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Possible Vertebrae

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ANDREW KLINE

Was just in the Ramanessin Brook today looking for shark teeth and stumbled upon this interesting fossil. I have never seen anything like this. Could it be a possible vertebrae from a marine mammal or late Cretaceous marine species? 

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ynot

Welcome to TFF!

It could be part of one called an "epiphysis" which is found in juvenile mammals.

Additional pictures and a scale would help narrow it down.  (side and back)

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Rockwood

I think it looks more like a button coral. An image search brings some nice images of Cretaceous age examples from the C + D.

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Tidgy's Dad

+ 1 for button coral. 

If it's Cretaceous, it's not likely to be a mammal. 

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Rockwood
15 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

If it's Cretaceous, it's not likely to be a mammal. 

A rugose button is not completely out of the question. Paleozoic fossils thought to be glacial eratics show up occasionally in the brooks. 

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FossilsAnonymous

I feel like I see those at Calvert all the time.... Gonna have to remember next time I see one.... :dinothumb:

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Troodon

Looks more like an epiphysis can you post a photo of the other side and size?

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Rockwood
6 minutes ago, Troodon said:

Looks more like an epiphysis than button coral.

Do marine reptile vertebrae grow this way ?

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Troodon
4 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

Do marine reptile vertebrae grow this way ?

The marine mammals I've seen do, see the photo from fossilguy.   We need a picture of the other side to determime what it is.

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ANDREW KLINE

All seems very interesting! Here’s a picture of the other side to give you more reference. 

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Vieira

It looks like coral to me...

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Plax

micrabacia?

Rockwood has it.

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Brett Breakin' Rocks
14 hours ago, Rockwood said:

I think it looks more like a button coral. An image search brings some nice images of Cretaceous age examples from the C + D.

Ooo .. I like the button coral idea .. that backside doesn't look anything like an epiphysis.

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The Jersey Devil

Definitely not from a marine mammal as it is found in a Cretaceous stream with mostly marine Cretaceous and sometimes terrestrial Pleistocene material. This does look like a Paleozoic coral brought down from the north by a glacier.

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