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  1. Jeffrey P

    Atrypid Brachiopods from New Jersey

    From the album: Silurian

    Atrypa reticularis Atrypid Brachiopods Late Silurian Decker Formation Montague, N.J.
  2. Jeffrey P

    Mammal Tooth From Big Brook Trib

    I found this yesterday in one of Big Brook's upper tributaries. Big Brook is in Monmouth County, New Jersey and is famed for its Upper Cretaceous fauna. Occasionally, Pleistocene material is found there. This definitely is not Cretaceous. Probably modern though it does feel heavier than a regular tooth. Deer is a likely candidate, but I wouldn't rule out caribou in which case it would be a fossil. I have found a lot of modern bones in the brooks in Monmouth County. Any ID help or direction to resources would be appreciated. Thanks.
  3. From the album: Cretaceous

    Ethmocardium welleri Bivalve Internal Mold (1 inch length) Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Matawan Group Ramanessin Brook Holmdel, N.J.
  4. Jeffrey P

    Ghost Shrimp Claw in Matrix

    From the album: Cretaceous

    Protocallianassa morton Ghost Shrimp Claw in Matrix Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Matawan Group Big Brook Marlboro, N.J.
  5. Jeffrey P

    Enchodus Fang from Big Brook

    From the album: Cretaceous

    Enchodus petrosas Actinopterygii Samoniform- (Myctophoidei) Fang and jaw piece Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Matawan Group Big Brook Marlboro, N.J.
  6. On Friday I made a visit to an Atlanta area gem/mineral/fossil show. Generally I have poor luck at these shows, in large part because there are only a couple of dealers with fossils. This trip was different. One of the dealers was selling some items from an old collection. Most of what I bought was exciting to me because they are species I have wanted for a long time, for one reason or another. First up is a nice (to me at least) New Jersey Tiassic coelocanth, Diplurus newarki (I think the genus might have changed but Diplurus is OK for now). The dealer thought it
  7. Fishinfossil

    NJ Plesiosaur or Croc tooth?

    Found in NJ Cretaceous stream. The root hole and lateral? striations on the tooth is what made this stand out. Any thoughts on possible plesiosaur or croc?
  8. Hello everyone, first post in this forum! If I make any newbie mistakes please let me know and I’ll edit this post/remember for next time. I have a broken reptile tooth sifted from Big Brook (a stream near Marlboro, NJ) that dates to somewhere between the Late Campanian and Early Maastrichtian. I posted this online at another point and it was identified as a crocodile tooth from the original pictures I posted. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while though and it doesn’t seem to line up with the teeth from other known crocodilians and from this area (Brachychampsa, Bo
  9. Dmgs11

    Bone fragment or stone

    Hi all, Any thoughts on this piece? It appeared to be rock-like wet, but as it has dried out, seems to have a porous appearance. Found in a Monmouth county area brook
  10. Dmgs11

    Bone, fossil, coral, stone?

    Hi all, I could use some help identifying some recent finds. All found in Monmouth county in a freshwater creek.
  11. Cavecollector

    Big Brook unidentified finds

    Hi fellow fossilers! I found some items in the Big Brook and Ramanessin areas that I have not been able to ID. Any help would be appreciated! I know belemnites and shells. Cow shark and others. The bones I don't know. My dad is a chiropractor and told me at least one is a wrist bone of some kind. Their is a tooth that looks like a foot that I can't identify in 5th image.
  12. I took a fossil finding guided tour last month and now I'm pretty much hooked! If someone could please help with identifying these. Found them a couple days ago sifting in a creek in central NJ.
  13. Yesterday I stumbled across Poricy Park Fossil Beds, which led me here after digging, but I was fortunate to find some of my own first fossils, and was even gifted four large ones from a passerby who stopped to make sure we got something good out of the experience. All of the said fossils are aquatic molluscs (or maybe sponges? But they definitely look like bivalves). Here are the four gifts: Here is a shell fused with a rock, although quite well: Some sort of clam piece? Another of the same/similar build
  14. Hi everyone: Found this tooth via sifting in one of the downstream parts of Big Brook - I think it may be from a Hadrosaur but I want to rule out any sort of weirdo sawfish or something. Please take a look:
  15. sharktoothboy

    Big New Jersey Auriculatus

    A few days ago I took a trip to an Eocene/Miocene site in New Jersey with a friend. It was going be a quick trip so we weren't expecting very much. Not long after we started digging my friend scored a nearly complete Otodus aksuaticus. A little while later when I lifted my shovel out of the water I saw a big tooth fully exposed on my shovel. I instantly knew it was one of my biggest Otodus auriculatus teeth from NJ. This tooth measures 2 11/16 as it is and would've been over 3 inches if complete. It is my second largest auriculatus tooth from New Jersey. Despite not expecting too much, this tr
  16. Hello everyone. I'm making my rounds across my different groups and forums, so if anyone has seen these photos before you'll have to suffer through them again. From June through the end of August I locked in on a concentrated area of sand tigers, makos, and my favorite mega-tooth shark: Otodus auriculatus. I didn't find one every trip out, but my most plentiful day gifted me 3, and my last trip out provided me with the largest tooth I have ever recovered from the garden state. I battled minuscule mosquitoes and a horsefly that was every bit horse as it was fly. Despite nature's bes
  17. Hello! These were all found in Monmouth County, New Jersey (Late Cretaceous). I have believed the first tooth to be Xiphactinus Vetus for years but am a little thrown off by the general texture of it and after searching images of Xiphactinus teeth, I can't find another that looks similar. I have found deteriorated Mosasaur teeth with a similar appearance so I was wondering if it could just be stream-worn. The tooth is about an 1.5 inches long, has two very defined cutting edges and a nice curve (which are all consistent with X. Vetus). The last thing I could add - it ei
  18. My past two trips to Ramanessin Brook in Holmdel, NJ have been especially productive. Resulting in much larger teeth and much more diverse finds, Ramanessin has proven to be a much better spot than Big Brook for me. Here are the finds from the first trip: Many large anterior goblin shark teeth; a very large crow shark tooth; some very nice mackerel shark teeth; two pycnodont teeth; coral; a large ghost shrimp claw; a large ammonite fragment; a scallop with both shells intact; what I believe to be a fragment of a very large sawfish tooth (though it does seem especially stri
  19. Hey everyone, I just moved to South Jersey (from North Jersey) a few months back. I love fossil hunting, but I am afraid that I do not know much about the area other than some of the bigger sites or finds (i.e. Hadrosaurus in Haddonfield, the Rowan site). Today, I drove to check out the tributaries around Big Timber Creek in Stratford. While the stratigraphy looked quite nice at a few places, I unfortunately came out empty handed. I work in GIS so I have been following the bedrock with stream layers, but I suspected that I probably should add topology in there! I am hoping to follo
  20. Purplesandpiper

    Tooth id from northern NJ creek

    Found this the other day. Very long rooted but extremely worm mammal like tooth. Thought it was modern but burn test did not reveal any burnt hair smell and chipped a part of the root off to reveal what looks like mineralization. Any tips on this one? Tried to include as many angles as I could along with a tape measure to show size in length and width. thanks!
  21. Several months ago (February 2022), I completed my donation of a large Pristis sp. spine to the New Jersey State Museum (NJSM) in Trenton, NJ. I collected this specimen from the Eocene and Miocene deposits of New Jersey some months earlier. Rodrigo Pellegrini and co. were excited to receive the find and display it in what I believe is an exhibit on the sharks and fishes of the NJ's Eocene and Miocene (I have not confirmed that this exhibit has occurred, nor have I visited the museum recently). Attached below is the find, along with a photo of my other finds from that outing. When
  22. I have been fossil hunting in the Monmouth County, NJ area for quite a few trips now, and I have accumulated a good amount of fossils I haven’t been able to ID. Here are some of them: Note: feel free to ask for more angles; I didn’t want to post too many images. 1 inch for scale Found in Ramanessin - no idea what it is Found in both brooks - 5 in middle look to be same species; I believe far-right is pycnodont or hadrodus Left - found in Ramanessin; think its coral Right - found in Big Brook; thought it was coral when I found it but I’m now leaning to
  23. Wonderful day to hit the brooks yesterday, there was quite a crowd of folks at Ramanessin. I came away with this oddball Goblin shark tooth shortly after helping a father and his son with IDing their finds. Thought I'd share as in the handful of years I've wandered these brooks I have only seen similar twisted pathology once and on a tooth much smaller than this. Teeth from this location very rarely exceed 1.5" and this one measures 1.6", slightly smaller than my personal largest find at 1.8"
  24. Moses Oberlander

    Interesting Big Brook find

    Hi. Any ideas on this one?
  25. MrsMojoRisin

    Fossils of Big Brook in NJ

    Found this at Big Brook in NJ. Looks a little different than the throw aways I found so I held onto it. Not sure what it is so please help! Thanks!
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