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I went out yesterday for about 3 hours to the Clay Pit in Coleman County. Although this is a good place to hunt it seems to be getting more and more picked over during the last several years. We don't get a bunch of rain and it dose not erode very fast. That said I found several fragments that I left for the next group of hunters and I found one decent broken tooth and a crinoid calyx. Also found one interesting itty bitty tooth.

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Thanks for sharing these nice pictures of your trip! 

I like the crinoid calyx in particular.:)

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Cool report!

Thanks for posting it. 
Always cool to see your clay pit finds. :) 

 

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Hi there!

 

I, too, like the crinoid calyx - all I ever find that is crinoid-related around me are columnals - congrats to you!

 

I'm just wondering what the item circled in red is...

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Thanks!

 

Monica

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Hi,

 

I have seen the same thing, Monica ! :headscratch:

 

Nice petalodus !

 

Coco

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Nice finds.  Y'all should have gotten a little bit of rain yesterday and more this week so it should be nice next week.

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Monica

That is a piece of crinoid columnal. This type are common at this location.

Thanks

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Hey Carl or others. Could any off you help me ID the small tooth. Looks like a baby Claydodont (Spelling wrong)?

 

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Nice finds.  The big Petalodus, even in two pieces, is pretty nice.  I am also very intrigued by what the small tooth will be. I have at least four types of teeth from the pit but have seen faunal lists for the Harpersville and Saddle creek Formations that suggest a handful more may be found.

 

PS The Paleontological Society of Austin was there January 20th. We had about 20 members show up.  i found several decent Petalodus, lots of tooth scraps and one supper sweet tiny crinoid calyx with the arm basals. Sorry no pictures handy.  Rains a coming so hopefully it will get a good reset this week.

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36 minutes ago, thair said:

Hey Carl or others. Could any off you help me ID the small tooth. Looks like a baby Claydodont (Spelling wrong)?

 

Sure. Can you send a larger photo?

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Carl

I sent you an email with non reduced pictures. Thanks

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I would like to thank Carl for getting an ID on the little tooth. He showed it to Dr Maisey who said yes a Cladodus sensu lato'. 

Carl did I say that right?

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Excellent finds! I especially like the Petalodus and the crinoid calyx. Looks like you have to have keen vision to spot those. Love to visit that place some day before it gets totally picked over. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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13 hours ago, thair said:

I would like to thank Carl for getting an ID on the little tooth. He showed it to Dr Maisey who said yes a Cladodus sensu lato'. 

Carl did I say that right?

Yep! And what that means is that it appears to be Cladodus in the broad sense. That implies that people differ on how much to include within the genus Cladodus. In other words, depending on who you ask, it may not even be Cladodus. And either way, we can't yet tell what species it is. 

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