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Do These Look Like Poorly Preserved Horseshoe Crabs To You?

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I've been freeze/thawing my pit 2 nods from my last trip to Mazon Creek and I've found some pretty cool stuff so far, but im wondering about these two. These are the positive impressions of two split nods. Both share a semi circular base, which leads me to believe they could be poorly preserved horseshoe crabs. I haven't found one yet, so i have nothing in-hand to compare them to. These are pretty small, and are cell phone shots, so don't hurt yourself straining your eyes too bad.

Any help is appreciated!

Mystery #1

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Mystery #2

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...........or they could be poorly preserved trigonocarpus sp. Honestly i have no clue.....

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Missourian

I think I can make out about 2/3 of a Euproops head.

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Missourian

I'm seeing this:

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Original pic:

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Plus, the wrinkly texture suggests arthropod.

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fossilized6s

Thank you Missourian, that's what I'm seeing also. But i don't have any experience with them. It's nice to know im not crazy.

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Foozil

Congrats! it looks like a horse shoe crab cephalon! Cool find! no guarantees...

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DE&i

Hi Charlie,

Nice finds unfortunately I've no first hand experience of prehistoric horseshoe crabs. But correct me if I'm wrong they have been found here in the UK.

There was a bbc series called Survivors presented by professor Richard Fortey of the Natural History Museum who went into great detail about the species.

Of which was very interesting indeed.

Here's a video from youtube with Richard Fortey discussing the series...its really interesting.

Regards

Darren

Edited by DarrenElliot

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fossilized6s

Thanks Dinoboy123, they're a welcomed addition to my ever growing collection, well...... until i find better ones. ;)

Thanks Darren, i appreciate you sharing the video. I'll have to watch it after work. And yes, horseshoe crab fossils are found across the pond. I know of a few UK members that have been lucky enough to find them.

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fossilized6s

Does anyone else care to share your two cents with me about these pieces?

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Foozil

I am no geek on on Mazon Creek but the rest of the specimen could be in there… and on the last side is there a calmites?

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