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Unknown Cretaceous Scute; help!!

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sixgill pete

I found this scute this ,morning. I have found several partials of this, but this is the first whole one. It is about 1 7/16 inch (36mm) by 1 1/2 inch (37mm) roughly. I am thinking it is some kind of ray? Hoping it may be something more exciting?

 

It was found at a North Carolina River site. The site is Cretaceous Black Creek Group, Tarheel formation. Possibly Donoho Creek Formation also. There is also PeeDee Formation present. This is a river lag deposit with the Cretaceous items reworked into Castle Hayne limestone (Eocene) The Cretaceous items here are in exceptional condition for reworked items. There are several different ray teeth found here including Brachyrhizodus, Rhombodus and Texabatis. There has also been Plesiosaur and Hadrosaur teeth and verts found here. 

 

Any and all thoughts welcome.

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Al Dente

This is from the midline of a turtle.

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njfossilhunter

Do you think it might also be a turtle scute of some kind. it also has six sides which some turtle scute's have.

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sixgill pete

Cool. I would never have guessed turtle. 

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