This is a Bladen County North Carolina find from 3 months ago, Donoho Creek formation, late Cretaceous. Companion finds are Deinosuchus, Hadrosaur species, Dryptosaur, numerous turtle species etc. My knee jerk ID was a (very) juvenile hadrosaur ungual but it isn’t typical to the larger hadrosaur unguals I’ve seen. Would love to hear some opinions!
Wow that is a weird one! Sorry for the delayed response. I am in the field, busy busy, and had difficulty with my password and resetting my password to get onto the site. My first reaction is that it is not a dinosaur and not an ungual. I suspect that it might be a worn vertebra missing the neural arch. Not sure on species yet, but its size and shape are not consistant with a young hadrosaur ungual. Lookis like a reptilian centra except for the “anterior” end. I have a couple days off around the 4th and can look into it further then. Love a good mystery!!!
Thanks for taking a look Walter. When I found this I initially thought it was an incomplete vert of some sort as well but leaned towards an ungual after taking a good look at it. The “bottom surface is worn but does appear to have some of the original surface. The anterior end looks (to me) like most other reptilian unguals I’ve seen online; we don’t see many of these in NC so an expert I am most certainly not. I did have the paleontologist at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences take a look at it and he felt it was an ungual but didn’t have any idea as to a species.
Thanks again for your time and any further info you might have would be greatly appreciated!