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Attached are some images of a small section of jaw bone with a few broken teeth that I found on my hillside yesterday.

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Nice find! Is it a fish? The teeth are really spaced far apart..

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I'm assuming some type of gar like fish until I hear otherwise.

I looked at Barracuda, but the teeth are too far apart and aren't as "hefty".

I remember seeing a similar posting in the past, but I don't remember what it was ID'd as. I guess I'd better do some searching.

Some type of Enchodus??? I think they were from the upper cretaceous and this would have come from the lower???

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Very different, can't wait for an ID----Strange----Looks fish but like Roz said, the teeth are really spaced far apart, maybe lower jaw from Enchodus sp.---Tom

post-3940-0-39187300-1351978597_thumb.jpgMaybe Enchodus

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Too long and skinny for Enchodus.....it's wild looking!

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Um.... WOW.

Dang I'd love to make that one of those special flying "fish"...

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Very different, can't wait for an ID----Strange----Looks fish but like Roz said, the teeth are really spaced far apart, maybe lower jaw from Enchodus sp.---Tom

post-3940-0-39187300-1351978597_thumb.jpgMaybe Enchodus

Tom,

That's the closest thing I've come up with, but having never actually seen an Enchodus fossil, I can't really compare.

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Too long and skinny for Enchodus.....it's wild looking!

Xiphactinus,

Do you mean the teeth are too long and skinny or the hole jaw section?

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Xiphactinus,

Do you mean the teeth are too long and skinny or the hole jaw section?

I'd say he means the whole jaw section- enchodus jaws are never that long

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I'd say he means the whole jaw section- enchodus jaws are never that long

The scale shown is in millimeters. I was thinking it may be too small to be Enchodus. How long are they normally?

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The scale shown is in millimeters. I was thinking it may be too small to be Enchodus. How long are they normally?

I meant in proportion to the length- looks too narrow for that length

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I just want to throw this out there, looking at the diversity of fish species today, it just might be conceivable that the jaw could be from something new, after all the Cretaceous sample pool isn't that numberous for species in Texas or the US as a whole unless there is literature out there illustrating Cretaceous marine fish I haven't seen----but would like to---Tom

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I meant in proportion to the length- looks too narrow for that length

Yes, this is what I meant. Enchodus jaws can be less than an inch to several inches depending upon the species, but the proportion isn't like the fossil in question.

Can't wait to see what this turns out to be!

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I do not believe that this is a fish jaw.

I'm thinking toothed pterosaur...

I, too, cannot wait to see what others think.

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Might be time to email out images ...

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Might be time to email out images ...

Any idea who to send images to, and their contact info?

I'm actually quite intrigued about this one. This is the first time I've ever posted anything that wasn't identified within 5 minutes.

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I smelled pterosaur too, but that is just a hunch. Are pterosaur teeth fixed to the jaws in the same way these are? If it were my fossil that's where I would start searching. Good luck... cool find whatever it turns out to be.

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Um.... WOW.

Dang I'd love to make that one of those special flying "fish"...

Maybe that's what dinodigger meant. I wasn't sure what he meant because pterosaur would have never crossed my mind.

Now to start re-thinking my searches.

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Any idea who to send images to, and their contact info?

I'm actually quite intrigued about this one. This is the first time I've ever posted anything that wasn't identified within 5 minutes.

Yes, I would email pics to Scott Myers at SMU. He is the one that did the paper on Lance's

smyers(AT)smu.edu

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Yes, I would email pics to Scott Myers at SMU. He is the one that did the paper on Lance's

smyers(AT)smu.edu

Roz,

Thanks!. I'll get some pics sent to him right now to see what he says.

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Roz,

Thanks!. I'll get some pics sent to him right now to see what he says.

Sure! Lets us know when you hear back..

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Based on ya'lls latest input, I did the best I could to take some pics of the end of the fragment to see if it looks hollow.

What do you think?

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Yes, I would email pics to Scott Myers at SMU. He is the one that did the paper on Lance's

smyers(AT)smu.edu

I agree!

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