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  1. Another Trachyscaphites

    From the album Cretaceous

    Trachyscaphites pulcherrimus Stream Worn Partial Ammonite Body Chamber Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Matawan Group Big Brook Colts Neck, N.J.
  2. Help please. Complete beginner, first time hunting for fossils in Yorkshire, England (kettleness) I have no tools, just my hands and eyes at the minute Ive found a few ammonites which I would like to free. Thus far Ive watched youtube videos and googled only; they make it look so easy with just a hammer. My first attempt I broke the end off my ammonite and now afraid to try again. Please advise for tools and extraction methods? Also, how do I care for them once they are freed? many thanks!
  3. Another Crate

    I mentioned in a recent post that I was heading off into the field, or in this case the woods, again. It's getting to be a habit with me that I don't think to take my camera until it's to late, so, true to form, I forgot it again. This is why I've titled this with "Crate", since that's all I have to show for the trip to begin with. My plan was to go to my favorite Callovian site in order to finally fulfill my recurring dream of a large, well-preserved Bullatimorphites and/or Cadoceras ammonite. I always drive down to the end of a forestry road and park the car under the trees before I mosey off to the site, but this time it didn't quite pan out. The farther on I drove into the woods, the more the snow and ice had accumulated, so when I turned around and reversed into my parking spot, I noticed for the first time that I had to drive slightly uphill in order to complete the maneuver. Problem was that I couldn't, since the wheels were running on the spot and digging deeper into the quagmire every second. My head became immediately filled with visions of walking the 5 kilometers back to the next village in search of a tow truck or a frendly farmer, but after I'd settled down a bit, I decided that the best thing would be to get out of the car and assess the situation first. Fortunately, being a serious fossil collector, I always have a plethora of tools of all sorts in the trunk, so I selected my trusty pickaxe and spent the next half hour shaving the 5-inch layer of ice, mud and decaying leaves down to the gravel roadbed. Then, easing off in second gear, I managed to get back to dry land, so to speak. Thank goodness! It was at this point that I also decided that since I hadn't brought along my downhill skis, I would forgo slipping and sliding to a site which is more than likely still buried under a foot of snow. Fortunately this area has a good number of sites to chose from, so after a bit of driving around, I managed to find one on the hills of the Scheffheu which is pretty well free of snow and spent the rest of the day exploring and chipping out the odd fossil. This time it's a selection from the Aalenian and Bajocian of ammos and bivaves along with one belemnite, all of which need a good bit of prep.
  4. I haven't posted in a long time. I used to draw the occasional prehistoric beast but looking back, they always left a lot to be desired. Anyway, I have honed my craft and have since started a drawing degree. I don't do much paleo related drawings as the accuracy needed to be really good scares me! So while I've tried to keep mine reasonably accurate, they are always just for my own enjoyment. Here's a few I've done over the last year or so. First off, something special. This ichthyosaur skull was drawn from life in the Lyme Regis Museum. It was drawn with Jurassic squid ink that was extracted from a fossil found in Lyme. Not easy to draw with as it's quite pale and I couldn't get the contrast I usually like, but a very cool thing to have done. Next up we have a Promicroceras ammonite drawn in brown ink. An Allosaurus skull drawn in ink and copic markers. Quite pleased with how this came out. And finally one I did for part of my degree, my Apoderoceras ammonite. This was done in pen and coloured pencil and was drawn from life. This piece is as accurate as I could make it to the original and was drawn full scale. Hope you like them! Edit: Ignore the order, the pictures came out in the wrong order!
  5. West Texas Trip

    Well, I returned from my West Texas hiatus a few days ago, and have had time to process some of my finds. These were primarily found in the Terlingua area. Some ammonites - not sure if any prep work can expose more on these. Also some belemnitella, I think, and possibly a crab? Please let me know your thoughts. I believe these came from the Boquillas formation, but I am not entirely certain. There is a LOT of rock in West Texas.
  6. Howdy y'all. Its been a while since I have reported on any fossil outings. Been busy. Two weekends ago I took my German friend, Finn, out to one of my ammonite sites. It was a brisk 40 degrees F (5 C) and windy. So, yeah, pretty chilly. (We did not get the deep freeze they got in the upper midwest). I call this site JPC355. I have been here at least 25 times and I have almost stopped picking up baculites here, but I always get a few. The site has a lot of baculites and a few much less common non-baculite ammonites. All of these are often preserved in calcite and can show great suture lines. This is in the Campanian Cody Shale (late Cret., about 80 million years old). Here is Finn off in the distance. In my early days of bird photography, (way before digital made it easy) we used to call this an ecosystem shot. See if you can find Finn. And here he is collecting a baggie full of baculites. These were his first baculites so he collected about three sandwich bags full. Here is Finn's best ammonite that he found himself. It is an incomplete Scaphites hippocrepis. Nice yellow calcite. This is my small herd of baculites. Speaking of herds,we saw a herd of about 40 elk on the way home. My picture of them is even more of an ecosystem shot than the photo of Finn above. I usually get one or two S. hippocrepis. Here is mine for the day (I also gave two to Finn). This one is complete (left). The ammonite on the right is a much less common Haresiceras. I only have five or six of these from this site, so always good to find one. And I don't know why the picture is sideways. H on top, S on the bottom. And lastly the most exciting, find... a piece of a Glyptoxoceras. In 25 or so visits, I have never found this thing here; nor have I seen any of my guests find one. And I have taken a lot of people out here, including a few of you folks. This is only my second one, so yeah, an uncommon ammonite in my world. I am thrilled when I find something new. Hope you enjoyed this midwinter vicarious fossil outing. I did, and I know Finn did. (Last weekend he went out hiking with another friend and they saw a herd of 500-600 pronghorn. That is a lot).
  7. Finally got out again!

    The weather suddenly warmed up for a few days and started melting the snow, so I figured I'd grab the opportunity yesterday and check out the Geisingen area as long as the weather held. It's supposed to get colder again next week, so I thought I'd try to take advantage before more snow gets dumped on us. This was my first sojourn in over a month, so I was just glad to get out into the field, even if it didn't pan out much. I'd heard that a group had been digging with some success at the clay pit, so I thought I'd have a look-see to at least assess the situation there. It turned out that the spot where they had dug was pretty obvious, but the clay from above had slid down and buried it, which would make for a days work for a group of 4. I then decided to explore the old north end of the pit in the hopes that slips had perhaps created some new exposures, didn't find any though, so I doubled back down the east edge to a spot where I'd found some loose blocks in the distant past and started scratching around a bit. Luck was with me this time in the form of a nicely weathered block which gave up 3 well-preserved ammos and a few bivalves. I was needless to say already more than satisfied with these results, but since it was still early in the afternoon, I decided to check out a field nearby which had been productive in the past. I had noticed while driving past it on the way to the pit that it had been freshly plowed. This also turned out to be a good decision. I ended up after a couple of hours with a mini sack full of ammos in varying conditions of preservation, some in matrix, some free. All in all, it was a good day, so my itch has been stilled for another month or so, I would say. I didn't think to take my camera along again , so there are no in situ pictures, but I can at least provide you with a photo of the finds and I promise to post some of them once they're prepped.
  8. Tonight, I started a block that iv had for quite some time, and being dying to prep. Annoyingly, the split from the nodule was very poor, cause a few different cracks, all the way through the ammonite. I glued this back up two days ago and let it set before starting prep. I couldn’t wait to get home from work today, so I could begin the real work. Prep photos to follow in the comments as I can’t size down these files any more
  9. Hi all, Rather late than never, i managed some time to make a photo galery of my best find of 2018. I mostly hunted trilos, but also manages a few trips for ammonites, echinoids and even graptolithes. The time span is quite wide also : ordovician, silurian, jurassic and cretaceous. I wont post everything (it's been a productive year again) here but you can see it in the galery : or on my flickr galery here : https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9dKo7r Regards
  10. Ammonites - Epidaurus

    Need help identifying the following ammonites. Found these fragments in limestone, in the locality Theokafta of the Argolis Peninsula, near the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (Greece, eastern Peloponnesus). The limestone contains condensed ammonoid beds of the Hallstatt facies (Triassic: Anisian–Ladinian). The size of A is about 8 cm and B is about 6cm (which woyld probably make it about 10-12cm if complete). Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
  11. Thought this would be an interesting one for anybody overseas, who has never heard of Yorkshire’s Golden Cannonballs. Theyre only found in the UK along the Yorkshire coastline. With a 1/15 chance of having something inside, it’s safe to say they can be quite rare, and are always sought after. More often than not, they either contain one, or multiples of Eleganticeras ammonites inside. I’ll never tire of finding them. Theyre found in the shake jet rocks, and take hours to polish up the iron pyrite to give them their golden glow of you like. Here’s one I recently prepared.
  12. Ammonites Paper request

    I am looking for publications (Cretacico albiano) of Escragnoles 04 France Thank you Michele
  13. Ammonite photography

    I've recently been experimenting with photographing some of my ammonite collection. It can be quite tricky to get creative photos of smaller specimens, so I have been building light modifiers and a miniature studio to see what I could come up with. I recently lost my job, so I'm hoping that perhaps I can sell fine art prints of some of these at some point in the future. For now though, I have a lot more tinkering to do. I won't go into detail naming the species, because I'm way too tired and would probably get it wrong anyway. All of these ammonites are under 2cm/.8 inch wide. Harpoceras? Somerset UK Unknown, Somerset UK Unknown, Russia. Same as above, detail Same as above, detail Unknown, Folkestone UK
  14. Albian ammonites ID help

    Hello! I hope to get help from experts to ID some Albian/ Vraconian ammonites. All are from the Zirc Limestone formation, Hungary, Bakony Mts. The locality contains condensed lens of Stoliczkaia dispar & Mortoniceras fallax zones. Thank you in advance! NoID 1 (Clearly not Salaziceras salazecense form, could be some Zuluscaphites/ Metascaphites form? (based on the monography, not Zuluscaphites orycteropusi or helveticus not Metascaphites sholzi or thomasii either) NoID 2 (I thought this some Stoliczkaia juvenile form (???), found this size a few more, no bigger specimens) NoID 3 (Could be Dypoloceras or Hysteroceras???) With Kind Regards
  15. stained glass clock

    From the album Jurassic stuff uk

    Another ammonite clock made in stained glass.
  16. Lyme Regis Trip

    Firstly apologies for the lateness of this post, spent a week down in Lyme Regis from the 17th of December. Was out most evenings and some mornings due to the tide times, however i found hunting at night just as productive and with a lot less competition! The weather had been incredibly rough and was a bit unsettling at night when you could hear parts of the cliff falling down! The first few nights i mainly found ammonites and a few pieces of rolled bone (no photos of these, can put some up if anyone wishes me too) Best find was a partial ichthyosaur rostrum from below the Black Ven. Unfortunately no teeth and it has been very well rolled! None the less i was most pleased to find it. Found a couple more nice sized ammonites covered in pyrite and one well worn vertebra. See attached images. If anyone would like anymore photos please do not hesitate to ask. All in all a good week. Thanks for reading.
  17. Last Friday and last Sunday I visited the quarry Mistelgau in Bavaria. Its since 2005 abandoned and a very beautiful geotop. But you can still find fossils there! It's possible to find various Jurassic fossils like ammonites, gastropodes, marine reptile bones .... I was mainly interested in finding some Ichthyosaur bones and all in all I was quite successful. Here is a picture of the quarry: Belemnits can be found everywhere ... I found 6 Ichthyosaur vertebrae and 5 paddle bones. The vertebrae: The two associated vertebrae are my favourite ones. Unprepped: And prepped: The preparation wasn't too easy. It took 3 or 4 hours. Some more detailed pictures of vertebrae: Unprepped: Prepped:
  18. Old Ammonite Prep

    Here’s another old prep that I finished up today. This is another from the old collection with no information. So, if anyone knows what these are (besides ammonites ) or where they are from I’d be grateful for the help. This is how it came out from the pile on the back of the shelf. I had done a small amount of prospective scribing but not much.
  19. Aptien

  20. Callovien stage

    A part of my callovien stage collecting
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