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Something looks familiar in my coprolite - and it's not corn!

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I have finally had a chance to start looking at the poop I won in @sixgill pete's shell game. Something about the inclusion in this little nugget looks familiar, but I can't quite place it. Maybe it's just because it looks a little like the dried and flattened frogs I see in my daughters driveway. :( It was found by the aforementioned esteemed forum member along the Cape Fear River and is believed to be from the Bladen Formation (Black Creek Group). Ideas?

Coprolite-Inclusion-1-Cape-Fear-Views.jpg

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DatFossilBoy

Could It be a plant???

I really have no idea... 

lets see what the experts say

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GeschWhat
3 minutes ago, DatFossilBoy said:

Could It be a plant???

I think it is bone. :)

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DatFossilBoy
13 minutes ago, GeschWhat said:

I think it is bone. :)

If you knew what animal it was from,that would nearly give it away.

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GeschWhat

 

1 hour ago, DatFossilBoy said:

If you knew what animal it was from,that would nearly give it away.

Based on what I've seen in my yard, my guess is that the critter would be the size of a medium dog. That's about as close as I can get to identifying the poopetrator. :D

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ynot

It sure looks like a deformed kernel of corn to Me!:rofl::rofl:

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Foozil

Corn that popped during the pressure and heat of fossilisation? :P 

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abyssunder

Guys, you are great ! :rofl:

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I'm wondering what might these be? Maybe remains of vertebrae? :)

 

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picture from here

 

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GeschWhat

I asked for that! Way over popped. :hearty-laugh:

2 hours ago, abyssunder said:

I'm wondering what might these be? Maybe remains of vertebrae? :)

Hey - I recognize that vertebra! Those areas you circled are clam borings, ridges and mineral staining. There is only one other area with tiny bone inclusions. I suppose it could be a compressed vertebra. The piece that is broken off and off the the side a little looks like it could be part of one. There is just something about the ridge along the edge that makes me think I've seen something like it before. Could it be a scute of some sort? This is the wrong time period, but the broken piece looks a little like this unidentified scale/scute from Merritt Island.

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abyssunder

Well, I'm not familiar with the Bladen Formation. Is that terrestrial or marine in origin?

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sixgill pete

@GeschWhat Interesting. So many of the coprolites that I have from that location are full of inclusions, Lori. But I honestly have no idea what yours may be.

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sixgill pete
Just now, abyssunder said:

Well, I'm not familiar with the Bladen Formation. Is that terrestrial or marine in origin?

The Bladen Formation is Cretaceous Marine. 

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3 minutes ago, sixgill pete said:

The Bladen Formation is Cretaceous Marine. 

Thank you. :)

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GeschWhat

I think I read that it is estuarian - fresh water - brackish water - and terrestrial - at least in some areas.

 

EDIT: What I read was referring to a bone bed on top of the Bladen Formation. Sorry!

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GeschWhat
19 minutes ago, sixgill pete said:

@GeschWhat Interesting. So many of the coprolites that I have from that location are full of inclusions, Lori. But I honestly have no idea what yours may be.

You should post some - I'd love to see them!

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caldigger

You want some butter on your poopcorn?

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GeschWhat
7 hours ago, caldigger said:

You want some butter on your poopcorn?

:hearty-laugh:I have to remember poopcorn for the kids. It would also make a good name for a coprolite (yes, I name them).

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LordTrilobite
19 hours ago, GeschWhat said:

I have finally had a chance to start looking at the poop I won in @sixgill pete's shell game. Something about the inclusion in this little nugget looks familiar, but I can't quite place it. Maybe it's just because it looks a little like the dried and flattened frogs I see in my daughters driveway. :( It was found by the aforementioned esteemed forum member along the Cape Fear River and is believed to be from the Bladen Formation (Black Creek Group). Ideas?

Coprolite-Inclusion-1-Cape-Fear-Views.jpg

The closeup looks almost a bit like the digits of a finger or toe.

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GeschWhat
6 hours ago, LordTrilobite said:

The closeup looks almost a bit like the digits of a finger or toe.

You're right, it does a bit - especially in the upper right.

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