Diadectes sp. Skull, Roane County West Virginia

The specimen was found in April, 1970, by Jeffrey Sommerville, 10, and Jimmy Stewart, 12. The skull, CM 24127, was found lying on the muddy bank of Reedy Creek a half mile south of the town of Reedy and just west of State Route 14 in Roane County, West Virginia. The only sediments exposed in this region are of the Washington formation, Dunkard group, lower Permian. The skull had undoubtedly been transported by Reedy Creek at least some distance from its original site of deposition and the only clue to its precise stratigraphic origin is the sandstone of which it is composed. The skull is an internal mold of the skull and mandibles, consisting of a medium-grained, slightly micaceous sandstone. All bones that surrounded or penetrated the sandstone matrix filling of the skull and jaws have weathered away completely, but imprints of some of the sutures are visible. The total absence of bone in this specimen is probably the result of dissolution by ground water prior to areal exposure. Despite the unusual nature of preservation, this internal mold faithfully reproduces the gross features of skull and lower jaw, all of which conform very closely to those present in the family Diadectidae.

This specimen is 4 5/8 long x 3.5 wide x 2.75 high inches 



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Diadectes sp. Skull, Roane County West Virginia 

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4 5/8 x 3.5 x 2.75 inches
Item 1373 

Category: Replicas
Type: Skulls
Phylum: Vertebrates
Class: Reptiles

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