December 31, 2016 at 6:22 pm #16935
Found this recently on Myrtle Beach while searching for fossils. Thought at first was a sponge or Bryozoa until everyone started saying it looked like a brain (right!!!). Here are a couple of pictures and some magnified images and would appreciate any help. I can’t see typical Zooid but more of what appears to be tangles (sorry for poor descriptions). Fossil is 5cm by 5cm by 3.5cm. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks….LanceDecember 31, 2016 at 10:54 pm #16940Jack KallmeyerModeratorJanuary 1, 2017 at 3:17 pm #16941
I am at a loss…..January 1, 2017 at 8:16 pm #16942Jim ChandlerParticipant
How heavy is it? Does it float?January 2, 2017 at 7:57 am #16943January 2, 2017 at 10:06 am #16948
Wow. I am still flummoxed – but I see why you might think brain….., though I’m going to nix that. Might it be some kind of ossified bone? Fish can get some pretty weird ossified bone.January 2, 2017 at 11:29 am #16949Jim ChandlerParticipant
I agree it looks like some kind of bone, especially in your close up views. Look at this website showing microscopic images of bones. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/311241024224539876/
Some place like the Smithsonian could help you to identify it. Keep us posted.
JimJanuary 2, 2017 at 8:45 pm #16950
@jkallmeyer @lmccall @jim-chandler With your help I believe I have figured this one out. I believe it is a fossil Tilly Bone (Hyperostosic Bone) from a large bony fish. What do you think. Here is a magnified picture from http://lakeneosho.org/Fossil/index.html, which looks very similar to mine. Thanks….LanceJanuary 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm #16952
I think you nailed it!January 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm #16953Jack KallmeyerModerator
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