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So, I have a nice collection of fossils ive found from 2 seperate trips to Aurora... I was told the straight and curved bones could be ribs (most likely dolphin), but I am unsure. I also have a 2-3 inch bone that lolks like it could be from a land animal. I also have 3 different vertebrates from something... One is medium-small, one is small, and then the other one is really small lol. Then, in the last picture and in the middle of the row... I have no idea what it could be, it looks like an imprimt of a plant maybe? I found another one and its red, but I forget where I put it... At the beginning of that same row it seems to be sharks teeth but their all on a row... And the last fossil on that row looks to be a dolphin tooth. (Sorry I know its a lot of fossils.... We can knock them out one at a time, right? :fingerscrossed:)

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abyssunder

Maybe what's in the center of this pic is a puffer fish mouth plate fragment.

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44 minutes ago, abyssunder said:

Maybe what's in the center of this pic is a puffer fish mouth plate fragment.

 

WOW! I would have never guessed that... Thank you for that knowledge!

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On the left of the second, maybe a shark vertebra ?

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17 minutes ago, fifbrindacier said:

On the left of the second, maybe a shark vertebra ?

That would be cool if it is!

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11 hours ago, Rocky998 said:

So, I have a nice collection of fossils ive found from 2 seperate trips to Aurora... I was told the straight and curved bones could be ribs (most likely dolphin), but I am unsure. I also have a 2-3 inch bone that lolks like it could be from a land animal. I also have 3 different vertebrates from something... One is medium-small, one is small, and then the other one is really small lol. Then, in the last picture and in the middle of the row... I have no idea what it could be, it looks like an imprimt of a plant maybe? I found another one and its red, but I forget where I put it... At the beginning of that same row it seems to be sharks teeth but their all on a row... And the last fossil on that row looks to be a dolphin tooth. (Sorry I know its a lot of fossils.... We can knock them out one at a time, right? :fingerscrossed:)

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Hi,

Bottom middle looks like a cetacean humerus to me.

Best regards,

J

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4 hours ago, Mahnmut said:

Bottom middle looks like a cetacean humerus to me.

Yes, likely Baleen whale,

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/gallery/image/19656-large-whale-humerus-from-north-carolina/

 

The 2 verts on the left of the 2nd photo look to be Sawfish,

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/99225-sawfish-vert/

 

Here are a couple of experts I have learned from.... @Al Dente @MarcoSr

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5 hours ago, Mahnmut said:

Hi,

Bottom middle looks like a cetacean humerus to me.

Best regards,

J

 

24 minutes ago, Shellseeker said:

Yes, likely Baleen whale,

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/gallery/image/19656-large-whale-humerus-from-north-carolina/

 

The 2 verts on the left of the 2nd photo look to be Sawfish,

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/99225-sawfish-vert/

 

Here are a couple of experts I have learned from.... @Al Dente @MarcoSr

I am no expert and I am not dismissing the fact that it could be a whale humerus, but I looked at pictures of them and their all straight. My bone curves at a fairly sharp angle, I will try to get a pic of the curve later... But again, I am no expert, just forgot to mention the curve on that bone. I thank you both for the help! Much appreciated!

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In the bottom photo, the left is a broken cow shark tooth, the middle looks like a puffer fish mouth plate, and the right is probably a dolphin or porpoise tooth.

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3 hours ago, Parthicus said:

In the bottom photo, the left is a broken cow shark tooth, the middle looks like a puffer fish mouth plate, and the right is probably a dolphin or porpoise tooth.

Thank you! I had no idea there was such a thing as a cow shark...

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On 1/15/2022 at 3:52 AM, Mahnmut said:

Hi,

Bottom middle looks like a cetacean humerus to me.

Best regards,

J

 

On 1/15/2022 at 8:30 AM, Shellseeker said:

Yes, likely Baleen whale,

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/gallery/image/19656-large-whale-humerus-from-north-carolina/

 

The 2 verts on the left of the 2nd photo look to be Sawfish,

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/99225-sawfish-vert/

 

Here are a couple of experts I have learned from.... @Al Dente @MarcoSr

Sorry it took so long to get the picture... Man, time goes by when you're busy lol. Here is a pic of the possible humerus. The picture shows the curve on it, hopefully this helps

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Ok, thats indeed no humerus.

Hard to tell with the eroded ends, but maybe the zygomatic part of a squamosal bone?

Best Regards,

J

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51 minutes ago, Mahnmut said:

Ok, thats indeed no humerus.

Hard to tell with the eroded ends, but maybe the zygomatic part of a squamosal bone?

Best Regards,

J

Very well could be, but it seems a bit wide to be part of the skull (as you see in the first pic). It is definintely a strange bone.

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7 hours ago, Mahnmut said:

Ok, thats indeed no humerus.

Hard to tell with the eroded ends, but maybe the zygomatic part of a squamosal bone?

Best Regards,

J

Hmmm,  I see that word... Richard Hulbert introduced me to a word like it, in the link below.  Richard's word was zygopophyses

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/117483-bones/&tab=comments#comment-1290438

 

6 hours ago, Rocky998 said:

Very well could be, but it seems a bit wide to be part of the skull (as you see in the first pic). It is definintely a strange bone.

 

Can you you retake your photo in bright light?  Sunlight would do, or directly under a halogen bulb?

It might or might not be similar to this: I can not tell.

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43 minutes ago, Shellseeker said:

Hmmm,  I see that word... Richard Hulbert introduced me to a word like it, in the link below.  Richard's word was zygopophyses

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/117483-bones/&tab=comments#comment-1290438

 

 

Can you you retake your photo in bright light?  Sunlight would do, or directly under a halogen bulb?

It might or might not be similar to this: I can not tell.

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The bone I have looks very similar to that. I will try to get a picture tomorrow because it is dark out right now and I have no halogen bulb. Thanks for helping, I appreciate it!

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9 hours ago, Rocky998 said:

The bone I have looks very similar to that. I will try to get a picture tomorrow because it is dark out right now and I have no halogen bulb. Thanks for helping, I appreciate it!

Ok, so maybe I got some right hint without knowing it... I was talking about the zygomatic arch that is part of the skull, but if Shellseekers specimen is a zygapophysis, that looks like a good match on first glance.

Best Regards,

J

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On 1/17/2022 at 6:43 AM, Mahnmut said:

Ok, so maybe I got some right hint without knowing it... I was talking about the zygomatic arch that is part of the skull, but if Shellseekers specimen is a zygapophysis, that looks like a good match on first glance.

Best Regards,

J

Sorry its taken so long, I hope these help with identifying. Here are a few photos: 

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Great Improvement on these photos, but I can not tell if the image I said was similar to mine is actually similar.  After all we may be dealing with damaged fragments. There are some similarities, but in your other views of the fossil,  there i almost no similarity. Your fossil seems to be a toe bone, mine is a process broken off a vertebra.. Not the same

 

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9 hours ago, Rocky998 said:

Sorry its taken so long, I hope these help with identifying. Here are a few photos: 


Looks like a small cetacean humerus.

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5 hours ago, Al Dente said:


Looks like a small cetacean humerus.

I understand where you would think that, but the piece is curved too much for it to be a humerus. It really does look like the piece @Shellseeker showed.

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5 minutes ago, Rocky998 said:

I understand where you would think that, but the piece is curved too much for it to be a humerus. It really does look like the piece @Shellseeker showed.

 

I guess I'm not seeing the curvature that you are talking about. Does it show up in your photos?

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Here are two cetacean humeri from the Yorktown Formation. They don’t have the eroded ends that your fossil has.

 

 

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Rocky - These are the angles you should be taking of your item. ;)

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I thank you for that and I agree, from the top of it, it looks a lot like a humerus, but from the side like in the picture at the bottom of the two, it is more curved

 

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2 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

Rocky - These are the angles you should be taking of your item. ;)

which angles do you mean? top? or the curved sides?

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