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A Visit To My Favorite Hillside - Partial Crab Claw, Shark Teeth


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I spent about three hours this afternoon on my favorite hillside again. It seems that's the only place I've been hunting lately, but I keep finding new stuff there, so I figure why go anywhere else?

Here's some of the stuff I found today:

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I also found this "thing". The general shape reminds me of a tooth, though much larger than anything else I've found on this hillside. Other than the general shape, I really don't see a tooth here, maybe just an iron concretion of some sort, but I've never seen a mos tooth in person so I can't say for sure. What's your thoughts?

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I also found this "thing". It reminds me of a "nautilus hood (beak)" as shown on Lance Hall's website (www.northtexasfossils.com):

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Edit...My original post identified this as a juvenile turtle. DOH!!! Thanks to fossiladdict and danwoehr...I now see the error of my ways. Once they pointed out echi, I saw it as well. I attribute it to part of my learning process.

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fossiladdict

It's hard to tell by the pics but that "turtle" looks like an echinoid??? Nice teeth...they almost look like they match (which they might actually). The

"beak" is cool too.

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Uncle Siphuncle

i have a favorite hillside or two that draw me back as well. keep up the good work... you may already have enough fodder for a paper, and if so its often best if the matl is available in one collection for scientific scrutiny.

great rhyncholite. your mini turtle is a crushed echinoid, perhaps holaster nanus, cant tell for sure from my phone. again, great finds.

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Your hill side is a gift that keeps on giving, liked the idea of a turtle but sometimes dreams are sent crashing to the floor and eaten by an echinoid, there is no justice---tom

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squalicorax

Great stuff. you dont see those ammonite upper jaw pieces too often.

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Great stuff. you dont see those ammonite upper jaw pieces too often.

Is that what that is?

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Great stuff. you dont see those ammonite upper jaw pieces too often.

Is the aptychus attached to that?

Those teeth come in such a variety of colors, that's got to make them hard to spot.

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DeloiVarden

Beautiful shark teeth, wish we had that species here.

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Uncle Siphuncle

its a nautiloid jaw (rhyncholite), a bit different from an ammonite jaw (aptychus) which to me bears slight resemblance to a bivalve.

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squalicorax

Dan mentioned rhyncholite which is a beak piece

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...which to me bears slight resemblance to a bivalve.

I noted that resemblance myself.

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Those are some very nice finds, thank you for sharing them with us.

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sixgill pete

Those teeth are very nice. Thats an amazing hillside you have.

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barefootgirl

First time I have ever seen a nautilus hood beak. Those are some great finds!

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