mystery fossil

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Sat Apr 15 05:31:04 CDT 2006

It is the invertebrate equivalent to Piltdown Man.
We have no real idea of size, but those teeth-like things
look like some of the boar's tusks I've seen when I
was in Africa.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug Yanega" <dyanega at UCR.EDU>
Sent: Friday, April 14, 2006 3:50 PM
Subject: Re: mystery fossil

> >Colleagues:
>>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.
> To me it looks man-made, in all honesty. Especially considering that
> it is not an impression fossil, nor - quite clearly - was it embedded
> in a rock matrix and removed (if there was a matrix, it must have
> been soft enough to simply wash free, from the look of the
> "specimen"), it must be a young object. It definitely doesn't look to
> be of biological origin; any organism I've ever seen which possesses
> rows of denticles somewhere in its anatomy (teeth or otherwise) has
> them all in the same orientation, or at least *some* regular pattern,
> not randomly oriented, randomly inclined, and of random shapes and
> sizes. Maybe some high school art class project?
> Peace,
> --
> Doug Yanega        /Dept. of Entomology         /Entomology Research
> Museum
> Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521-0314
> phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
>   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
>         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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