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  1. I had just recently finished polishing a piece of petrified wood I found, and I just read a topic that included a polished pyritized Yorkshire cannonball ammonite, which got me thinking about all the types of fossils that can be polished. I did a search on the forum for a "Show us your" polished fossils thread and couldn't find any so decided to start one as I'm interested to see the diversity of fossils that have been polished. So... Show us your Polished Fossils!
  2. RuMert

    Eganovo sand quarry

    Hi all! Here's a brief report on Eganovo quarry, a well-known place among local public interested in fossils. It's basically a "summer site": fossiling there is associated with water and lots of mud, highly uncomfortable in cold seasons. The site is situated some 20 km southeast of Moscow. Late Jurassic. The quarry is an unusual place by itself with a strange otherworldly scenery.
  3. Hollie Bird

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas everyone Solved the problem of what to do with the extra fossils and broken fragments that don't make the display. Hope you enjoy
  4. Hello everyone! I wanted to share the project that I'm most proud of this year. Over the last year, we've been poking around, trying to find formation in a Merchantville stream in Central New Jersey. We had to dig (a lot) for this but found a few diggable areas. This is a sensitive spot as it's the only place in the world you can find Menabites walnutensis (besides a few isolated examples from Texas), and it's the only place in the USA you can find Baculites vaalsensis. There are a lot of other goodies too so I'll show my entire collection from this area.
  5. Hello, im new in fossiles collecting, absolute new beginner. I wonder if my fossiles are genuine or fake, i was so proud of my collection but after i learned that there are many fake Moroccan trilobites on sale, i had suspicions. There are some holes in trilobite and some stuff on it, could be glued which is fine because its age matters to me most, it could be glued no problem. I put them under a plastic sheet but if you wish i can take them out to take better pictures.
  6. Apologies for the usual hiatus from here. I’m back (just like arni always says). The past 6 months have been an absolute rollercoaster of collecting and prepping. I thought I’d ease you all into one of my best finds this year. Here in Yorkshire, we have an incredible layer of fossils from what’s known as the jet rock (Whitby jet too). In this layer, we get what are known as cannonball nodules. Usually always heavily coated in a pyrite skin, and 1 in around 15 has a fossil inside. Almost always, Eleganticeras Elegantulum. This is one I found around 6 months ago. The Eleganticeras keel
  7. A cool piece frozen in time from the day they were buried together. Also a decent size Inoceramus shell for the area and always fun to find an ammonite. This piece is from Boulder, Colorado.
  8. mike23

    Strange etchings

    I live in Parker County. Per my brief research, the land I'm on was part of a shallow sea during the cretaceous period. I find countless fossils of ammonites and other small ocean based animals embedded in the rocks. Nothing that is particularly amazing or show worthy IMO, but I still enjoy looking at them. Last night I did find something that I thought was kind of unique. At first I thought it might be an Indian artifact with some etchings in it, but upon closer examination, I think the etchings are natural from small tube worms or something of that sort. (Scroll down for p
  9. Hi everyone! Last week we went on a weekend trip with our fossil club the BVP to go on a fossil hunt to the jurassic clay cliffs "Falaises de Vaches Noires" between Houlgate & Villers-Sur-Mer in Normandy, France. https://www.paleontica.org/locations/fossil/68 The famous cliffs of Vaches Noires date back to the Jurassic period, and span both the Callovian & Oxfordian stages (166 - 157 mya) and the Cretaceous period spanning the Cenomanian (100 - 94 mya). Back in the jurassic this area was a rich marine environment and fossils that can be found here are man
  10. RuMert

    Volga in November

    Hi all! Another report in continuation of the previous ones. This time I had 2 days to visit the site and used them to monitor my preferred 3 km of the shore. It was literally the last days of autumn, so by the end of my stay snow started to slowly cover the place for the 5 upcoming months. The water level was a bit lower than in 2020, but much higher than last year. This time 3 boars on the shore: one of them
  11. Hello everyone, and welcome back to another trip report! Last week, me and my family went to France once again, but this time to northern France, near Cap Blanc Nez. Cap Blanc Nez is a well-known fossil-hunting site for its ammonites and other fossils. It is located quite near the coast of England, and if the weather's clear you can see the cliffs of Dover very clearly. Day 1: it's a start The first fossil trip was rather disappointing. We walked down the stairway to the beach and headed directly to Grand Blanc Nez, the main landmark in the area. We started search
  12. Microraptorfan

    Cretaceous Montana Ammonite

    I recently bought this ammonite from montana, any idea on its genus, There are baculites within the matrix surrounding the ammonite, so its Cretaceous, probably from the Bearpaw Formation? but I cant decide what genus it might be? a few candidates ive seen are Holoscpahites, rhaeboceras etc, any help on narrowing it down?
  13. L.S., I recently purchased an old collection of plant fossils. The boxes also contained an odd couple of non-plants, which I would like to offer up for trade. Ideally, I would like to get some plant fossils in return. Photos below, with scale in centimetres at bottom. Disclaimer: The information below is "as received". I cannot guarantee provenance/identifications are 100% correct since these pieces come from an old collection, plus marine beasties are not really my cup of tea... Kind regards, Tim Specimen A: Large plate with several ammonites
  14. I got some shark teeth and ammonite a couple month ago help me identify it please Shark teeth is from northern part of africa ammonite have no idea about it
  15. Hello everyone, I am new here to the Forum, but have been a fossil enthusiast all my life. New to the ammonite world, and have a fixation currently on preparing specimens for their iridescent shells. In the pictures posted, I'll drill out host rock to try and show/find more colour. My question is (and I know the iridescence has to do with the layers of the shell and light refraction) Can I sand down what I think Is a thick layer of shell and uncover or possible create more colour? Iridescent patterns
  16. These were from a creek bed with some great exposure. Abundant Ammonite impressions and oysters and some great layered bedd deposits. These pieces have me scratching my head. One looks like it could be a coral or crinoid base? Some appear to have bark impressions and look like stem pieces. The curved one is also interesting. Seems to uniform for just a rock. I’ll post them individually Thanks! patrick
  17. Hey everyone! My trusty pup and I are heading to Texas and Louisiana for business and I am hoping to spend about a week in the north Texas area in search of a few good specimens for my collection! As many species, as high a quality as I can find! I’ve been researching extensively, and have what I think is a solid game plan, but since I have never been in the area for fossils I will happily take any advice and if anyone would like to join me, you can blindfold me, swear me to secrecy and sign an NDA if it means I find a few goodies. These will never leave my collection! I am hoping to
  18. A speciment recently found in Argolis region of Greece . Upper Anisian - Carnian acording to the scripts but most probably Carnian (lowermost Upper Triassic)
  19. A friend of mine gave this to me recently and I was wondering if it was legitimate or not, because neither of us could easily tell.
  20. A week ago I made the trip out to one of the roadcuts on loop 360. I realized that I had been neglecting visiting the west side of town which, although very different, is just as rich in fossil history as the younger east. I want to also thank @erose as he has posted lots of useful information on the cuts and what sorts of things can be found. I arrived in the afternoon and slowly climbed up the gravel to get to the first bench. I made the rare good decision to hunt on the side of the road that would shield me from the sun, making the temperature nice and cool, perfect for fossili
  21. Apologies for the dramatic title. I thought it sounded cool and stuck with it even though 90 + 80 + 80 is only 250 . Anyways... This past 30 days, I decided to make it a point to check out some new spots. I won't be living in Austin soon, so I thought it would be good to branch out and scout some new locations with potential. I've found lots of creek-worn mosasaur bits and pieces over the past year. I'm ready to find things in situ, and, one day, something articulated. It's a tall order, I know, but I feel like it's the next step and really the ultimate goal I've always had. So, th
  22. Hello everyone, I have a question that only you can clarify. Recently I was looking at ammonites on various online sales sites, and I was looking at several to buy soon, but several Mantelliceras appeared that seemed to have carved their center; is this really so or not? I leave two photos of two different cases, but it seemed to me that most Mantelliceras in online sales are carved in their central part. I'm just starting out in this collection and I want to learn how to identify these cases before I start acquiring more fossils and not make mistakes. I clarify that I have no interest in the
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