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Fossil found on Assateague Island, Va


cruisermike

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cruisermike

I found this fossil rolling around in the surf on Assateague Island in May of 1994. I thought it looked like a mantis shrimp but It's never been confirmed. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You.

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Welcome to TFF!

It looks like it could be, but let's wait for some other opinions before You call it one.

Tony

:popcorn:

PS if it is that is one sweet find!!

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The shells behind it are beautifully in focus. If you could re-shoot focusing on the fossil, we could be better at guessing.

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I don't think there is evidence enough to say that it is.

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Fossildude19

Hello, and welcome to the Forum. :)

Unfortunately, the pictures posted are too blurry to tell - I cannot see any detail to the exoskeleton, which should have some texture to it.

Try taking the pictures outside, in daylight. Take them from a few different distances, and figure out which is best for detail and focus.

If you are using a camera, try using the macro mode feature (little tulip looking icon) .

Regards,

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finderskeepers

I think its more likely a fossil mud lobster from the body segmentation. Ive seen some similar to the one you have. What are the fossils dimensions?

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cruisermike

The fossil is located at my beach house, that is rented thru August. I won't be able to re photograph it until the end of summer. It's about 4 inches long and around 3/4 of an inch wide. The reason I thought it was a Mantis Shrimp was that several have been found on Assateague in recent years and identified as such. I was unfamiliar with the mud lobster but after looking it up, that is certainly a possibility. Too bad more of the fossil wasn't intact. Thanks to all for your help. I also have some belemnites and a few other things that I found in the C&D canal spoil piles. I will photograph them after August, as well.

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The fossil is located at my beach house, that is rented thru August. I won't be able to re photograph it until the end of summer. It's about 4 inches long and around 3/4 of an inch wide. The reason I thought it was a Mantis Shrimp was that several have been found on Assateague in recent years and identified as such. I was unfamiliar with the mud lobster but after looking it up, that is certainly a possibility. Too bad more of the fossil wasn't intact. Thanks to all for your help. I also have some belemnites and a few other things that I found in the C&D canal spoil piles. I will photograph them after August, as well.

:popcorn::popcorn:

Tony

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