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Fossil Squid Beak?

Phil

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Thanks for posting this, Cuttlegirl. I've never seen anything like this on e-Bay before.

That really is a bizarre item, for one thing fossil squid beaks are rare items, and especially so beaks of this size. It could just possibly be from a giant squid of some form as the fragments have the right triangular-ish profile, but on the other hand, it's so difficult to say exactly what it is.

It would help if the listing provided some form of context for the item, as in where it was found, but there is nothing there. In fact the whole e-bay shop seems weird to me, with someone trying to sell a collection of Megalodon teeth that her deceased husband collected. His death is almost used as a selling point.

Really sorry, but the jury is out for me. Interesting spot though, thanks!
 

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I very rarely buy fossils these days, but this was exceptional. However, I'm calling a limit on $40 though. I'm going to be lucky indeed if I get through the next 90 mins on that.

Problem is, there is no context, the description says it was found in Californian bay waters. We have no method of working out what date it is, let alone tying it down to a family.

Off to bed now, I fully expect to fail (as usual).
 
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Good Luck Phil,

One of the replies from this seller said
Hello! I'd be grateful if you could send me more infos about the item, like where exactly it was found, supposed age of it; plus, may be please images...more
Jan-14-06
A: ALL SQUIDS HAVE BEAKS...IT WAS FOUND BY A DIVER IN SOUTH CAROLINA
 
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Here was the reply to my question...
Q: I am really interested in this specimen. I am wondering how you identified it as a squid beak. They are quite rare. Thank you, Jennifer
A: YES THEY ARE EXTREMELY RARE AND EXTREMELY VALUABLE....VITO HAD THEM IDENTIFIED WHEN HE WAS ALIVE..
 

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Oh, that was you Cuttlegirl?

Well, it went for $83 in the end and it looks like bidding went a little frantic in the last few moments. Good old e-Bay; the cause of many a stress related disorder!
 
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Originally posted by Phil
Oh, that was you Cuttlegirl?
Yeah, it was me... I was going to bid myself but I decided it would be hard to convince my husband... "You spent $80 on that?!?" A pretty ammonite would be one thing, but a triangular piece of black rock is another (even though I know it would be an awesome addition to my cephalopod fossil collection).

Sorry you lost out Phil.
 

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Jennifer,

If you'd really like a fossil 'squid', specimens in limestone from Solnhofen in Germany pop up every couple of weeks. You might be lucky and pick one up for $100 or so. They are not as dramatic as the beak(?), but they are nice items to put on display.

DHyslop said:
I'm glad neither of you lost your money. Looks like a grade-A scam to me.

Dan
Hmm....well, I'm not so sure that it was a scam. Looking at the pictures closely there do seem to be features present that could be the pointed rostrum and wing-like lamellae. Here's a picture to show what I mean in comparison to an Archi beak. One has to imagine the two halves rotated 90 degrees though.

Well, it's academic now really, as someone else has it. If only there was some way we could send the buyer a message to post pics here via his e-Bay account?
 

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