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Birdman, February 20 in General Fossil Discussion
Thanks guys. Still searching!
Another great find from an old box of fossils I had stored over years! This time a very nice piece of armoured dino skull. Notice there are numerous blood vessel holes. Degree of underside curvature noticeable. Consists of thick fused bony nodules.
Interesting anatomical comparison with Pachycephalosaur dinosaur skull.
A very interesting piece, the fused bone nodules along with the sinuous surface texture appear well evidenced from those pic's. Look forward to seeing it first hand
News of my latest magical bonebed finds, it's another one of those small ankylosaur teeth! I think it's a beauty. It's a whole tooth complete with root.
Interesting to compare it with the other complete one I found. The new one seems to have a much more 'stretched'/longer crown which I think is interesting.
A great find Birdman ! Lovely Anky tooth
Amazing Wealden finds - keep 'em coming!
Thanks everyone for your complimentary comments.
The Amateur paleontologist: I will !
great finds! some gorgeous wee specimens there. can't wait to see what you find next
Thanks Roostarr. You don't have to wait long! Here are some of my new finds including a small Baryonyx tooth preserved right next to a flying reptile tooth!
Polyacrodus brevistatus tooth
Baryonyx tooth next to pterosaur tooth!
More pics showing the Baryonyx tooth.
And some more.
Congratulations very nice assemblage but not convinced it's a Baryonyx tooth.
Denticles of Baryonyx resemble those in the photo not typical of other theropods. In addition the enamel is unlike other theropods and described has “finely granular" not shiny. Shape gives me a Croc look. Anyway my opinion.
Thanks for your comments TyBoy. I should point out that I especially made the light intense as to show up the fine detail as the denticles as they are microscopic, incredibly tiny. You may not be able to tell in the pics but look closely you will notice that the tooth is actually recurved, and the tooth is laterally compressed not conical like croc, more typical theropod. Evidence from finds indicate that we could be dealing with an early Baryonychid, so we need to take this into account as teeth from this age (135 MYA) are not going to be identical to the type species. Hope this helps.
Update: regarding the other tooth sitting next to the Baryonyx tooth, could be sauropod, in fact I'm confident it is sauropod. It bears close similarity to diplodocid and some apatosaurus teeth.
Imagine how many fossils of this size get missed because people dont think to look that small, amazing finds
Great comment Peystone! Yours is such an important point. I spend so long searching, looking at thousands of fossils and trying to identify each one magnifying lens handy! It's not easy. It can be a strain on the eyes and muscle aches are not uncommon. So it's nice when fellow collectors like yourself appreciate all the effort it takes to find the smaller material. Thanks.
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