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Mike from North Queensland

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Mike from North Queensland

This was found in the matrix I have been breaking down and looking through. The fossil is from the toolebuc formation from central queensland Australia and is cretaceous albian in age. I just cleaned this fossil up last week from the matrix but had noticed there was something about a month ago when breaking down some larger pieces and had left it to the side. When I found it in two halves I wasn't sure if it was a coprolite or fossil so glued the two halves back and cleaned it up. I suspect it is a turtle vertebra from under the carapace but have been unable to find an example of the vertebra showing the hollow along the top edge. If turtle it is either Bouliachelys or notochelone. For scale the length is 30mm

Thanks in advance

Mike D

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RichW9090

It does appear to be a vertebra from a turtle, and they all have that "trough" running along the dorsal side - it is the bottom of the neural canal.

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Mike from North Queensland

Thanks Rich it is what I assumed but could not find any diagrams or photos confirming. All the photos of that vertebra position were attached to the carapace.

Mike D

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