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Crazyhen

This specimen was said to be a dinosaur skin fossil.  There is no information on the locality. What do you think?

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bcfossilcollector

I agree with the other members in this post. This particular specimen does not look like any of the dinosaur skin impressions identified as such, from North America. It is very interesting though. 

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Carl

Definitely more likely to be ornamented bone from a fish that any kind of skin.

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LordTrilobite

That's definitely a type of skull. Likely fish.

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Rockwood

Is the bone tetrapod looking enough to warrant consideration of a stem tetrapod such as Greererpeton ?

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Crazyhen

I was just told by the seller that the fossil specimen is from Xinjiang Province, China.

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Renaud

It couldn't be a turtle skull bone (paretial)? Some turtles have an ornamented skull too like somes fishes.

 

It's the case for Solemydidae (like Naomichelys speciosa from the Albian of North America and Helochelydra nopcsai from the Barremian of the Isle of Wight).

 

 

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Crazyhen

I have consulted a Chinese fish fossil expert and he just confirmed that this piece belongs to the skull shield of a placoderm species.  Thanks all for your advice.

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