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Hello, found this last Saturday at a beach in Galveston Island, Texas. Other fossils I’ve found there, are from the late Pleistocene (only around 20,000 years old). They come from the Beaumont Formation. 
I know this piece of bone is almost certainly from a fish. Does anyone recognize what bone this is, and from what species? 

It has a very weird shape, and something tells me that this is probably from a skull, possibly something similar to a sea robin skull plate.

Measures around 4.75 cm (1.87 inches long)

 

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Jared C

Reminds me of a fish skull roof. Afraid I can’t say anything more specific 

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hemipristis

likely a fish neurocranium as @Jared C mentioned.  I'll look through some references to see if anything fits

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pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

It does indeed look like the top of a fish's skull. The rough patterning kind of reminds me of sturgeon. May be @Fossildude19 has ideas on this...

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Fossildude19

Sea robin skull bit, I think.

 

Link to images.

 

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Image from HERE.

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old bones

I second sturgeon. I have found many sea robin skull plates, and I would not consider this to be one.

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Fossildude19

Possibly gar, but I doubt sturgeon. :unsure:  I'm still in the Sea robin camp, though. 

 

Atlantic Sturgeon skull

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Tropical Gar

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fossilus

Another fish to consider would be hardhead catfish, very commonly found in Galveston.

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, fossilus said:

Another fish to consider would be hardhead catfish, very commonly found in Galveston.


I think you hit the nail right on the head! It looks exactly like the bone in that photograph!

 

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So I guess I should label this as being a Hardhead Catfish neurocranium fragment.

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Fossildude19
5 hours ago, fossilus said:

Another fish to consider would be hardhead catfish, very commonly found in Galveston.

 

Nice ID! Always helps to have the local knowledge weigh in. :)

Thanks for posting this!

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hemipristis
18 hours ago, fossilus said:

Another fish to consider would be hardhead catfish, very commonly found in Galveston.

 

 

 

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Good call!

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