FOSSILS OF NEW JERSEY
Coprolites and Vertebrae
Commonality - Less common
Along with shark teeth you are bound to pick up vertebrae and coprolites (yes, shark sh_t). The vertebrate of the shark is not bone but calcified cartilage which makes fossilization a more likely event. Shark vertebrae is distinguished by its round shape and concentric circular markings on the surface. Shark coprolites have a spiral effect to them and are usually pointed at one end.
Shark coprolite and vertebra
Shark vertebra is round with concentric circles. By
Profile of a shark vertebra.
The vertebra of the angle shark has calcified
cartilage on the
The spiral effect shows up nicely on this
Shark coprolite will often look "flattened". This is
simply the result
At a little over an inch in diameter, this is my