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PaleoNoel
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Hi everyone! I came across this little piece as I was sorting through some of the anthill matrix I brought back from Wyoming's Lance formation. When I first found it, I must not have recognized it as a partial claw as it ended up alongside other odds and ends (fragments of bone, gar scales & other misc. fossils) at the bottom of a pill bottle where I had deposited all of my pickings. This week, however, I emptied that pill bottle to see what was inside in order to organize all the micros I found from this locality (which will get its own post eventually). It's evident to me that this is a claw given it's pair of blood grooves, but it's far and away the smallest in my collection thus far at only 3 mm in length and 2 mm wide. I'm sure it may be a long shot for a definitive ID, but I wanted to see what opinions you all had. And for what it's worth, the flat base and lack of curvature makes it look similar to my ornithomimid claw from the Judith River. 

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These next two focused more on the forceps than the claw unfortunately, will retake these soon. 

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Troodon

Tough to ID micro claws but I don't get a theropod vibe with it especially with that concave proximal end.  

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PaleoNoel
13 hours ago, Troodon said:

Tough to ID micro claws but I don't get a theropod vibe with it especially with that concave proximal end.  

I thought that was odd too, but I wasn't sure if it was a result of breaking or, if it was from a young individual, an unfused bone. I can't really tell what it could be from otherwise.  

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baby thescelosaur/pachy?

 

 

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Profile wrong for thesc/pachy.  None have a concave proximal end 

Here is a baby claw

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I get a reptlian vibe on it ?

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