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Fossil Found in Ecuador

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freeteaspirit

I recently returned from living in Ecuador, South America, with a fossil that I found while at one of the beaches there (Canoa) and I am looking for some one who might be able to identify what it belongs to/ or came from/ and how old it is.


It looks like a toe or maybe the tip of a tail...?


I have attached detailed photographs.


Thanks so much for the help!

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PFOOLEY

Part of a starfish?

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Fossildude19

I brightened and enlarged your pictures.

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Odd, whatever it is.

Regards,

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Harry Pristis

I don't know much about tropical crabs, but this looks like part of crab claw.

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Fossildude19

Good point, Harry!

What is the size of this item?

Regards,

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sixgill pete

It does indeed look like part of a crab claw as Harry suggested. Very cool looking whatever it is.

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Peat Burns

Here is a chela of the giant hermit crab Petrochirus diogenes (not likely a match for your specimen - this one is extant from the Caribbean) for comparison of the surface structure.

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abyssunder

The resemblance is good, so, there is no need for the dimensions (looking at the background writing as reference). Good work, everyone !

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freeteaspirit

Thanks for all of the comments- and for the brightening and enlarging of the photos!

It measures roughly 1 1/2" x 1" to 1/4" at the tip.

The texture does strongly resemble the giant hermit crab- but I've never seen a crab claw that was flat on one side- and the flat side appears to have lizard type padding on it. I also thought starfish initially but it lacks the tiny hair/sucker type texture that starfish have underneath as well.

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RJB

Not use to seeing pustuals on a crab claw, but that's exactly what it looks like.

RB

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Carl

You folks beat me! Failed to write down the name of the crab but here's a shot of its claw in an aquarium in Florida.

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Herb

nice crab piece

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