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Reptiles (Reptilia)

Most reptile remains in the area are scrappy bone and tooth fragments which cannot be properly identified. The more common bones that can be found are vertebrae and osteoderms/scutes. Most of the reptile remains are very similar in appearance and can be hard to identify to genus, let alone species. The reptiles that are “always” found are turtles, mosasaurs, gharial-like crocodiles, and plesiosaurs. Very rarely can others be found such as Champsosaurs (these are crocodile-like forms that are rarely found in marine environments). The mosasaur teeth are something that collectors really hope to find when hunting NJ; they are like the equivalent of finding a Meg at Calvert Cliffs but are rarer.








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