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Nj River Find - ID help - Hadrosaur Skull?


LawdogGRNJ

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My amature guess is Hadrosaurus foulkii egg just shy of hatching. But really no clue. 

 

There appears to be mummified/fossilized soft tissue too.  I stoped working on it to prevent any further loss of potential scientific data. 

 

My son and I almost tossed this thinking it was just another horn coral! (See last photo)

 

 

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Also...do I need to coat this somehow to keep it together....only 2 days out of the river. 

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Hi,

 

I agree with the others. No shell texture, no egg shape, no bone trace, therefore no fossil, no egg. We are far from being able to give a name of genus or species since it is not.

 

It would be appreciated if you use an international measure, in cm or inches, because the size of your coin speaks only to Americans, and not to very many foreigners. Nothing will ever be worth a size clearly stated ;)

 

Coco

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Thanks all. 

 

I'll have to find a printable scale and take a few more pictures this evening. 

 

To clarify, I'm not suggesting that this is an egg, but more the embryonic skull from one, no egg remaining. 

 

I've had many iron concretion pass through my screens and this is not it. There are too many details that are not mineral. 

 

I know how it sounds, but this thing is different. I'll see what I can do to better capture some of the features that just don't match geological. 

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The chances of this being an "embryonic skull" are beyond astronomical.

 

It could possibly be something fossilized, but I would lean more towards a shell than bone.

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I can see what vaguely looks like a hadrosaur skull.

But there is no real bilateral symmetry, no bone texture, and no skull morphology.

But it is only Pareidolia. Matrix makes up the bulk of what you are seeing as a skull.

The brown part is fossil something, perhaps, but the rest is matrix.

 

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On 7/10/2024 at 12:23 PM, LawdogGRNJ said:

I'll have to find a printable scale

Have a look in my signature ;)

 

Coco

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OUTIL POUR MESURER VOS FOSSILES : ici

Ma bibliothèque PDF 1 (Poissons et sélaciens récents & fossiles) : ici
Ma bibliothèque PDF 2 (Animaux vivants - sans poissons ni sélaciens) : ici
Mâchoires sélaciennes récentes : ici
Hétérodontiques et sélaciens : ici
Oeufs sélaciens récents : ici
Otolithes de poissons récents ! ici

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Hi, I agree that this is possibly a bivalve steinkern or similar, from one  direction looking remarkably like a tiny adult hadrsosaur head. Not at all what an embryonic head would look like.

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J

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