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Could this be a fossil?


Murman

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Found this washed up on the beach in Surf City yesterday. I have no clue what it could be. If it’s a fossil, I’d love for someone to identify it for me. I can delete this if it’s not. Thanks

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It certainly looks like a fossil, and some of our North Carolina folk should be around to tell you something more precise. In future, you might want to use a ruler or tape measure for scale as most of the world do not use US quarters. ;) Oh, and even if this turns out not to be a fossil, please do not delete the topic: it has informative value for the future as someone else may find a similar looking item. :) 

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Looks like an osteoderm or scute.  Maybe turtle neural element?

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I have quite a few of these, I always assumed they were turtle

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yes... turtle neural plate.  Piece of the shell that fits right on top of a vertebra.  The ridge on the inside actually connects to the vert.  

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1 hour ago, Fin Lover said:

Looks like an osteoderm or scute.  Maybe turtle neural element?

I think you hit the nail on the head! It looks exactly like one of the ones along the center of this turtle fossil. Thanks for your help.

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Yep, +1 for turtle neural bone.  I've found a few of these.  Nice find!

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