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Can anyone help me identify this? Looks like a shelled reptile, with a long snout.

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I can't see anything at all beyond a normal looking piece of weathered rock.

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It is a rock.

 

It is definitely a rock.

 

There is no way in which it is anything other than a rock.

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Any thoughts? It seems to have soft tissue in place as well.

Its a plain rock. Keep in mind that an age of a rock you find here and there can be easly a few hundred milion years. You might be able to find rocks just laying around which are a couple of bilion years old which is nothing out of the ordinary.

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William - where was the rock found? It is an important question when identifying a suspected fossil as it rules out a lot and can age the rock easily by looking at the surrounding rock.

 

So, where did it come from? Do you know the age of the surrounding rock layer it came from?


The brown layer could be something bone - but it looks like a mineral layer at first glance. Again - location can tell you what to look for (bones from the same areas tend to be the same colour due to the types of rock they are mineralised in).

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Check out the bones in these rocks I found. The bones are the black bits set into the rocks. The rocks from the area they were found are about 135 MYO from the cretaceous period. There have been many Iguanodon, Raptor, Neovenator and crocodile bone finds around the area. I think they are probably Iguanodon but I am nor certain.

 

 


And here are my Ichthyosaur bits. They are from the Jurassic coast. The verts are huge. there are also some ribs, flippers and some coprolite. I've got some jaw bits somewhere too. (I didn't find these ones myself)

 

There is also a 260MYO (Permian?) Lizard, apparently Chinese. I think he's a pretty cool little fella. :) My posts were merged - to clarify, I only found the rocks in the first picture myself.

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Thanks Dr P.

 

I PM'd the info you requested. Nice collection you have going.

 

Here are a few more pics. Including a couple other things I'm trying to ID.

 

 

Check out the bones in these rocks I found. The bones are the black bits set into the rocks. The rocks from the area they were found are about 135 MYO from the cretaceous period. There have been many Iguanodon, Raptor, Neovenator and crocodile bone finds around the area. I think they are probably Iguanodon but I am nor certain.

 

 


And here are my Ichthyosaur bits. They are from the Jurassic coast. The verts are huge. there are also some ribs, flippers and some coprolite. I've got some jaw bits somewhere too. (I didn't find these ones myself)

 

There is also a 260MYO (Permian?) Lizard, apparently Chinese. I think he's a pretty cool little fella. :) My posts were merged - to clarify, I only found the rocks in the first picture myself.

 

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Hi William, I think you should share the info here really. From what you told me it probably is just a rock rather than a fossil. But still interesting. These other rocks of yours look igneous too.

 

Look at some of these images of igneous rocks. They some have layers of minerals in them of different colours.

 

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg:CQqVP5F6qrKZIjjUiyw0IyE80A4-wPYYUoZvWh8WH2oOnZKlnf5CT1VasoWWkyG0-rgXScK_15N-Uam-MqrGXPREPHSoSCdSLLDQjITzQEVC2HeAZS3eDKhIJDj7A9hhShm8RnT17vwO53yYqEglaHxYfag6dkhG3JIY0UH9HNyoSCaWd_1kJPVVqyEakgziEotpg6KhIJhZaTIbT6uBcRa3gvQ6ey1UsqEglJwr_1k35RqbxEinxV9uXAfvSoSCYyqsZc9EQ8dEXIQEz6E7II6&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjziKKt0rfTAhXJPhQKHbSTCO4Q9C8IGw&biw=1517&bih=735&dpr=0.9


Do some research on places where fossils are known to be found, or look a geological map of the rocks in the area in your country and you should be able to work out where to go and look for fossils. You might even have to go on holiday for a few days to go and find them. You want Cretaceous, Triassic or Jurassic rocks really for the fun dinosaur finds... or permian for some really interesting pre dinosaur animal finds. Then there are the marine layers. :) Some layers just don't have animals in because there weren't any around.... or the rock was formed benieth the earth and pushed up - so no animals could have died and fossilised in it.

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