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Fish fragment? in Mississippian nodule

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Anyone recognise this? Phosphatic nodule, Brigantian (U. Mississippian) marine shale, Co. Durham, UK. 

Nodules from this bed often contain fish bits, as well as cephalopods, inarticulate brachiopods and (rare) conulariids.

 

Not cleanly broken but the shape is ringing a bell...

 

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concave counterpart

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Fossildude19

Looks like part of a fish skull to me, Tarquin. 

 

 

 

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TqB

Thanks, Tim, that looks pretty good. :)

 

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TqB
11 hours ago, jdp said:

YES. That is absolutely a fish skull. There seems to be quite a bit of three-dimensional braincase in there too, which is quite rare during that time interval. Would you be willing to consider donating that for research? I know a researcher in Birmingham who does excellent and important work on these.

Thanks, good to know that it might be something interesting. I'd be happy to donate it though I'll check out a couple of UK specialists I know of first. :)

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Fossildude19

Awesome, Tarquin!

Thanks for the update. 

 

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jdp

Perfect! Sounds like it's going to the exact person I was thinking of!

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58 minutes ago, jdp said:

Perfect! Sounds like it's going to the exact person I was thinking of!

Glad to say it is, the internet can be a small place. :D

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