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Pachyrhizodus - Cretaceous

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Mike Owens

(This is especially for Roz. This is what didn't go through on my E Mail to you).

Found on the North Sulpher River in Ladonia, Texas. This is one of two found near each other a few months apart.

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worthy 55

Thats cool looking Mike !!! :cool:

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tomclark

Gawd that is killer boom.

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ebrocklds

wow, that is really a great fossil.

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Mike Owens

This is the other side.

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Gatorman

wow that is cool

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Triton

What's a Pachyrhizodus.. :(

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Harry Pristis
wow that is cool

That IS cool, Mike!

I have a premaxilla of a Pachyrhizodus from Kansas that I find impressive. Any chance you can further prepare your skull?

---Harry Pristis

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Mike Owens

Harry,

This is a juvenile fish. The teeth are a little larger than a neddle. The matrix is a very hard limestone & very difficult to work with. I'm sure that someone with a lot of patience & good vision could bring out some detail, but as thin as a fish scull is I am afraid you would do more harm than good. As soon as I get over the "plague" I will take some close ups & post them. I took some photos yesterday of both heads. I posted the other side of this one, but I'm not happy with it. I will post the second head today of the less than good photos for now. It has more "bone" exposed than the first one. Do you think this last photo of a section of a fish jaw could be Pachyrhizodus? I'm not sure.

Mike

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Harry Pristis

Those are much better pix, Tom. That is a monster fish in the last pic! I don't know my Cretaceous fish very well, I fear. I suppose it could be Pachyrhizodus or Enchodus. Gerard Case in his book, A PICTORIAL GUIDE TO FOSSILS (1982), illustrates a dentary of both these fish. The gaps between the teeth on your specimen most resemble the Enchodus dentary. (Case was a fish specialist.)

---------Harry Pristis

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Mike Owens

Harry,

Thanks for your comments. I'll go with my gut feeling & your observation (& teeth I have) that it is Enchodus --- until someone can judge otherwise. The other half of fun in finding fossils is the fun of identifing them. It's like solving a puzzle. :) Thank you!

Mike

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