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  1. JamieLynn

    A Fossil A Day.....

    A Fossil A Day....keeps the blues away! Or something like that... I started an Instragram account (jamielynnfossilquest) and am posting a fossil a day, so I figured I should do that on here, to REAL fossil enthusiasts! I'm a few days behind, so I will start out with a few more than one a day but then it will settle down to One Fossil (but I will admit, I'll probably miss a few days, but I'll double up or whatever.) I'll start with Texas Pennsylvanian era, but will branch out to other locations and time periods, so expect a little of everything! So enjoy A Fossil A Day! Texas
  2. Mostly the title! I live in northern New Jersey- i’m aware that NJ used to be heavily submerged, and is host to many locations where you can find marine fossils such as ammonites, trilobites, and other small marine invertebrates- however, i have no clue as to how i can effectively search for and find fossils. I’ve gone to some dried river beds, dug in the banks, layered rock, and panned- but i realize that i dont quite know what i’m looking for. How do i determine if there is a fossil within a rock? How do i find good hunting locations? What are some of the key giveaways that a rock may contai
  3. Hello to everybody! I'm kinda new here, but before I start I must say I really love this forum! It has really great vibes and you instantly can tell that this is a good and friendly community! So, I am ziggycardon, I live in Belgium, close to the border of the Netherlands and when we start speaking geologically, I live on the same cretaceous sediments as where the first major Mosasaurus discoveries where done! Unfortunatly I have never been on a fossil hunt myself and everything currently in my collection was bought or given to me. But I hope to change that soon, as I am dyi
  4. I have decided to start a thread showing pieces from my collection. I usually post in the "mailbox score" thread, but have found that my additions get lost in the volume of postings in the thread. So my collection will be in my own thread.
  5. Velociraptor99

    Tips to keep off ticks

    Hello all, it’s been a long time since I’ve last posted. A lot has changed, and I’ve been getting the fossil hunting bug again. (No pun-intended) You know what bug I do not want to catch? Ticks. I’ve already seen 3 this year, thankfully none on myself since I’ve been avoiding brush and tall grass. Yet the fear of catching a tick-born-disease is keeping me from fossil hunting. I am going on a fossil hunt out to a spot in western Pennsylvania this Saturday with my fossil club that I haven’t been to since 2016. I’m excited but also nervous about ticks. In the past there was
  6. DMN

    Any idea what this is?

    Hi, does anyone know what these are, I found them on the shoreline in the sand
  7. It's been a couple of weeks but it's taken me this long to take all the photos of my fossil finds from my trip to Oklahoma with the Paleontological Society of Austin! Our yearly trek to find Silurian, Devonian and Ordovician finds (not much of that in Texas!) was a great success again, thanks to our OK friends! Since it's just over a 6 hour drive for me, I went up early on Friday to hit a couple of "non field trip" spots before our "real" field trip on Saturday and Sunday. I had heard about a Permian site that I was excited to check out. It's a weird barren moonscape in the middle of a fiel
  8. A few weeks ago I, along with the Vancouver Paleontological Society hosted a large table display at the annual BC Rock and Gem Show in Chilliwack! Every year I am invited to educate the public at this three day event. British Columbia's lower mainland lacks museums that have local fossils on display which is very unfortunate due to the high diversity of important and spectacular fossil sites in the area! I make sure to cover as much as I can at these shows and events, especially on the Burgess Shale (since it is so incredible and most people don't even know the site is in our Provence). This y
  9. Today I drove about 25 minutes to the Kane County Fairgrounds to visit the Chicagoland Gem and Mineral Association Show, this is the 46 year for this show. The show is on Saturday (10a-6p) and Sunday (10a-5p) and it is a really nice show to attend and there is always a long line to the opening and the people keep coming throughout the day. There were 32 different vendors from 13 different states. The vendors had fossils, gem stones, minerals, geodes, etc., something for everyone.
  10. Hi, I am new to fossil hunting. I found this today on uk beach where the rocks are from the triassic/jurassic period. It is quite large and is corrugated, similar to corrugated iorn. does any body know what it is? Many thanks
  11. Seems that it's about a year between my Echies of Texas posts now, because it's getting harder and harder to find something new!! So far I have collected : Cretaceous: Macraster - texanus, elegens and washitaensis Heteraster - mexicanus, obliquetus and texanus Phymosoma texanum Goniopygus - zitelli, whitneyi and sp. Leptosalenia - mexicana, volana and texana and possible sp. Pliotoxaster - whitei and comanchei Hyposalenia phillipsae Pygopyrina hancockensis Holaster simplex Tetragramma texanum Loriolia - rosana and possibly whitei (if
  12. Heres a fun thread for those to show off their widest and fattest looking megalodon teeth fossils in thier collections. I'll set the tone with the widest fat boy in my collection, I don't have digital calipers but it measure roughly 5.4 inches wide by 6.1 inches long. When I close my hand together it looks even more monstrous. Share yours and join the wide boyclub Got the idea while thinking about what the widest megalodon tooth ever found measures, if anyone does know do share in this thread!
  13. Hi everyone! I'm moving from my current country of resident, the Netherland, to Canada. Through the years I've amassed a semi-large fossil and mineral collection, and I want to take some of that collection with me to Canada. My only concern is that I might run into problem at the airport, so I wanted to ask around here if anybody had any experience with air travel with fossils/minerals in the Netherlands/Canada. I couldn't really find any information about this from the Netherlands, and Canada just vaguely says "it may be illegal to bring cultural property into Canada,
  14. There are certain types of fossils, that I like to see polished. Petrified Wood, Ammonites, etc. There are certain types of fossils, that I do not like to see polished. Shark Teeth, Bones, etc. What are your preferences; about Polished, vs As Found?
  15. Hey all, My Scottish friend and I (both first year students in Palaeontology and Geology) are planning a fossil trip to Scotland starting next Monday. Our main interests are vertebrate fossils, and Scotland is well known for its Carboniferous deposits where sharks, fish and tetrapods can be found! The 2 problems are: although we have a car, we wouldn't want to drive more than 2h to get to a site (we will be staying in Melrose, Scotland), and we also don't know many sites that are accessible to the public, not over vegetated or depleted, that contain abundant vertebrate fo
  16. These 2 Fossils, with matrix attached; came out of a fossil rich pile of soil, at the Bone Valley Fossil Farm. This soil contained Megalodon Shark Teeth, Hemipristis Serra Shark Teeth, Dugong Rib Bones, etc. These 2 Fossils, were the only ones I found; which were these colors. (The Dugong Bones were White, and the Shark Teeth had Black Enamel and Greyish White Roots.) I believe both of these, to be Mammal Teeth. What say you? 1st Specimen:
  17. Hello all, Found some nice fossils. Around Vaals in Limburg (the Netherlands), Cretaceous sediments occur. The Kalksteen van Vijlen (Vijlen chalk), Orsbach Kreide (Orsbach chalk) and Kunrader Kalksteen (Kunrader chalk) or Vetschauer Kalksteen are present. Fossils from these sediments consist of belemnites (Belemnella (Pachybelemnella) sumensis (Jeletzky, 1949) and/or Belemnella (Pachybelemnella) cimbrica (Birkelund, 1957), some forms are described as Belemnella ex gr. sumensis/cimbrica and Belemnitella sp.), sea urchins (Echinocorys sp. including Echinocorys scutata (Leske, 1778) and Card
  18. Will someone who has knowledge about this subject, please explain how and why we have so many interesting color variations in the world of fossils? Shark Teeth, Ammonites, Petrified Wood, etc. There are so many different color variations. And I like it!!!
  19. Dean Ruocco

    Isotelus gigas from NY

    Hello everyone, I just wanted to share some pictures from 2 trilobites I just got back from the prep lab! They were collected in February by me and @KompsFossilsNMinerals at Lafamilia quarry. Top to Bottom. 6 inch Isotelus gigas Gravicalymene sp.
  20. I have several pieces of what I believe to be petrified wood that I discovered on a friend's property recently. I'm no expert hunter or big collector, I've just collected cool rocks I would find as long as I can remember. He has several acres right on the country line, in Knox county. I have researched it though, and all I can find says it's only been found in Savannah, west Tennessee. It's not just a piece or 2, I've got a bunch I've gathered up, and I just started, there's tons and tons of rocks on his property. I downloaded a rock identification app & it agreed I've got alot of petrifie
  21. im new to the fossil forum i live in the north west georgia area and was wandering if anyone knows of any fossil spots.
  22. BethDickerson

    Bone and wood?

    Hi all! I'm a fairly new fossil fan and a middle school science teacher. To my excitement, this was left in my classroom by a previous teacher. It looks to be bone and possibly petrified wood? I was hoping someone with more knowledge could help me out. Much thanks!!!!
  23. As I am new in the world of paleontology and fossil collecting and eager to learn as much as possible, I was wondering if those books here are any good to have as I found them all in a nice lot from a clearence. Thank you all in advance. 1. Stratigraphical Palaeontology by E. Neaverson, published in 1955 2. Invertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution by E.N.K. Clarkson, 1989 3. Principles of Paleontology by David Raup and Steven Stanley, 1971 4. Wonderful Life, The Burgess Shale and the Nature History by Stephen Jay Gould, 1990 5. Wonders of Fossil
  24. Last weekend I found a few fairly small pieces of fossil, and I am not entirely sure on their identifications, but I have guesses. Location: Mississippi creek. (I am unsure on how much to share location-wise, in regards to name of creek, etc.). This area is outside of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I thought the first one was a piece of wasp nest until I felt it. Some sort of coral? The second is perhaps also coral? The last one perhaps a crinoid stem? I do note there is a circular fossil next to it. The last one looks pretty distinctly like a shell impression. An
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