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Possible fish jaw from Calvert Cliffs

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Petalodus12

Hello all,

Today I was hunting at Brownies Beach (Maryland, Miocene) and found a rather strange piece of bone. To me it looks like the rostral  portion of a jaw with false teeth but I’m honestly not sure about what it is. Maybe Wahoo material? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving.

~Zach 

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Fossildude19

Looks more like part of a crab claw, to me. :headscratch:

Wait for some other opinions, though. 

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Petalodus12
1 hour ago, Fossildude19 said:

Looks more like part of a crab claw, to me. :headscratch:

Wait for some other opinions, though. 

Hm, looks like bone to me but I could definitely be wrong. I’ll upload pictures tomorrow with better lighting and focus. That might help

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b. bartron

Its a fish jaw. 

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Rockwood

Put me down for bone fragment. Doesn't look like fish bone though.

I can't imagine it being a fish jaw. Any reference for that ?

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Petalodus12
4 hours ago, Rockwood said:

Put me down for bone fragment. Doesn't look like fish bone though.

I can't imagine it being a fish jaw. Any reference for that ?

I mean my only thought that it could be jaw are the little spaced bony protrusions that look like false teeth. But I totally could be wrong, as I’m super amateur when it comes to Calvert Cliffs fauna. Thank you for your input and help!

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rand95

I have a few that look just like yours, it is a fish jaw.

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FossilsAnonymous

It’s a fish jaw. I’ve found a couple recently. Not a crab claw. It’s a lot flatter on the top to me for it to be a crab claw.

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Rockwood
51 minutes ago, rand95 said:

I have a few that look just like yours, it is a fish jaw.

Can you maybe show us some reference ? 

It doesn't look like fish bone to me.

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Rockwood

That does it.

Almost turtle or marine mammal like texture with fish tooth sockets. ;)

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b. bartron
24 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

That does it.

Almost turtle or marine mammal like texture with fish tooth sockets. ;)

Lots of different fish material. Not all are similar in shape or texture. Maybe I'll find a few more pictures from the time i spent there and share them. 

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Rockwood

Here is a thought. Turtles, marine mammals, and this fish are essentially all evolved fish anyway.

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