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Found this while looking for sharks teeth at the pond in Summerville SC anyone know what it could be?

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It's a vertebrae, possibly shark.

What is the size of it?

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EDIT: Link to Shark Vertebrae pictures.

Looks like shark to me.

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It looks too hollow and long to be a shark to me, but that's just my first impression. Its definitely a fish though.

All the shark verts I've found are short, stubby and almost solid around the edges.

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It is about a half of an inch long and wide. I found a couple around the same size in a new construction area with a man-made pond (pond has no fish in it as of yet)

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The surface looks more like cartilage than bone to me, so I say shark. There are different width shark verts depending on where they come from in the spinal column.

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All the shark verts I have found in the Round Mountain Silt formation (Shark Tooth Hill) have been of this variety. I have yet to come across any of the flat solid type. Sure looks like shark vertebra to me.

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Here's a good reference pic of a few shark verts. Judging from this, it very well can be a shark!

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Sorry for the misinformation, as i was going off of what i have just found personally.

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thanks guys!! you are all helping me learn!! now i know what a shark vertebrae looks like! eeek! i feel smarter and I will know another one when i see it!! this is very exciting for me! love my new hobby!

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is there a way to find out what kind of shark they come from when I find them?

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I don't think you can identify specimens from a vert. At least that's what I was told when I posted my shark vert on here. I've read that the age of the shark may be determined by how many rings are in it. But its unclear whether the measurement is in terms of years or not.

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There are numerous distinctive types of shark vertebral centra. Your specimen looks like a scyliorhinoid type centrum. Overall shape of the centrum, size and surface pore distribution, and size and shape of the foramina can be used to distinguish different scyliorhinoid centra. However it takes a real expert to distinguish them.

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nice shark vert and if you have associated pieces than ever cooler~!

You say this was at a man made pond right, is there any way for you to dig/sift the dirt? if so you need to get going on building a bigger sifter and get at it~!!!!!!

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I agree with Mike. If it possible to sift the dirt (sand, gravel, mud, or whatever) do it! You never know what you may find!

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Actually I think I can! I work for the property that I have been finding these at and they just all smile at me when I bring something in at work and tell me to keep looking so I will def. ask if I can dig!

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pick up a couple of funny looking rocks to show them.

When they see you jumping up and down Don't show them that Great White shark tooth your going to find.

simply say "Wow look at these neat rocks" and they will leave you be.

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I know of folks that love to colelct at new drainage ponds in Summerville as they are being built in a new home development. Sometimes they are able to get permission from the builder to hunt/dig in the banks around the edge of the pond. Once the construction is complete, they usually seed it and close off access. Good luck - hope you are able to dig/sift and find some real goodies.

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