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White River Small Partial Vertebra ID

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Opabinia Blues

Hello, everyone,

 

Lately this summer I’ve been doing a bit of casual fossil collecting (with explicit permission!) on some land that a very close family friend owns in Weld County, Colorado that has a lot of exposure of the White River Formation, and I’ve collected a sizable amount of material including some pretty awesome finds.

 

Being an amateur, I need some help identifying some of the fossils I’ve collected. Since the forum has a photo upload limit per post, I’ll be making a few threads for different finds, I hope that is ok.

 

This is a small partial vertebra, collected in Weld County, CO on the Brule Formation. The piece next to it is one of the transverse processes, which was barely attached when I collected it but finally unfortunately broke off when in my bag. Any identification appreciated.
 

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Thanks!

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jpc

mammal vertebra... not easy to ID to animal.  

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Randyw

It kind of reminds me of my Oreodont Vert but I’m only 30% convinced of it...

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Opabinia Blues
1 hour ago, Randyw said:

It kind of reminds me of my Oreodont Vert but I’m only 30% convinced of it...

It does actually look quite Oreodont-like, though of course it is possible it’s from a totally different animal with a similar morphology of the vertebrae. Thank you!

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