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3/17/18: partial Xiphactinus + fish tooth- North TX

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John S.

A little luck of the Irish today. I’ve been having fun with the fishies lately. I found some of a pretty good size Xiphactinus and a large fish tooth at a separate spot. I’ll have to check back for more after the incoming rain. 

 

Late Cretaceous- Austin Group(85-88 mya)

 

The centra are 1.75 inches, that would put the fish at around 9-10 feet according to Oceans of Kansas. The fish tooth is exactly 2 inches. ID on the tooth?

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Fossildude19

Man! Those are some cool finds. :blink: :fistbump:

You are on fire so far this year, John! 

 

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Heteromorph

Beautiful finds! Those are some serious jaws and that tooth is spectacular! Hopfully others can ID it. 

 

I assume that this is all from the lower Atco, right? I search the middle/upper Atco and have never found vertebrate material. Have you ever hunted and found any vertebrate material above the lower Atco? 

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John S.
3 minutes ago, Heteromorph said:

Beautiful finds! Those are some serious jaws and that tooth is spectacular! Hopfully others can ID it. 

 

I assume that this is all from the lower Atco, right? I search the middle/upper Atco and have never found vertebrate material. Have you ever hunted and found any vertebrate material above the lower Atco? 

Thanks yes I believe all lower 

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Tidgy's Dad

Most splendid! 

It's not just luck, you've clearly got a good eye. :)

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Foozil

Very nice!

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believerjoe

Everything you took out is not pictured, right?  Looks like there should be a lot more verts.

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Auspex

Thank you especially for the awesome in-situ shot!

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John S.
29 minutes ago, believerjoe said:

Everything you took out is not pictured, right?  Looks like there should be a lot more verts.

Only verts so far but yes probly more further in unless it’s the front portion only

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believerjoe
4 minutes ago, John S. said:

Only verts so far but yes probly more further in unless it’s the front portion only

Are there not tons of ribs in you in situ picture?  

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Uncle Siphuncle

Approved.

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John S.
25 minutes ago, believerjoe said:

Are there not tons of ribs in you in situ picture?  

Yes lots of ribs. Very fragile but I got some embedded in rock

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believerjoe

I would have voted for xiphactinus on the tooth even though not associated.  

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ynot

Sweet finds!

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smt126

Great finds. Are you allowed to excavate that at all?

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JarrodB

Killer finds! Congrats

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sharko69

Unreal what you find! Can you narrow it down to what County you found this material? Congrats on another amazing find.

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MeargleSchmeargl

New pet fish? :P

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Shellseeker

:wub: long and spiky teeth... for context

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I do not think this one qualifies as "fish dinner".  GREAT discovery

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JimB88

Thats cool! The tooth looks more Mosasaur to me, but Im no expert.

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JarrodB
24 minutes ago, JimB88 said:

Thats cool! The tooth looks more Mosasaur to me, but Im no expert.

It's definitely Xiphactinus.  

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