauty up recently, but I was told no more than "Oredont from Wyoming". From this, I deduce Merycoidodon culbertsoni, from the Brule Formation. Is this correct? All responses are appreciated Thank you!
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