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  1. JacksonFarmer

    My "small" collection - microfossil ID

    My small collection - not sure how to even begin to identify these. These all came from seiving about 3 gallons of gravel from the Eastern portion of the NSR. Any help on identifying these would be greatly appreciated!

    A Classic Hunt on the NSR

    I think North Texans will relate when I say that now and then, the urge to take a drive out to the NSR and spend the day hunting some Campanian gravel bars can spontaneously take complete hold. I had one of those moments just after the series of heavy rains and powerful winds our region encountered some days ago. Previously, my luck with weather at the NSR had been rather poor. Each time, the temps were either nearing a hundred degrees or only just above freezing, making a full on adventure crossing muddy waters and crawling atop unshaded gravel beds too much to handle. I had yet to experience
  3. GPayton

    Came/Bison Scaphoid?

    I found this small bone on my most recent trip to the North Sulphur River. I know the river produces Pleistocene material from the river terrace deposits every once in a while and this bone looks completely different from all of the Cretaceous vertebrate fossils I've seen in the river before (mosasaur, turtle, fish, etc.) so I assumed it must be Pleistocene in age. In fact, it looks exactly like the heavily-mineralized Pleistocene bones I find near Houston. The dark brown color, how smooth and heavy it is, and the high-pitched clink noise it makes when it's tapped by anything metal are all cha
  4. I decided on a whim to make the trek to the North Sulphur River ONE MORE TIME before they dam it up and the good hunting spots are under 60 feet of water. I wasn't planning on going back, as I have not had much luck on the NSR finding my most desired thing....a Texas Mosasaur Tooth (or Vertebra...I'd settle for that even!) but a friend from North Texas was going to go and he KNOWS that river so I figured I'd tag along and maybe, just maybe, this time, the NSR would give up the goods. So I drove the 5 hours up and met up with my friends and had a nice long 6 hour hunt. (and then a 5 hour drive
  5. Visiting fossil collectors from the Odessa school district found the specimen in the first picture and I was reminded of one I found 7 years earlier at the same site shown in the next images. When they asked for the name I had to admit I didn't know. These came from Moss Creek, a nearby tributary of the North Sulphur River and exposing the same deposits, the Ozan Formation from the Taylor Group of the upper Cretaceous. My example is 65 mm long, with a whorl 30 mm X 15 mm. The fragment has a slightly curved shaft, compressed whorl section with a rib index of 4 per whorl height. It h
  6. ThePhysicist

    Tylosaurus tooth

    From the album: Squamates

    A tooth from a large mosasaur that inhabited the Western Interior Seaway during the Late Cretaceous. Tylosaurus was an apex predator with thick teeth that allowed it to predate on anything in its ecosystem from large turtles to sharks. This particular tooth has clear feeding wear on the tip.
  7. Hey everyone! I thought I'd share a few of my finds from the past couple months and get yall's opinions. Over winter break, I went back home to North Texas and did some searching around Ammonite Beach at Texoma and the NSR with my family. At Texoma I had a nice time hammering out a few ammonites, collecting teeth, and surprisingly finding lots of smaller, pyritized ammonites that I did not expect to be there. The NSR was a bit slower, but I at least got a nice Squalicorax as shown in the pics below. Since school has started, I've been down in Austin. I've been finding the usual stuff, but the
  8. GPayton

    Red Bed Lobster Fragments

    From the album: North Sulphur River

    Enoploclytia wintoni (?)
  9. Hi all My son and I were going through our unsorted fossils, and we came upon two vertebrae from the North Sulphur River in Texas that appear similar in shape though differ in size. Both have one vertebral face that is convex while the opposite side is concave. I've read that this type of ball-and-socket joint can be found in both turtles and mosasaurs. What do you all think? Any help is greatly appreciated. Bret
  10. This past weekend I had the time to take some friends on their first fossil hunting trip and went to North Texas. I took them to Post Oak Creek, Lost Creek Reservoir, the North Sulphur River, and the Cane River site in Louisiana I posted about last time. I wasn't expecting too much since there hasn't been much rain and it'd be picked over but I was okay with that since even common material would be new to them. I also ended up having some decent luck myself so I wanted to post some of the finds. At the Eocene Cane River Formation site I collected these bivalves which I hadn't colle
  11. strochim

    Texas NSR fossils, need help

    OK, I posted about going to the North Sulphur River on Friday (Hwy 24 bridge), and now I could use some help to identify some of these specimens. I know these are oysters, but in this first photo of 12, these shells all look different. 1) Are they all different species, or just variations of the same species? Photo #1: 2) Is this a clam, or an oyster? Photos #2a, 2b, 2c, 2d 3) Clam, oyster, other bivalve, or just a rock? Photos #3a, 3b: 4) What about the red one? Clam, oyster, bivalve, o
  12. Is "The Fossil Forum" worthwhile? Absolutely. I've only been a member for about a month. I'm new to collecting. Up to this past weekend, I had only bought a few fossils, or had some given to me. I had not even thought of going on a "hunt". But I've read many posts in the past few weeks, and got excited to try it myself. I even purchased some tools, thanks to recommendations on this site, and prepared a backpack of essentials. Then, I researched posts from Texas (where I live) to see where the recommended spots were. Post Oak Creek and North Sulphur River were common themes. I decided to give t
  13. ThePhysicist

    A Physicist's Collection

    While my prime focus is essentially learning how to accurately describe Nature in the precise language of mathematics, I've always been intrigued by natural history - it's actually what started me on the path to physics. The sort of interrogation that paleontology practices provoked me to think and question even further, down to the fundamental science which makes it all work. Collecting fossils has brought a large amount of enjoyment to my life, and is often a welcome distraction from what can sometimes be straining work. The knowledge that I accumulate along the way is also part
  14. ThePhysicist

    Muddy riverbed

    From the album: North Sulphur River

    Made my first trip to NSR since construction began. There's a significant accumulation of mud, much less ground for hunting fossils.
  15. ThePhysicist

    Small Mosasaur vertebra in situ

    From the album: North Sulphur River

    The only way I can find fossils - if they're right out in the open! This one conveniently perched itself on a rock.
  16. ThePhysicist

    Turtle shell section

    From the album: North Sulphur River

    A large turtle - over 0.5" in thickness. Note the porosity of the interior and the relatively uniform thickness.
  17. ThePhysicist

    Baculites in matrix

    From the album: North Sulphur River

  18. Hi everyone! I'm a newer member to the fossil hunting community. I first started as a little kid, but have only really gotten into it over the pandemic as a hobby. I've done some hunting up around Dallas where I'm originally from, visiting famous spots like NSR and POC. For college, I'm currently living in Austin and have checked out a few nearby spots. These past few months I've been frequenting a local creek that runs through the Ozan layer and have been finding some cool fossils/artifacts. The items I am showing you today are collected from two places. The first assortment (lots
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