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Devil's Toenails (was RE: SVP Preview)



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> longrich@alumni.princeton.edu
>
> I picked up some
> "devil's toenails" (Mancos Shale oysters of genus... hell, I'm a vert
> guy, I'm happy just to know its a mollusk)

Pycnodonte newberyii, one of the gryphaeids (or "coiled oysters").

Incidentally, check out the following concerning preservation of color
banding in these guys:
http://pbisotopes.ess.sunysb.edu/lig/Conferences/abstracts-01/bennington/ben
nigton_abstr.html


                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                Vertebrate Paleontologist
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University of Maryland          College Park Scholars
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