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  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. I'm not sure what to do next. I have a slight idea of the general area of the body these came from but the chunk is not lying flat and I don't know how to clean them to even see what I'm really working with. Are they going to all separate if I mess with them too much? My boyfriend said he'll get me whatever PaleoBond products I want (he's overwhelmingly supportive of my obsessive fossil hobby) so is that what I should be looking at? I've never felt "in over my head" with fossils before but I'm really at a loss with this. Any assistance, opinions, thoughts, speculations, or anything else would be appreciated.
  6. 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 dont recall much else about the ad. The other two were bought from the same seller, who did not have much reviews so I took a chance I guess. He described them as a "tricertops frill spike" and an "ankylosaurus armor scute" all i have regarding these ones is that is was found on private land in Wyoming in Lance creek formation... Any input would be greatly appreciated! I tried to follow the posting etiquette sorry If I missed something. Thank you!
  7. croc scutes

    pretty sure these are from a crocodile. does anyone have a 2nd opinion?
  8. 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. FRAG 2--I believe this is an osteoderm (because it looks like skin instead of part of a shell?), but I'm not sure the type. Maybe alligator? FRAG 3--My husband thought this may just be a rock, but I thought it looked like a fossilized shell plate of a turtle. It's relatively thin. We see a lot of these on the river. FRAG 4--This looked like another osteoderm to me because it has a similar texture on top to Frag2. But it's much thinner and the edges are more defined. Any info would be a big help! Thank you. --Brandy
  9. Scute? Texas

    From North of San Antonio in Cretaceous Zone. Could be a leverite but this one looked a bit weird. Pretty small.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. Venice Florida Tortoise Advice

    Hello, I live in between Venice and North Port, FL, close to the Myakka. I have been finding tortoise fossils/clasts in my neighborhood. Most are in moist clay within a foot from surface. This location is SW of the Peace River Formation. I find deer antler, Meg teeth, and manatee ribs fully fossilized here also. This is Pleistocene area. I have not found fully fossilized tortoise. Mine are not totally solidified. I find many scutes/ spurs along with the clasts that are hardened. Looking for advice. Photos of one sample attached. Regards, Michael
  15. Venice Florida Tortoise Advice

    Hello, I live in between Venice and North Port, FL, close to the Myakka. I have been finding tortoise fossils/clasts in my neighborhood. Most are in moist clay within a foot from surface. This location is SW of the Peace River Formation. I find deer antler, Meg teeth, and manatee ribs fully fossilized here also. This is Pleistocene area. I have not found fully fossilized tortoise. Mine are not totally solidified. I find many scutes/ spurs along with the clasts that are hardened. Looking for advice. Photos of one sample attached. Regards, Michael
  16. Coprolite, concretion, or scute?

    Hi there! These two rocks were found in the Aguja Formation. Wondering if they could be coprolite, concretions, some kind of scutes (unlikely), or meteorites? Material from the Aguja formation is very foreign to me, so I’m at a loss! They are rounded at the top and flatter at the bottom. Found amongst very large dinosaur bones. Thanks very much! Lauren
  17. I recovered these osteoderm fossils from a small gravel mining prospect off the Nueces River in Live Oak county, Texas about 50 miles from Corpus Christi and the Gulf of Mexico. Deweyville Formation fluviatile terrace deposits of Pleistocene to Holocene age. I am thinking giant armadillo, Holmesina, and some kind of crocodile. Thanks for your information, I found these over a decade ago.
  18. North Carolina Puzzler

    Never seen one like this before, and after scouring my books I've come up with a blank for ID. Maybe a fish crushing tooth, or a plate, or even some loose teeth fused together? Possibly some kind of scute?? But from what, or am I way off base? What do ya' think? Collected from an Early Pleistocene, Waccamaw formation site, Columbus Co, Southeastern North Carolina. The site is primarily a shell bed, with some fish bits, and an occasional small shark tooth. Scale is 1mm.
  19. Lance Form Find

    Going through finds that haven’t been ID-ed yet from a trip to the Lance Formation. The find looks scute like, but I’m not an expert. It appears this maybe ID-able by its features. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
  20. Hi there Amateur Dinobot again, with the self isolation, I had some time to look back at a couple of my purchases. They were bought a couple years ago on a popular auction site. The sellers did not have a lot of reviews so it felt like a bit of a gamble. The first on I was told was a deltadromeus partial jaw and was found in Norther Africa in 2015. The other I was told was an Ankylosaurus scute. I dont recall if the seller provided any further detail but he is no longer selling items. Thanks for the input! Wasnt sure if they were identified correctly or not deltadromeus deltadrom
  21. Scale? Shell? Scute?

    Found in Venice FL, in a mixed shell andarine life pile. Not sure what it is, maybe someone does. Thanks in advance
  22. Scute? Shell?

    I found this in a mixed pile of shell and random marine fossils in Venice, FL. I thought it was a turtle shell when I originally grabbed it, but cleaned it off and noticed the shiny mystery extruding from the top. I'm not certain what it is, so I leave up to you. Thanks in advance
  23. Scute?

    Hello everyone, Here is a fossil I found earlier which I think is a scute. Am I right? If so, what did it belong to? It was found in the forest marble formation of Dorset, England and is bathonian, Jurassic in age. It measures 2 by 1 cm. in the last photo, it is the bottom right. Also does anyone know what the fish tooth belonged to. (Middle bottom). thanks in advance
  24. I found this oddball in the same spot where I found a broken armadillo/sloth tooth that I posted in another thread. (Peace River, Bone Valley, Florida, likely Pleistocene). I can't decide if this is a very worn and beat-up (and large) turtle scute, or a "chunkasaurus" bone fragment, or possibly a beat-up osteoderm from a giant armadillo or something else glyptodont-adjacent. Does anyone else think this looks like an osteoderm or is it just my eyes fooling me?
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