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    Thanks @vperez!

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    I found mine back around 2000, so maybe the area’s been picked over? It was sticking out of a small shelf of sand that ran along the water where the waves had eaten away at the beach.

    • My stuff came from a family vacation years ago. They’re actually from Casperson (?) beach just south from Venice Beach proper. I unfortunately left my car unlocked in the excitement of getting to the beach and we got robbed. Ahhh, good times.

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    I was a little graceless. Oscar, let’s just say it’s a rock but I admire your enthusiasm. Unfortunately very few dinosaurs are found in SoCal. Believe me, I was disappointed about this fact when I moved out here. However, if you’re interested in paleontology and want to find fossils I recommend checking out Shark Tooth Hill. I’ve been to Ernst…[Read more]

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    ✊ Shark Tooth Hill!

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    Congratulations! I live on the west coast and I dream of traveling to the Peace River myself. Great find!

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    @jbauer You’re asking the wrong person, lol. That’s just what it was identified to me as when I was a kid, I believe by the purveyors of a local shop selling similar teeth in Venice.

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    I agree with @mackenzie-smith. This is most likely concrete and does not have any characteristics of being fossilized bone.

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    This is a piece of chert.

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    This is a rock. It is infinitely improbable that a $65,000,000+ fossil would be unearthed with a man-made string embedded in it.

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    This is a rock

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    After researching your question online I cannot find any information suggesting tyrannosaurs had asymmetrical ears. I did learn that asymmetry in ears in owls occurs primarily in nocturnal species. But then I also didn’t find information saying tyrannosaurs were nocturnal hunters or not. Either way, it pains me to see you taping anything to a…[Read more]

    • This is clearly a cast and not an actual specimen. However this is a first generation cast and is very close to the original specimen which is the one that Nick Cage used to own. Again, the reason why I taped thin sheets of paper of the lateral temporal fenestrae is to see if they are asymmetrical or not, and they appear to be so. Also, try…[Read more]

    • Also, last I checked its illegal to own an actual Tarbosaurus skull in the United States, and all of the real ones are in museums in Mongolia.

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    Tim Collins has contributed a new specimen to myFOSSIL!

    • @tim-collins– what indicates ‘juvenile’ versus ‘adult’ in shark teeth? It can’t be size because there is variation in a single set of teeth, correct?

    • @jbauer You’re asking the wrong person, lol. That’s just what it was identified to me as when I was a kid, I believe by the purveyors of a local shop selling similar teeth in Venice.

    • @tim-collins – no problem we have others around that maybe can help. @vperez, any knowledge on this matter?

    • I would say the seller likely called it a juvenile based on size alone. Based on the tooth shape and symmetry, I would say this is likely an upper anterior tooth of Megalodon and, as you likely know, teeth of Megalodon can get much larger than this. Sometimes, juvenile teeth will retain lateral cusplets, but this is a variable feature. I actually…[Read more]

    • Thanks @vperez!

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