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  1. I recently went to the New Mexico Natural History Museum in Alberquerque, I got some really good pictures.
  2. Last week, I made some incredible trips with my kids to the middle Cambrian U-Dig site, the Fossil Lake lagerstatte in Wyoming, and a muddy, rained-out attempt at the Late Cretaceous in Colorado. This was our first time visiting all of these sites - such amazing times! Here are some pics starting with Utah. My best find, a triple carcass Elrathia kingii Fossil Lake, first started splitting slabs in the Green River formation. This is where we were working. A large plate with three Knightias and a Diplomystus. Later we cut the plate down so could transport home. 18 Inch Layer: My son made the best discoveries at the 18 Inch Layer: a fly and a bee Bee under magnification. Incredible preservation detail! Some fish under scope We made it to the Cretaceous locality but it began raining. You can see the storm clouds approaching on the left. The roads were too muddy to continue and we were running out of time as we had a plane to catch unfortunately...another time perhaps! A beautiful drive. When we returned home it appeared the TSA searched my checked luggage! Luckily nothing was missing or destroyed. Thanks for reading.
  3. Modern Shark tooth identification

    Hello, I´m not sure about the ID. For me the tooth looks like a Hemipristis or a bull shark tooth. The tooth is from the Indo-Pacific (Phillippines) and 1/2" (1,5cm) in lenght. I want to be sure with the ID because I do not want to buy a tooth of a protected species. I don´t know, if the question is correctly ask in the Fossilforum, but I hope, that you can help me. Kind regards from Germany
  4. My new Fossil Fish

    Hello Everyone, I recently purchased a Phareodus encaustus from the Green River formation and it is currently in the mail. Just wanted to share it.
  5. Greenland Fish Nodules

    Just got in some nodules from Greenland courtesy of our good friend @holdinghistory. Never dealt with these before. Do I freeze/thaw these? What would be the best course of action for opening these little fishies up?
  6. June Fishing Trip

    My friend kris, Ptycodus4, and I planned a trip to the fish quarrys last september. Kris is very much like me and would rather prep out the fossil fish that in much harder rock than all the 'split fish' rock. I had to make a few phone calls but got us into a quarry that had some 18 inch material and some bottom cap stuff. The 18 inch where we were digging was in places a bit weathered and wanted to delaminate but we still got some very good stuff. The bottom cap was much more dense and in one place had some extraordinarily super duper preserved fish! We arrived at what is now 'In Stone Fossils' after a 7 1/2 hour drive and set up camp. Then the boys started lifting rock and in no time came across a very nice palm leaf! Dean, the quarry owner was quite happy. Had steaks over a fire with baked taters that had garlic onion and bacon all wrapped in tin foil and sat along the edges of the fire for 3 hours. Oh, the texas boys showed up that evening too. Put down a few drinks and had a blast just shootin the poop. Got up early the next morning and my middle son found a very nice Diplomystus right off the bat. Everyone was finding fish. The texas boys seemed a little slow and then realized they were not used to the altitude but they still gots lots of really nice fish. I think Kris was in heaven. he and I both are going to be quite busy preppin for a long time to come. My boys also uncovered a fossil that is extreamly rare and extreamly valuable but was asked by the quarry owner not to post anything about it till later. Once I get permission from him this mystery will be told. My youngest son is coming over today and we are going to go through these slabs and I will get a few more pictures to post here. I have to prep out some of the best of these for my sons and their freind, but then I get to keep all the rest. Woooooooop woooooooooop!!! RB Nice palm leaf. The missing stuff on the right is in another rock and will be saved and put back together. My youngest son either making a relief cut or cutting out a fish. My middle sons very firs fish of the trip and early in the morning too. A nice way to start the day. You can see the delaminating in this picture. A milk crate full of very nice fossil fish. Just need a lot of prep time. Back seat of my truck full of some very nice fish slabs!
  7. I had a free morning last weekend, so I drove out to Jalama beach. A while ago while searching for good places to fossil hunt near Santa Barbara I saw this post and since then have stopped by twice for a few hours each to crack rocks without any luck. This time I finally found myself a Jalama beach fish. It's not in good enough shape to identify (for me, anyway), but it's nice to finally get something. I had read that the south side of the beach is more fossil rich, so I walked south until I didn't see any people and then started working my way back. The fossil-rich layer is a beige layered rock. This link, referenced in the post that got me interested in Jalama beach, refers to this formation as "the diatom beds of Lompoc." The cleavage is extremely nice and it reminds me of the green river formation fossils you see around (although it seems the fish are usually smaller). Most of the rock in the cliffs is a reddish brown crumbly rock without many fossils, and the first time I came I wasted a bunch of time messing around with that. You definitely have to poke around a bit to find the fossil rich rocks. Anyway, I found the fish almost immediately, and didn't find anything else as I worked my way back for the rest of the morning. I think next time I'll try to go even further south. There are a lot of fragments of algae fossils around and I only picked one up because it looked kind of interesting- I haven't really put any effort into identifying it yet. If anyone else is thinking about going to Jalama beach, I highly recommend bringing along a sharp flat chisel (see picture). I bought rectangular knife stock on Amazon and then sharpened it. It definitely helps in getting the rock to break along a plane instead of shattering, which is usually what happens with a regular geology hammer. Also, if you'd like some company I'd be happy to hunt with someone else, I don't really know anyone else in the area that does this.
  8. Leaf fossil And fish fossil I’d

    Honestly don’t know too much about them. My recently deceased grandfather wanted me to have them. I know some of them are seed fern fossils and honestly don’t know the rest
  9. Possible Fish Fin North York coast?

    Good morning guys! I’ve recently been exploring the coast of North York and found ammonites in abundence I also split open a rock to reveal what appears to be a fish fin of some sorts can anyone clarify this for me!? It would be greatly appreciated! I’ll also post some pics of the anmonites found and if anyone knows what species they are could you inform me please! Thanks for your time! Also sorry about the poor lighting of the ammonite picture Hope they can still be made out.
  10. Miocene cylindracanthus?

    I'm curious if anyone here can shed any light on this. I collected this bit of fish bits from a coastal miocene marine formation here in Oregon. I have it labeled as fish possibly tail pieces. Recently i have seen bits of cylindracanthus fish from other locations in the us and uk that look rather similar. Almost none of the fish from this Oregon location have really been described but im hoping some of you that are familiar with cylindracanthus material might be able to weigh in on if that might be what this is or not. Nick
  11. Chinese Fish Fossil

    This fish fossil is said to be from Jehol, Liaoning. It however looks like a Uighuroniscus sinkiangensis from Xinjiang to me. Any idea which species it is? Many thanks.
  12. Aguja Formation

    Anyone know what these two fossils are? They're from the Aguja Formation of Brewster County, Texas.
  13. Wikipedia's Cretolamna

    Hi everyone, I am seeking more information about the spectacular Cretolamna fossil featured in the respective wikipedia article. Aside from being a great fossil it has some interesting features, such as a large second dorsal fin. However, there doesn't seem to be anything else online about this specimen. Does anyone know anything about this - is it in a private collection? Can it actually be referred to Cretolamna?
  14. Fish mouth plate

    From the album Fossil Collection

  15. Tooth?

    Hello! Help please with identification. I found this fossil in Western Ukraine (Neogene). May be it is part of tooth, but I dont know exactly... Thanks in adavnce! Kolya
  16. Hello friends- I recently found this oddball fossil at an estate sale, of course the info on it was missing. SO I have no idea what I have. The "scale" skin lines almost look as if someone scratched them on, but I wonder why the heck someone would do that when there are definite fossil elements. I could be wrong. Sorry for the rather bad photos. I will take more detailed shots soon. Thanks for any help with this piece.
  17. Spinosaurus and sigilmassasaurus

    Hello so could someone please explain the situation with sigilmassasaurus and spinosaurus was it the same dinosaur? was sigilmassasaurus bigger? Thanks
  18. Cretaceous fish ID

    I would like some help to identify this fish. The position and preservation make it a little bit hard to identify. It was found in Vallecillo, Northeastern Mexico. The full length is 128 cms. Teeth length is approximately 2 cms. I'll post several photos in comments.
  19. I bought this fish skull a while ago. It is Eocene aged, from the London clay of the Isle of Sheppey, UK. Although this is perhaps one of the rarest fossils in my collection, I don’t collect in the London clay often and I much more frequently collect in the Coal Measures. I have therefore decided to trade this skull for something from the Upper Carboniferous. As far as I can tell, this skull is from Rhinocephalus planiceps and everything looks 100% genuine. I bought it from a very well known fossil dealer, who I will provide the name of to whoever I trade it with. If you have anything to trade, please let me know. I am most interested in Arthropods and fish from the British Coal Measures and Mazon Creek fossils, but I would consider any fossils from the upper Carboniferous. Thanks, Daniel
  20. Show Us Your Favorite Fishy!

    Well, we've had Brachiopods and Trilobites, so I figured let's give fish a try! I am going to start this off with my Enchodus marchesettii from the Hakel Quarry of Lebanon. Not only is this fossil 100% complete with the only restoration done was repairing the matrix itself, but I received this from one of my good friends on none other than my birthday! This is my favorite fossil in my ENTIRE collection! More will come from the Greenriver side of my collection, I just gotta get my camera fixed
  21. Fossil Fish?

    Hello I was looking for fossils this morning in Durham and found this, I am uncertain as to what this is? I thought maybe plant material or a small fish?
  22. Xiphactinus Fin

  23. Xiphactinus Vert

  24. Kelowna Fish Fossil

    Hi all, Found this fish fossil in some slate in Kelowna. Not sure of the rock member yet, as I'm unfamiliar with Okanagan geology (besides the White Lake member). The fossil is close to a foot long, and was found along side fossils of Metasequoia occidentalis leaves as well as an unidentified deciduous branch. I imagine this is probably a fossil of Eosalmo driftwoodensis. The fossil has preserved a somewhat squished 3d rendering of the spinal/head material that is extremely fragile. Is it valuable to maintain, and if so how?