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TOPIC: Gar Scale Fossils

Gar Scale Fossils 1 year 5 months ago #114719

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Had a little time to hunt today and found the 3 bigger ones. The smaller one Cody found on Sunday. These are a first for us. They are kinda neat :-)

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Gar Scale Fossils 1 year 5 months ago #114728

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In what context were these found?
In or near a creek/river or high and dry...

I have some that date to upper and lower Cretaceous.


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It is a "Rock" when it's on the ground.
It is a "Specimen" when picked up and taken home.
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Gar Scale Fossils 1 year 5 months ago #115014

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I got your PM, well you guys I will go out on a limb here and say these are not ancient.
They may look old but gar scales can be tricky.
Most fossil ones I have found are either deep brown/black and all have been embedded in stoney matrix.
But of course I can see where fossil comes to mind, especially with the red ones.

BTW: I have only dug 1 ever in context with NA artefacts and it was chalk white.
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It is a "Rock" when it's on the ground.
It is a "Specimen" when picked up and taken home.
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Gar Scale Fossils 1 year 5 months ago #115538

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Bone2stone wrote:
I got your PM, well you guys I will go out on a limb here and say these are not ancient.
They may look old but gar scales can be tricky.
Most fossil ones I have found are either deep brown/black and all have been embedded in stoney matrix.
But of course I can see where fossil comes to mind, especially with the red ones.

BTW: I have only dug 1 ever in context with NA artefacts and it was chalk white.
Jess B.

What do you mean by ancient? They look like the ones I find when I Google fossilized gar fish scales.
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Gar Scale Fossils 1 year 4 months ago #115852

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Rock Angel wrote:
Bone2stone wrote:
I got your PM, well you guys I will go out on a limb here and say these are not ancient.
They may look old but gar scales can be tricky.
Most fossil ones I have found are either deep brown/black and all have been embedded in stoney matrix.
But of course I can see where fossil comes to mind, especially with the red ones.

BTW: I have only dug 1 ever in context with NA artefacts and it was chalk white.
Jess B.

What do you mean by ancient? They look like the ones I find when I Google fossilized gar fish scales.

I have found 100's of them in various scenarios.
Not ancient less than 100 years old.
I say not ancient in that if found loose and near a body of water that has gars in swimming in it,
well most fishermen when they catch one they destroy them and do not allow them back into the water.
Leaving the catch to rot away on the shoreline or nearby.
The largest gar I ever caught weighed in at 136 lbs caught in the Trinity river.
Just remember gar scales can be tricky.

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Gar Scale Fossils 1 year 4 months ago #116034

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I have seen a few of those in my day. Not very old, however they were used as arrow points by late cultures.
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