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Strange indentations from Turners Falls, Ma

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BrettonCa

I went to Turners Falls, Massachusetts hoping to find fish, or trace fossils (and maybe dinosaur trace). Not sure I had much luck... But I did find these. Could they be fossils?

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Auspex

What is interesting with this one...

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...is that the pattern occurs on successive layers, in the same directional orientation.

As they are not consistent with ripple marks, it suggests to me that they may be post-depositional deformations.

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BrettonCa

Thanks! I'll have to go back in a few weeks in warmer weather and the days are longer!

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Jeffrey P

1,2,and 3 looks like imprints of tree bark. I've seen similar tree bark imprints from Connecticut.

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BrettonCa

Thanks! That's what I was thinking originally.

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Plax

could #4 be osteoderm impression of phytosaur scute? 1 and 3 look like "bark" impressions. 2 looks like ripple marks

(keep in mind all guesses)

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BrettonCa

Very interesting ideas!!

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BrettonCa

Just curious, Plax. What makes you think #4 is a Phytosaur impression?

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Pagurus

Thanks for posting your finds. I can't help with identification but they do look interesting, and you must be close to a productive area. Good luck on your next trip out there. I'll have to try to get there soon if I can.

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Plax

google "phytosaur osteoderm" or "phytosaur scute"

More probably some other type of trace fossil though

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