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I was out poking around in the Escondido Formation, Maastrichtian, Texas, and found my trip maker early in the trip. I spotted an ammonite keel poking out of the mud, and was hopeful that it wasn't a heartbreaker. Tugging on the keel, I felt the resistance of a large slab deep in the mud. With a couple back and forth tugs, it popped out.

There was a blob of matrix off to one side, which I almost popped off with my hammer to lighten the load....good thing I didn't. Once I flipped the perfect 14.5 inch Sphenodiscus c.f. pleurisepta, I could see that there was a 6 inch example of the same genus adhered to it.

This whole experience went down perfectly - scarce taxon, large for species, bonus hitch hiker, killer sutures, no chiseling required, wonderful preservation overall. As much as I enjoy prep work, experience has taught me to leave some fossils as found. This is one of those finds. A hose blast and plastic brush brought all the prep work this wonderful display specimen will ever see.

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Daniel A. Wöhr aus Südtexas

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Sutures

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Daniel A. Wöhr aus Südtexas

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Now that is about the neatest thing I have ever seen, like----Tom

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Oh man! The sutures are 1st class... and a hitchhiker too! I need to start looking harder for those elusive Aturia. Awesome find.

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Wow! Just Wow! I agree about not prepping that one...I might uncover the umbilicus a little but stunning just like it is. It looks like both have most if not all of the body chamber intact too since the sutures seem to stop abruptly with plenty of whorl length after them. I also wonder if these are male and female since some researchers think there is a big difference in sizes between them. They are so involute it's hard to tell how many whorls are present to compare ages.

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That's a beaut!

Tough one to display though.....do you go sutures or hitchhiker? Or you can just rotate it every few weeks. :P

~Charlie~

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bob- good observation on body chamber. i was curious if anyone would pick up on this subtlety from pics.

charley- maybe sutures out with a mirror behind junior?

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Daniel A. Wöhr aus Südtexas

"To the motivated go the spoils."

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Maybe build a stand that rotates slowly to display it?

A fossil hunter needs sharp eyes and a keen search image, a mental template that subconsciously evaluates everything he sees in his search for telltale clues. -Richard E. Leakey

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Wow! what an awesome find Dan, Congrats!

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That is real sweet. Bonus, as my nephews used to say.

I'm always up for a little paleo lagniappe.......

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Daniel A. Wöhr aus Südtexas

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Super-cool!

Thanks for posting it, Dan.

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The O'Discus clan: Sven Sr. and Sven Jr. ^_^

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Mua ha ha! Found a little late for the Nordic St. Patrick's Day...

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Daniel A. Wöhr aus Südtexas

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That is really cool Dan!!! I can only imagine the excitement you felt at the moment you realized the 2nd one!!!

RB

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Stunning! What a terrific find. Congrats! :thumbsu:

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