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Found 52 results

  1. I found this worn bone fragment on Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. It's about 2 3/8" x 1 1/4". After looking at it, it has a home plate shape similar to armadillo and turtle scutes. It appears to have a plate on the front and back, possibly the plastron and carapace of a turtle? (I have 6 views)
  2. 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.
  3. Was going through a box of material from Holmdel, Monmouth County, New Jersey (Upper Cretaceous) and came across these two pieces that I can't identify. My best guess is that they are both concretions, but I wanted to ask the hive mind before I discard them. In full disclosure, I am offloading all of my Cretaceous material so if either of these is something significant, I will either be selling or donating them. Thanks Dave
  4. Hello! I'm brand new as a member of the forum but have been looking on here for awhile. I caught the fossil bug while on a vacation to Texas in June. I just got back from a Peace River trip and wondered if anyone could help me identify what I got. I believe I have scutes... but don't know what variety - Armadillo? Alligator? Turtle? The first two photos are of the same specimens but both sides. The third pic I think might be alligator. The last two pics are of two teeth, different angles - I think I have llama, but don't know the other? I'm so excited about starting fossiling! My next trip to Florida will include diving for megs (which was cancelled on this last trip, leading to the Peace river search...) I want to do Peace river again, but this time branch out to an area that doesn't rent canoes for that specific leg of the river (so not as picked over maybe). If anyone has advice, it's very welcome. Thank you to any one who can help!
  5. Venice, Fl Turtle or Gator?

    I found an interesting fossil on the beach in Venice, FL. Believe it is either a Turtle scute or an alligator osteoderm. Can anyone help confirm and tell me anything interesting about it? Thanks for the help! Rob Convex side Concave Side Edge view
  6. Need to identify this fossil

    Bought this fossil online about 2 years ago and it is supposed to be a Glyptodont scute. The seller said it was found in the Withlachoochee River, Madison County, Florida. It weighs 3-1/2 lbs. and measures 5" across by 3-1/2" from top to bottom. Fine, light colored sand in the crevices.
  7. Hi, I was going through my shark teeth and found this fossil that looks like a thick puzzle piece. It has thick spongy edges. It's about 1 5/8" in length and 7/8" at widest point. I Found it on a beach, SW Florida Beach. Looking at google images it appears to to a turtle scute. What do you think it is? Thanks, Lynn
  8. Croc scute and shark tooth

    Is there any way to narrow this croc scute down to a species? Or at least narrow it down? also, what kind of shark is this tooth from? these are from the phosphate mines in Khouribga, Morocco.
  9. What is this? Croc scute?

    Can anyone identify this for me? I would think it was a crocodile scute, except Ive never seen that shape before.
  10. Hello again, I found this small reptile-like piece on the beach in SW Florida. Pics show both sides. One side looks like turtle shell so my guess would be a turtle scute. What do you think?
  11. Hello everyone, had a super quick trip to the cretaceous creeks of new jersey and found this particularly interesting large bone fragment, likely it is a chunk of miscellaneous bone material but it reminds me alot of a scute like ankylosaurus or some sort of other bone scute especially the edge, or from maybe something like a large turtle but I am entirely not sure if it's dinosaur, marine reptile, etc or if there is anyway to tell, looks super suspicious to me anyways so if anyone has any ideas I'd definitely love to hear them. (If more pictures are needed I will definitely be able to get some more angles if necessary)
  12. Hello everyone, I am in desperate need of help with a huge debate I have been having with a friend over fossils preserved in ironstone concretions. From some of what I had read to some advice from other members I it possible to find vertebrate bone among shells and other mollusks preserved in an ironstone concretion. Whether it leaves a trace of the organism, morphs the organic material into the structure of the iron concretion through the decomposition with preserving, or whatever else it may be it seems to be possible. So recently I have hunted a place known to have recorded marine cretaceous shell and other mollusk found in ironstone concretion as well as cretaceous plants in shale, it seems like not to vast of enough study has been done there only from what I know, but since no vertebrate material had yet been discovered there though there can maybe be the possibility. I found these two particularly distinct pieces in iron concretions that exactly mimic the scute structure of soft shell turtle and croc in my opinion, I know how iron concretions are famous for leaving psuedofossils and such but these two pieces look way to exact and since its possible for shells and mollusks to preserve why not scutes? So I am here looking to end this debate, I'm looking for your opinion, can these be labeled as fossils, traces, etc? Or are these among some of the world's best iron concretions and nothing more. Your input especially if you are very experience in this subject would be tremendously appreciated.
  13. Hello I present an interesting question that I'm not to confident to answer myself and am seeking help from the more knowledgeable. Since it seems like (from what I had seen) iron concretions can at rare times preserve certain fossils or traces in one way or another such as molluscs, brachopods, and such. Due to this would it be possible for material such as turtle shell scutes or maybe even croc scutes to turn up in such concretions in one way or another? (the pics are just snipets of general info that I came across online)
  14. Possible Glyptodon Scute?

    Hi! I came across this the other day at the beach in North Carolina. I've been researching and think possibly a Glyptodon Scute? Thank you!!!!
  15. Hey everyone. I found these four yesterday. I believe I have a bison tooth, 2 horse teeth and a scute ?
  16. if anyone can help share some info on the following.this is a cretaceous stream but I'm assuming maybe glacier brought in the coral and any info on it and age and any info on the others...thanks
  17. North Sulphur River ID

    Can anyone help me ID this find? I found it in the North Sulphur River in March of this year. I was guessing some sort of scute or plate? Maybe skin? Thanks!
  18. Hi guys, I was wondering if this is a real Ankylosaurus scute/ plate? It comes from hell creek formation, South-Dakota, Buffelo, USA
  19. Item 1: This has been suggested to be dire wolf or cat. Can we get more specific?
  20. Crocodilian skull

    I've been seeing a few of these fossils on an auction site. They are all saying that they are part of the skull, probably the top. Is this true?
  21. Turtle?

    Went out today. Not much time, going out tomorrow.. Today was cold in the morning 50s and 15mph winds, but then bright sun about 70 in the afternoon. Lovely day. Went to a spot previously dug heavily. Found fewer fossils than normal, but a tooth with roots from an old horse and some excellent duskys, and this. What is this? Extra credit. Is this tooth a Dusky shark?
  22. New Jersey Scute

    I have a request and hopefully TFF experts can pay it off...In my email today, I friend , who would like to be a fossil hunter, asked So , if I picked this up in the Peace River , Florida , I would say that this is a foot pad, and one odd looking fossil at that....Interested in whether any TFF members have been to Big Brook, NJ and saw anything that resembles this one. Thanks Jack
  23. Scute or just a chunkosaurus

    This little bit ( about an inch) came from Brownies beach, MD (Calvert FM, zone 4?) where bone is extremely common. This one caught my eye, because it reminds me of a Glyptotherium scute I have (from Florida). Not saying that’s what it is, just wondering if it could be a scute of some sort (also I believe Glyptotherium is a Pleistocene animal). I have found terrestrial fossils there before (well two, a possum tooth and some jet). So is it a regular ol’ chunko or a scute of some sort, and if so what? Next to glypto scute
  24. Collinsville Ok

    Looking for fossils in the Collinsville OK area and found this. At first I was thinking something like an armadillo scute but now am not so sure. Could it be a piece of some type of fish crush plate? I believe the area is part of the Oologah formation.
  25. Fossil scute?

    Hi all! Its been a while.... I'm thinking this is a scute of some kind but heck if I know what from. I've looked through the dozen + reference books I have and looked online for all the animals that might be from this location that may have a dermal scute. It does have bore holes that are not part of the original fossil. It is 2"x2.5"x0.75". I found it at Green Mill Run in NC yesterday. Thanks in advance ~ Joyce
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