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Dermal Plate?


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Really not sure about this specimen I found in some of the matrix from the recent trip I went on. The matrix is Eocene, Castle Hayne Formation, North Carolina. This particular lump of matrix was extracted from an area with a lot of washout. The specimen is about 5 mm by 2.5 mm. I did the best with the pic's. Lighting just not good for me today, one of those days. :) I am wondering if this is a dermal plate. I am still trying to finish removing the sediment from all the holes in it. It is odd, has all these tiny raised areas protruding from it on the sides, under the light some of them are almost transparent, amber colored. Then I started thinking maybe a little skull cap of some sorts. Any thoughts are appreciated.

2nd pic is from other side..

Lib

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I may be way off track, but it seems echinodermish...

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Libby girl, now that is just weird. hope you find out what it is----Tom

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It's a fish bone. Probably an operculum or preoperculum. A lot of fish have ornamentation on the bones on the side of the head.

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Very cool and nice find. Sometimes the small stuff is pretty neat.

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I may be way off track, but it seems echinodermish...

Thank you Auspex. Interesting!

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Libby girl, now that is just weird. hope you find out what it is----Tom

Is kinda weird looking. I have found more parts of it in the matrix chunk.

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It's a fish bone. Probably an operculum or preoperculum. A lot of fish have ornamentation on the bones on the side of the head.

Ah ha! Al Dente, thanks a bunch! It is so different than other specimens which I have found at other locations. Thanks for the info too.

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Very cool and nice find. Sometimes the small stuff is pretty neat.

Hi redj! Thanks. The small stuff is so cool! I am moving my collecting into micro's...

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