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Upper Triassic Fish Skull or Gill Parts in Coprolite?

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GeschWhat

Hi all,

I just received a new batch of coprolites from the Bull Canyon Formation (Upper Triassic), Quay County, New Mexico. These two had some unusual inclusions that I have not seen before. I'm thinking fish skull or gill parts? (Please ignore the spelling in the title... :blush: )

Coprolite 1: This coprolite also contains other fish scale/bone inclusions.

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GeschWhat

Coprolite 2:

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Auspex

Excellent images!

The ornamentation on the inclusions do seem fish-like.

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Raggedy Man

What type of camera do you use? The resolution is quite nice.

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GeschWhat

Excellent images!

The ornamentation on the inclusions do seem fish-like.

Thanks, Auspex...any chance you can correct the spelling of skull in the title and keywords? I was typing "scales" too many times last night. :blush:

What type of camera do you use? The resolution is quite nice.

Thank you...I have a Cannon PowerShot SX40 HS for regular photos. I take the microscopic photos with my iPhone 5s.

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Raggedy Man

Thanks, Auspex...any chance you can correct the spelling of skull in the title and keywords? I was typing "scales" too many times last night. :blush:

Thank you...I have a Cannon PowerShot SX40 HS for regular photos. I take the microscopic photos with my iPhone 5s.

Wow, I didn't expect that!

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JustPlainPetrified

Nice shots with some great editing!

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old bones

Terrific photos! (and editing ;)) The inclusions are fascinating.

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GeschWhat

Terrific photos! (and editing ;)) The inclusions are fascinating.

Thanks, Julianna. Coming from you...that is a HUGE complement!

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Fossildude19

Wonderful specimens - I agree they look fishy.

Regards,

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abyssunder

I would agree also. Here is for example Elasmodectes avitus (Meyer, 1862), from the Upper Kimmeridgian Nusplingener Plattenkalk, Egesheim, Germany. Disarticulated head region with close-up view of the upper jaw plates :

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Carl

Outstanding!!!

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GeschWhat

Both of these are at the University of Mn X-ray Computed Tomography Lab to get scanned. I should have 3D micro CT images in a couple of weeks!!!

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