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Howdy all. First post but long time lurker. Need a little help with an ID. The fossil was found in Central Florida while sifting for shark teeth. The river has exposures from the Miocene epoch, at times I think older, and have found all manners of shark teeth with occasional mammal and reptile fossils showing up (deer teeth, snake ribs, alligator teeth and others). However, this little sucker stumps me. A small part of me believes it is a type of coral, but I am literally lost on where to begin with its identification.


For orientation I call  the "bumpy" side the top and the "ring" side the bottom. If more photos or details are need please ask. Thank you all in advance.


Top (Bumpy):






Bottom (Rings):




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My horrible grammar and punctuation :)
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Welcome to the forum.
Wait for a response from the most experts.
I don't know where to take it either, but it doesn't look like coral to me, I'm even thinking of something geological.


Please tell how tall you are. For example. (Ctms or inches).

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Welcome to the Forum! That is very interesting. I have not seen anything like that - that seems to happen a lot. ;)I wonder what the others will say. Looking forward to seeing your shark and mammal teeth! 

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Fish mouthplate, or pharyngeal teeth.


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23 minutes ago, CovenG said:

@Mainefossils thank you for the welcome. More to come :)


@Paleorunner Assuming you meant how tall is the find; it is not tall all. My calipers put it at 11/64" (4.34 mm).


@abyssunder Mouth plate to what?

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@abyssunderMouth plate to what?

Fish mouth plate

Tim was the first. :)

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It is probably from a wrasse.

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Seeing so many balloons packed together in the first 2 photos, I was totally disoriented.:oO:

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I don’t know the species from Florida, but if it came from the French Miocene, I’d tell you it’s an upper dental cobblestone of the Labrodon pavimentatum fish.


http://coquifran.unblog.fr/2019/02/11/neogene-planche-36-poissons-divers/ Here are represented only the lower dental pavers.



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I agree, that this is a fish mouth plate and Coco's link show specimen that really look like yours.

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