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  1. I was just there today. I'll post some pictures soon. Check out this website http://americanfossilhunt.com/. In his book, Andrew details some locations to visit. It's a useful resource for beginners. It's hard work slogging through the overgrown plants and steep hills, but concretions are still out there to be found. Cheers, Rich
  2. Yet Another Phytosaur Prep

    Very nice. We don’t have gophers here but the rabbits are a nightmare. I put chicken wire around my leafy plants to keep the little devils out. That’s to keep the part time readers guessing.
  3. Mystery Tree, Bark and Leaves!

    Trees are plants, but the apparent transverse fracturing would tend to indicate that it is xylic in nature. So a tree branch.
  4. So a bit of newbie advice please I keep my fossil collection on an bookshelf. Exposed to the indoor elements (heating etc) as it was. Mainly fish and plants with a few Trilobites and Ammonites Am thinking mainly in terms of the fish and plants. Is there any chance that part of the fossil will flake off the matrix? Would some sort of lacquer spray offer better protection? If so, any suggestions?
  5. Cherokee Valley, Catoosa (Pointers?)

    So I recently decided to look at this log of sites I got from quick a search on the internet to get some ideas of a new place to hunt (Yes, old info I know, but any helps!): http://fossilspot.com/STATES/GA.HTM I was particularly interested in a certain group of listed places residing in Cherokee Valley, claiming that there are some Missisipian deposits, including but not limited to plants. The website claims that the sites are ~1 km north of GA 41. After some tireless searching on Maps, I think I've narrowed the area down to this: Any second opinions on the area and possible finds? Thanks in advance!
  6. Let's see your latest mailbox score!

    He was really prolific artist and worked to the end. I have one book and it is lovely it is called Prehistoric Plants and Animals. There has been definitely more was available.
  7. Question on Taxonomy

    Hi, I have looked through the internet and couldn't find information on this and thought maybe someone passing through could give me and quick answer. Why things share similar words in latin when sometimes they are not related at all. For example Dickin(Sonia) ( a flat Ediacaran animal ) Dick(Sonia) ( a tree fern ) Cook(Sonia) ( one of the first vascular plants ) These are three different species that share not too much. (aside from everything is connected) Or another example is: Archaeo(therium) ( a boar like predator in the Miocene ) Kayenta(therium) ( a semi-aquatic rodentoid from early Jurassic) Mega(therium) ( a huge land sloth from early Pliocene ) Balochi(therium) ( huge hornless rhino from oligocene) However like the Therium family above, this simply means mammal or marsupial. Sonia contains animals and plants. And unlike Therium I still have no explanation for Sonia. If anyone knows, please let me know.
  8. Arizona Miocene Plants 2nd Trip

    Here are some more lake wetland Miocene plant fossils from NE of Phoenix. I found large outcrops of silicified reeds in growth position. I found several pieces of palm: a first for this area. Photos 1 & 2: palm. Photos 3 & 4: top and bottom of reeds. Photos 5 & 6: more reeds.
  9. Oxford Show

    Lots of plants on my stall Didn’t see any fish but there may have been.
  10. Lycopsid 'bark' pattern - gurus needed

    One of the difficulties of that website is getting to the photo plates easily. I did download the latest versions in a pdf form which is helpful but there is a LOT of info there and it is sometimes difficult to locate things easily. Not all plants have photo plates either.
  11. Lycopsid 'bark' pattern - gurus needed

    I'm surprised no one has tagged the plant specialists. @paleoflor @fiddlehead @Plantguy I would also suggest searching forum member RomanK' s content. He is no longer very active, but has posted many great topics on carboniferous plants.
  12. Lycopsid 'bark' pattern - gurus needed

    Well, it has been posted here many times. I usually just bookmark links like these to my web browser. The issue with this resource is that it is very old, and no longer accurate or correct in many of the ID's it makes. Not sure we should pin something that out of date. It can certainly be posted under Fossils on the Web subforum. I would suggest posting as many tags as are relevant, so that it comes up easily in a Forum Search. "carboniferous fossil plants". "resource for ID" "ID fossil plants" "carboniferous", "pennsylvanian", "mississippian"
  13. Oxford Show

    Were there any stand out items for sale? In particular fish and plants.
  14. Jess Thank you so much for sharing all of that information. I have found the members of the forum to be the best resource I have for information. That extends to the programs themselves, not just the fossils. I got about 20 kits done today and each of those had a STH tooth, a Moroccan tooth, a Crinoid stem and a gastropod. We have been extremely lucky with getting donations so far. That has really helped us put the kits together. We had about 200 teeth we were going to give away but with all of the donations, we can make kits. I think the kids will like a diversity. TFF members have been adding to extras to handful of purchases I have made through members here too so we do have a good number of fossils. My son and I will purchasing another lot of Moroccan teeth to add to the mix at the end of the month. i had not even thought of ray teeth but that is a great one to add. I have seen pretty cheap lots of them on online. Plants are a good idea too. I may try to be a few fish too just to mix in on occasion. Maybe some cheap Trilobites too. I know exactly what you mean lol This was really helpful and I will read this again some when it comes time to do more. Kurt
  15. I have also made fossil kits in the past. They were based on kits that were commercially available when I started collecting fossils thirty years ago. I think there were two or three companies that were doing it but I'm not sure if anyone still does it. I have made kits with ten fossils each for family and friends and I've also sold some at garage sales and to a local natural history item store. The commercially available ones were priced at $10 and tended to have some decent fossils along with some partials that would be less identifiable to the average person (e.g. half a trilobite). The ones I made had fossils that had to each look like something. I sold mine for $10 too and rapidly saw that the trick was to find fossils cheap enough that I didn't find myself selling $10 kits with fossils I spent $20 on. I did salt the kits for family and friends with more substantial fossils but I was giving those away and didn't care about about at least breaking even there. What this means, of course, is that I had to find fossils that cost about 50 cents each to make it worth my time and that's not easy especially when I'm trying to represent several different groups with decent examples. Part of it was easy because I included specimens I found myself and they essentially cost me zero unless I really thought about the gas, the time, and the motel if I was out for a couple of days. I used to collect in the Sharktooth Hill Bonebed so I had shark teeth from there and echinoids from a few sites but to get ten different I was either going to have to arrange some trades or find stuff cheap at shows. I was able to do both. I used to go to the Tucson and Denver shows every year plus some up and down California. Over time I've been able to find sources for specimens I haven't found myself. Here's a list of different fossils I have included with my kits. Shark teeth - I tend to include two different sharks: one tends to be from the STH Bonebed; the other tends to be from Florida or Morocco because those happen to be places I can get shark teeth from the easiest. Sometimes, one of teeth is from somewhere else like the Late Cretaceous of New Jersey or the Paleocene of Maryland for variety. Kids like sharks so they don't mind getting two of them Ray tooth - I have included a bat ray tooth from Florida or a Rhombodus tooth from Morocco to replace a shark tooth or other fossil in some bags for variety. I've included a dermal denticle (Late Miocene of Florida) instead of a tooth before as well Brachiopod - If you keep your eyes open you can find someone selling a bag of brachs for $10-12 and there might be 20-25 decent specimens in there. That's a no-brainer for me. They are usually from the Paleozoic so that that adds some older fossils than what I tend to hunt for. I found some Jurassic ones from France that were very cheap so I had a little variety of those for a while. Sand dollar - I still have some from my trips to the Kettleman Hills in California - two different Pliocene species. Sea urchin - I have collected sea urchins in Florida and I have some left so I can replace a sand dollar for variety or make it the 6th fossil in the bag. A friend had some extra ones from Australia and gave me some so I was able to have some variety among the bags with those. Plants - I have been able to put a plant fossil in bags: either a piece of petrified wood or a leaf I got cheap. A fellow Fossil Forum member, the late Jbswake, once gave me a big box of Metasequoia specimens so I have some of those left. I once bought one lot of Mazon Creek ferns at a very good price. I put one isolated half nodule in a few bags. Gastropod - Years ago, I picked up one lot of Eocene gastropods from the Eocene of Texas and still have several species. Cephalopod - Occasionally, I've had some very small ammonites so a few bags had one of those instead of a gastropod or when I didn't have a plant fossil. Arthropod - I have collected pea crab impressions from the Late Miocene of California so I've had something to represent arthropods from time to time. Otherwise, it's almost impossible to have anything decent that I can get cheap. I've had a few crab claws from a different site from the Middle Miocene of California. Other vertebrate - I've had a mix of different teeth to include depending on different deals I've been able to do. I've had groups of oreodont teeth or rodent jaws (Early Oligocene of Nebraska), alligator teeth from the late Miocene of Florida, and fish vertebrae from various sites. Sometimes, when I trade, people throw in extras they find from their area. I might add a little diversity with a horn coral or a seed or a fish tooth from time to time. Generally, the fossils fit in a 2x2 or 2x3 zip-lock but sometimes need a bigger zip-lock and then I use a standard sandwich bag for it all. I think if I tried to make a real business of it, I would lose money because I try to avoid making them all have the same fossils with everything looking like something if you know what I mean (nobody wants a broken seashell). Jess
  16. Petrified Wood questions

    Well, the vinegar did not kill the potential lichen. It remained green so it is some kind of other crystal. Not important... I do understand more the scenario for the formation of the mineralization. In this photo, you can clearly see a crinoid captured in the quartz sandstone matrix. This seems to indicate, at a minimum, a surge of seawater to rapidly bury the lycopsid in the photo allowing for a nice level of preservation. The crinoid+quartz sandstone formation is about 3 feet thick. The lycopsid is visible in the lower left of this photo. The exposed section is about 14" tall Above that is a nice clean quartz sandstone formation 2-3 feet thick about with another small bench of permineralized plants.
  17. Lycopsid 'bark' pattern - gurus needed

    This is more of a big picture view with various other plants showing.
  18. Amber Lizard claw?

    Thanks man. Trying to keep the ID's practical here as best I can – lots of other plants and naturally occurring stuff are more plausible than the holy grail of a lizard.
  19. but i like also these on plants
  20. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00744-3
  21. Carboniferous plant suggestions

    I'm not too familiar with fossil plants, but I'm wondering if can't be something like Ginkgophytopsis or similar. Take a look to the pictures from here .
  22. What are your favorite prehistoric books?

    I'll be on the lookout for a good book on fossil plants for the collection once I get through uni. I have the "Swimming in Stone" book; picked it up when @Ash and I visited the fossil fish museum at Canowindra, NSW.
  23. Where to find Plant fossils

    Yeah, I was told it was a long drive from Seattle, but if you're really into plants, you should check that out. One friend found a nice, large leaf and another found a smaller leaf she was very happy with. Jess
  24. Plant fossils?

    I have some Carboniferous plants now :), if they are of interest to you. PM me, if you want to see some of the specimens I can trade.