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Found 5 results

  1. Tooth? Claw? Vertebra? Need help with ID

    This is another backyard find that I am having trouble identifying and any help would be much appreciated. It resembles a claw or tooth but I am probably wrong. I live in north Texas and my property is located along the Cretaceous Duck Creek Formation: Mortoniceras and Eopachydiscus (thanks to DPS ammonite for helping me identify the formation). Would love to hear from anyone who may know what it is. Thanks in advance.
  2. Rapp beach find

    Found a bone piece, maybe 2 1/2" at its longest, solid and heavy for its size. The 'bottom' is partly "stippled" (not part of the atlas vertebra, as I learned here recently). Different textures on different sides, the small protuberance is remarkable for the number of holes and channels (for blood vessels? nerve bundles?), at least one passing straight through. @Boesse you seem to be the acknowledged expert here. Do I have enough and are the photos (sorry!) clear enough to guess at an ID?
  3. Bone ID

    Found this in a ditch in Summerville, SC. It seems like a vertebra but I’m unsure and could use some help. I don’t know the exact formation that ditch was but it could’ve been chandler bridge. The top corner is broken off.
  4. Unknown Vertebra section Ohio

    Hello, I would Like to share a photo of what I think Is a vertebra section . I would like to Know what this could be from. It was found In Ohio in the early 60"s. Thanks for looking. I find it quite unique piece .
  5. Finally got out last Saturday to take advantage of the Peace River finally cooperating with us fossil hunters. Had a good day with lovely weather and a few new friends with whom we tried to kindle the passion for fossil hunting. If you missed it, you can catch-up here: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/64534-peace-river-huntfinally-april-2016/ I didn't keep too many fossils from the trip (though among the keepers were two sizeable chunks of mammoth molar). Most of the things I found were easily identifiable but then I was left with two that were beyond my (current) knowledge. Any help with these would be spectacular. Here is the descriptions from my previous trip-report post: Then there is this smaller piece of turtle shell. I found a surprising number of proneural plates at the first site (at least half a dozen) which I gave away to various folks on the river. The proneural (also often called nuchal as the nuchal scute overlays this bone) is the bone is the bone at the front of the line of neural bones that run down the midline of the turtle's carapace. See these images for examples of these distinctively shaped bones: https://www.google.com/search?q=turtle+nuchal&tbm=isch The piece shown below is obviously symmetrical and so must come from the midline of the shell. At first I thought it an odd proneural/nuchal imagining the head and neck sitting in front of the scalloped edge at the "top" of this piece but the more I look at it I just can't seem to fit that into my understanding of the bones that comprise a turtle carapace. I considered it possibly being from the plastron instead but could not seem to find any matching bones with this overall shape. My current guess is that this might be a suprapygal bone from behind the line of neurals rather than leading this series of bones. If there is anybody out there with a better understanding of turtle anatomy than this novice, I'd appreciate your opinion on this little mystery. Here is the last mystery from this trip. An odd bone with an unusual lumpy texture on one side. I initially thought this might be some sort of epiphysis--the end of a long bone separated from the main portion of the bone by cartilage in younger animals (later fused to the main bone in adults). The other side of the bone looks more worn (you can see the exposed cancellous texture. Given the round overall shape the thought of some part of a vertebra comes to mind but I can't seem to make much of this one. If someone has seen something like this before and knows its true identity, I'd welcome being informed. Cheers. -Ken
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