mystery fossil

Tim at Tim at
Fri Apr 14 15:59:42 CDT 2006


It is not often that someone comes through the door with something for
us to identify that stumps all of us!  This fossil came from an
engineering company that was excavating for a parking lot in South
Carolina.  I have no further informationat this time except that the
owner (not us) wants to retain it.  Could this be from a marine fish?
The "teeth" at the ends are enamel and are splitting apart. The smaller
"teeth" along the U-shaped shaft also appear to have a thin enamel layer.

An identification would be much appreciated.  Two immages are posted at
the following website:

Please excuse the cross posting.


Everett D. (Tim) Cashatt, Ph.D.
Chair and Curator of Zoology
Illinois State Museum
Research and Collection Center
1011 E. Ash Street
Springfield, IL  62703
Tel. (217) 782-6689
FAX  (217) 785-2857

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