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Unknown Fish Fossil


Ray333

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Hello All,

I recently found this in Eagle Ford (Cretaceous) shale near to Dallas, TX. For size comparison, it is lying on a regular 8 x 11.5 inch paper, and so the animal looks to be about 7 inches long. Any ideas what it is?

Thanks!

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Looks 'fishy' to me. Sorry for the pun. Can't wait to see what the experts say about this find... and it's a good'n. BTW, Welcome to the Forum. :)

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I think it's a bony fish, but I don't have any idea which.

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It is part of a fish. I think it is going to be very difficult to tell which one. Is there any way you could post more close-up images of the fossil itself?

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I see a Pachyrhizodus minimus fish:

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I noticed how the fins look very similar...

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I'm seeing an Apsopelix fish:

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Or, perhaps a Pachyrhizodus minimus:

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Are there featues showing that make you suggest those two or is it mostly based on knowledge of the small fish swimming around at that time? I know there are some lesser common and very small fish to be found as well. I would like to become better and telling one from another.

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The long shape of the fins jumped out to me:

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Thanks for the info so far guys! Some very sharp eyes here...

Here is a more detailed closeup.

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The long shape of the fins jumped out to me:

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Thank you!

Thanks for the info so far guys! Some very sharp eyes here...

Here is a more detailed closeup.

Nice fossil! Thanks for the closeup pic.

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wow very nice fish fossil wish I could find a specimen like that most of the fish stuff I find are isolated parts and a couple of dis articulated specimens

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