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#1 Swineford1

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 08:11 PM

I found these in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I am always on the lookout for fossils. I looked and could not find any of these on the web. Please let me know what I have.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 08:16 PM

They look like Prionotus (Sea Robin) skulls.

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 12:53 AM

Those are very cool fossils! Congratulations and welcome
to the forum.. Those are a first for me.. Had to look up
the name to read about them
Welcome to the forum!

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 07:01 AM

Love em!

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 07:18 AM

Welcome to the Forum!
Very Cool Finds! :)
The patternation on them is unique! :D
Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 26 November 2010 - 07:54 AM

To me they look like fish skulls.

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 04:04 PM

They're really cool looking! Great finds :)

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 01:45 PM

we find them here in south texas along the coast.i have one left.i'm not sure myself what they are but your guess was the same as mine.

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 01:53 PM

heres one i found south texas i do believe they are millions of years old.other stuff in pic was not found where we find fossil sharkteeth ect.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 01:11 AM

heres one i found south texas i do believe they are millions of years old.other stuff in pic was not found where we find fossil sharkteeth ect.


I found more of them the next day all in the same area, The inner beach at Gulf Shores, ALA. Thanks for the input. Here is a pic of all of them together. The odd thing is that I found a newer one along with the old. They also have four holes in each that go all the way thru to the back.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 12:20 PM

I am still pretty sure these are fish skulls, perhaps gar.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 12:24 PM

I found more of them the next day all in the same area, The inner beach at Gulf Shores, ALA. Thanks for the input. Here is a pic of all of them together. The odd thing is that I found a newer one along with the old. They also have four holes in each that go all the way thru to the back.


I was going thru some of my previous trips and came across this fossil I had put in the unknown category. WOW what a remarkable resemblance. They are different, but not by much.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 12:53 PM

See here. Zoom and move pic to upper skull area. Gar skull.

http://www.sciencebu..._gar_skull/zoom

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 03:15 PM

Those are sweet! Good job! :wub:

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:52 PM

A lot of gar skulls wash up along the lakes here and I don't recall seeing any like. Granted, none are that small but gar don't seem to change much in morphology (ontology) as they grow.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 12:38 AM

These are totally cool. They have a certain garness to them, but I am not convinced they are gar.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:10 AM

not gar or gator. was identified in the second post. sea robin.
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:12 AM

I have a modern gar skull and I agree, they don't look anything like gar.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 01:01 PM

OK, you are saying they are not gar, so we all agree they are not baby alligators. That is what I was trying to get across. They are not fossil baby alligator skulls.

Now, I have looked up this Sea Robin thing and have found zero pictures of their skulls that look anything like these items. The Sea Robin skulls I have found pics of look more like Sailcat (salt water catfish) skulls. So please, someone, send a link to pics that show these to be Sea Robin skulls. The link I used earlier to a gar skull, when you zoom in to the upper part of the skull clearly looks exactly like these items, with the strations an all. So if I am wrong, and I definitely could be cause I sure do not have either item in my collection, especially fossil ones, then show me the pictures. I am a see-it-to-believe-it type person.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 01:52 PM

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