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Golden Flying Shark From Illinois

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Fruitbat

Now THAT is one SPECTACULAR find!  Congratulations!

 

-Joe

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jpc

Wow!  And Wow! again.  That is a spectacular fossil.  Great find. Not bad for a mere two decades of collecting.  : )  

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Auspex

An extraordinary fossil! Congratulations, and tell your friend I give his preparation Four-Thumbs-Up.

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Darktooth

That is a very cool find! Congratulations! 

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digit

Way way cool!

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Xiphactinus

Insanely cool fossil. Congratulations!

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Tidgy's Dad

That is so beautiful .

I love it so much. :wub:

Thanks for sharing this special find. 

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RJB

Very cool fella!  A really nice specimen!

 

RB

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RCFossils
1 hour ago, siteseer said:

Great specimen.  Great prep work.  Is that pyrite replacement or a trick of the light/other preservation?

 

You could try contacting Richard Lund who has specialized on the variety of fishes from the Bear Gulch Limestone.  Through that work, he became an authority on early shark-like fishes.  I've never met him but have friends who knew him well back in the 80's-90's (not sure if they still keep in touch).

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1463-6395.2008.00371.x/abstract

 

Iniopterygians are more like chimaeroids than sharks with most Paleozoic chondrichthyans quite distantly related to modern sharks.  That's why some researchers tend to refer to Paleozoic chondrichthyans as "shark-like fishes" rather than sharks.  However, some do call them sharks as a loose, general term with it understood that most were not closely-related to sharks as we know them today or even as we know the vast majority of Mesozoic forms (sharks/shark-like fishes were nearly eliminated during the end-Permian extinctions).

 

 

Thanks to everyone for your kind words. I was ecstatic when I split the shale and saw it for the first time.

I am aware of their placement and use the term shark loosely.

Yes, it is pyritized and is gold against a black matrix. I will try and contact Richard Lund and see if he is still actively doing research.

My next step to x-ray the piece and see if the dentary is preserved. 

There is one loose tooth element preserved that i can see. There are also a few dermal denticles preserved on the skull.

 

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caldigger
2 hours ago, Auspex said:

 tell your friend I give his preparation Four-Thumbs-Up.

Did you have to take your shoes off for that one?

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Fossildude19

Incredible find! Simply stunning.  :wub: 

Congratulations on the rare and beautiful find!

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WhodamanHD

The words to describe it escape me, for that is a truly amazing find! I know the university of Alberta has an extensive collection of Paleozoic fish. I’m sure any institution would be happy to study that specimen! Congrats again on the find of a lifetime, and kudos to the prepper as well!

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DevonianDigger

:envy:, kudos all around!

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HoppeHunting

Awesome! Looks like something straight out of a museum exhibit. Fossil of the Month entry? ;)

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ynot

:faint:Amazing find!!!

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Auspex
9 hours ago, caldigger said:

Did you have to take your shoes off for that one?

It's a trick I learned from a Chimp. ;)

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Paciphacops

Very amazing. I had no idea there were flying sharks, except in Sharknados!

Sharknado.jpg

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sixgill pete

WOW! Amazing. Congratulations, what a spectacular fossil.

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FossilDAWG

I looked at this several hours ago, and I still have no words.  Thank you for

letting us partake of this once in a lifetime find. :wub::faint: :drool:

 

Don

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JohnJ

Another STUNNING find to add to your legendary collection, Rob!!!

 

@Carl

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Carl

My my my... What a beauty! Putting feelers out! Thanks for sharing!

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