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Venice, Fl Turtle or Gator?

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RobJ

I found an interesting fossil on the beach in Venice, FL.   Believe it is either a Turtle scute or an alligator osteoderm. Can anyone help confirm and tell me anything interesting about it?  Thanks for the help!

 

Rob

 

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Convex side

 

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Concave Side

 

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Edge view

 

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Ramon

It resembles a turtle scute.

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Harry Pristis

 

It's a water turtle marginal bone (from the carapace).  Turtle scutes are thin, keratin coverings of the turtle bone.  Turtle scutes are not preserved as fossils.

 

 

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KimTexan

Welcome to The Fossil Forum from Texas.

 

I agree with turtle bone. Harry Pristis knows his Cenozoic bones and teeth and then some. He has a fabulous gallery you may wish to check out. He has fabulous pics of great quality.

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RobJ

Thanks all!   I appreciate the quick responses and the information.  Thrilled with my small find.  

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