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Cloud the Dinosaur King

Is this a turtle shell? It has some rib, so it seems pretty convincing.

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Tidgy's Dad

Looks turtle to me. 

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sixgill pete
5 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Looks turtle to me. 

Agreed.

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Cloud the Dinosaur King

Is it possible to tell the species, or at least the genus?

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Paleoworld-101

I have found that with rippled-surface shells like that the go-to genus is Trionyx, but it's worth double checking with some literature on the areas geology. 

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Cloud the Dinosaur King
48 minutes ago, Paleoworld-101 said:

I have found that with rippled-surface shells like that the go-to genus is Trionyx, but it's worth double checking with some literature on the areas geology. 

What a coincidence! I find living relatives of Trionyx in the same lake where this fossil was found!

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Peat Burns
1 hour ago, Paleoworld-101 said:

I have found that with rippled-surface shells like that the go-to genus is Trionyx, but it's worth double checking with some literature on the areas geology. 

I agree. Trionychidae

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Al Dente
5 hours ago, Cloud the Dinosaur King said:

What a coincidence! I find living relatives of Trionyx in the same lake where this fossil was found!

Maybe it’s not a coincidence. Could it be modern?

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Cloud the Dinosaur King
1 hour ago, Al Dente said:

Maybe it’s not a coincidence. Could it be modern?

I'm not sure. The specific species I see at he lake is Apalone spinifera aspera,the Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell, and they only get 7 to 17 inches long, and that's a measurement of the carapace of course.

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