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Strange fish fossil from Gainesville, Florida

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jikohr

Greetings fellow fossil enthusiasts!

 

I don't know what this thing is. I've shown it to several other fossil guys in Houston and they don't know what it is either. I think it's from a fish of some sort, other than that I have no idea. I found it in Hogtown Creek in Gainesville so it's probably Late Miocene-Pliocene. Scale bar is in Millimeters. Any help is greatly appreciated. 

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fossilized6s

Looks like a 'tilly' bone. 

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Brett Breakin' Rocks

Yes, @fossilized6s has it.  Try this thread .. it has a more complete example of your find.  I find these fish elements often on the river in Savannah.  Found 2 today actually.  To be fair, what I'd like is to find exactly where on the skull this originated. 

 

 

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caldigger

No picture Brett. Just a frowny face page icon.

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jikohr

Thanks for the input!

After looking at the thread and google I'm still a little confused what a "tilly" bone is. Is it basically just a deformed bone? If so is there any way to tell what the original bone was (skull, vertebrae etc.)?

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Brett Breakin' Rocks
Just now, jikohr said:

Is it basically just a deformed bone?

Essentially yes, an abnormal growth.  To be fair these particular skull elements have confused me, I find them often but nailing down a position and placement has always eluded me. One day I will figure it.

 

Brief definition:

https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/fishes/hyperostosis-swollen-bones/

 

Named in honor of: Tilly Edinger

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilly_Edinger

 

Cheers,

Brett

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jikohr

Thanks!

I wish you much luck in solving the mystery of the Tilly!

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