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Tooth and Mandible Identification

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CharlesNM

Hi, I found this tooth and possibly the upper mandible in an arroyo in New Mexico in a place called Copper Canyon. It is about 5.5 miles from Ghost Ranch. The layer is most likely late triassic chinle formation but it's on a major fault. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Darktooth

Just judging from your pics these look like mineral specimens. The "tooth" looks like quartz.

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CharlesNM
6 minutes ago, Darktooth said:

Just judging from your pics these look like mineral specimens. The "tooth" looks like quartz.

Thank you, now that I look at it more closely, your probably right.

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Darktooth

Dont worry, we have all been fooled before.:)

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Fossildude19

I think Dave pegged it with Quartz.

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caldigger
24 minutes ago, Fossildude19 said:

I think Dave "pegged" it with Quartz.

Well, apparently he is a pirate now!

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Fossildude19
13 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Well, apparently he is a pirate now!

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Cowboy Paleontologist

The Abiquiu/Ghost Ranch area is one of my absolute favorite places to drive through.  That said, don't get discouraged!  There is some truly incredible stuff to be found in that area.  In my experience, fossils in the Chinle group seem to be found in high concentrations in some places, but few and far between in others.  I also have found that going with someone that knows what they are looking for at first helps a lot.  Being able to tell fossils from minerals can be tough at first, but with a little bit of practice, most will become very easy.  

 

Also:  All the red mudstone and sandstone you see is from the Chinle group.  I am not as familiar with the specific formations of that area as I would like to be, but the gray stone towards the top may be Morrison formation.

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