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cngodles

I love and hate finding large fossils. They are really interesting and striking to look at, but I have a hard time getting an ID on them.

 

I dug a huge piece of limestone out of the hill and split it into three with a sledge hammer. After the heat this weekend, they were easy to pick apart. Yesterday, out popped this piece. There is another one I found today that I will be posting after this one.

 

This piece has several wavy ridges. The shell material looks pearly, and perhaps some calcite replacement has happened. There was a piece of shell stuck on the mold portion as well. I'm seeing about 6 distinct ridges. Anyone know what it might be?

 

Before I removed it from the rock:

 

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Several views after removing, trying to show the ridges:

 

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hemipristis

This one tickles a memory from my distant past....  Mollusk.  Let me dig on this one too

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cngodles

From what I'm reading, Carboniferous Oysters are small, so I'll say Mollusk as well. I went though the Index Fossils of North America and tried to find a match, but most things were Triassic to Cretaceous.

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REW01
1 hour ago, cngodles said:

From what I'm reading, Carboniferous Oysters are small, so I'll say Mollusk as well. I went though the Index Fossils of North America and tried to find a match, but most things were Triassic to Cretaceous.

Both clams and oysters belong to phylum Mollusca, class Bivalvia. 

 

Im afraid I don’t have any suggestions on a possible identification for you but the link here will take you to the digital atlas of ancient life which may be helpful. 

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cngodles

This might be a Cephalopod as well. A friend of mine suggested Metacoceras or Tainoceras. The ridges could be the nodes.

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