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I found these and I think they are fossil vertabraes of fish but I am not sure. I found them at a brook in Holmdel NJ and they are pretty small. I think two of them are vertabrae but I am not sure about the other two.IMG_2057.JPG.f7d124db77a9ede632b3dfcef87d6074.JPGIMG_2059.JPG.b5fde2c7dad02d6d3eca442532d74690.JPGIMG_2058.JPG.2f846efc339f227a785253a34e6d5246.JPG

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Fossildude19

Welcome to the Forum. :) 

 

Your pictures are awfully small, but from what I can make out, only the 3rd one down in the first picture is a vertebra, and likely fish. 

Please post some larger pictures, so that we can see the other items to be sure. ;) 

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ColeFossilFinder

thankyou. so you think the smallest one is a vertabrae?

how do you make the picture larger?
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Fossildude19

Yes this one:

 

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The others look like typical brook concretions, to me. 

Better (larger, more in focus) pictures, taken in daylight, of both sides, would help to clear up any ID confusion. 

Regards,

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ColeFossilFinder

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I think the thing in the middle is the vertabra too.

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sixgill pete

We really need better more in focus pictures with the possible fossil being the CENTER of attention, in order to give a possible identification. Pictures with the item in your hand are not the best way to get an ID. Good lighting is also needed with natural light being best. What are you using to take your pictures? 

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ColeFossilFinder

my phone

any other tips?:D

 

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Fossildude19

Tips:

 

Place the items on a white piece of paper. Do not hold them, as this causes the photos to blur. 

Take pictures of each item, front and back. 

Take from directly above the fossils, no oblique angles. 

Also try for better lighting - shadows aren't great. 

Fluorescent lighting works pretty well. 

Keep about 10-12 inches away from the items.

Make sure the fossil is in focus, not the background. 

Download a photo editing app, or use the built in editor to crop the pictures around the fossil. 

Lots of background = no good photos. 

 

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FossilDAWG

Number 4 (right hand side in very top photo) may also be a fish vertebra (#3 definitely is as Tim said).    A few fish have markedly dorso-ventrally compressed vertebrae.  Better photos should resolve the issue.

 

Don

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Max-fossils
11 hours ago, Fossildude19 said:

 

Place the items on a white piece of paper.

Not sure I agree on this one: placing them on a flat uniform surface is good, but white is really not a good color. I'm not exactly sure why, but on white pieces of paper the pictures lose quality. Also, it can sometimes be hard to work out what is fossil/shadow of the fossil. So preferably put it on a flat surface which is not white, eg a black (for light colored fossils)/red/blue/green etc piece of paper.

 

All the other tips are good though :)

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The Jersey Devil

The pictures are good enough to tell what the objects are. The 3 larger vertebrae are batoid (ray) vertebrae and the smallest vertebra is from a shark. Two of the ray vertebrae have one of the concave faces worn down which makes them look a bit different.

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