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Would this be a snake or lizard fossil? Its a creek rock from a creek bed in Weldon Springs Missouri.


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It wraps all the way around or quite possibly just goes all of the way through? I am not sure but it is pretty! Any help you all have is amazing!

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caterpillar

Sorry but not a vertebrate. Maybe coral

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oilshale

Vertebrate fossils (with very rare exceptions) always lie in a plane and do not wrap around a stone. Definitely not a snake or lizard. It could be a coral rest. 

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Ludwigia

Snake or lizard fossils are hard to come by and this is certainly not one. I agree with the others that it might be the crystalized remains of a coral. And by the way, your area belongs geologically to the Mississippian Subperiod, which is older than the Pennsylvanian Subperiod where the first reptiles began to appear and a whole lot older than the Early Cretaceous Epoch where the first snakes appeared.

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Al Dente

It looks like a cross section through a Fisherites.

 

 

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FossilDAWG

Al Dente has got it for certain.

 

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On 4/28/2022 at 3:27 AM, Ludwigia said:

Snake or lizard fossils are hard to come by and this is certainly not one. I agree with the others that it might be the crystalized remains of a coral. And by the way, your area belongs geologically to the Mississippian Subperiod, which is older than the Pennsylvanian Subperiod where the first reptiles began to appear and a whole lot older than the Early Cretaceous Epoch where the first snakes appeared.

Thank you so much for the historical information! Thats excellent help for me and my friend, we have no clue as to all of this time frame stuff either, lol we are just the annoying folks that stop traffic to pick up interesting rocks lol thank you again! 

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TinySpiderMonkeyNinja
On 4/28/2022 at 3:47 AM, Al Dente said:

It looks like a cross section through a Fisherites.

 

 

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This is awesome Al Dente!! Thank you so much for locating these photos! Thats exactly what these look like for sure! 

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TinySpiderMonkeyNinja

Thanks everyone! You guys are awesome! 

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