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  1. garyc

    Help for a visitor

    My wife and I are visiting at the end of September for a few days. We will be in Hot Springs staying at the Mammoth Site. I’ll be visiting with Richard White (The Fossil Forum member/paleontologist). I’m bringing my capybara skull I found a couple years ago for him to research and make a 3 D copy. I’m hoping to do some fossil hunting while there. Does anyone have a suggestion where I can get access to huntable areas nearby, even if they are pay-to-dig? Thanks!
  2. PEMBWL

    Is this a bone fragment?

    This specimen was found north of Red Shirt, SD. Is this a bone fragment?
  3. PEMBWL

    bone fragment ID

    This bone fragment was found east of Red Shirt, SD. Any ideas about the type of animal and bone?
  4. fossilhunter21

    South Dakota ammonite ID

    So I bought this ammonite at a shop while I was on vacation but it didn't have the species/genus with it. So I would really like to know what the species is (if possible). Thanks in advance!
  5. hadrosauridae

    Distal MT3 of a Hadrosaur

    Finished my latest prep. Now, I realize that in the worlds of both commercial and academic paleo, this is a useless, junk fossil. Its an unassociated, partial in poor condition, and any final monetary value doesnt meet the time invested in the prep. However, its special for me in that its my first "wild" find. I hiked, explored, tracked the float, found the end of this in the face of a wall, then excavated it. I was hoping for a much more complete fossil, but this was it. It is highly fractured and deeply root rotted. But I carefully disassembled all its parts, cleaned them, consolidated t
  6. PaleoNoel

    Interesting Hell Creek Vertebra

    Hi everyone, I found this little, mostly complete vertebra in the Hell Creek formation of South Dakota in 2019. I don't really know what to make of it as it's very porous, and amphiplatyan (flat on both sides), although I'm not sure how much of that could be attributable to wear. I believe it's safe to cross of squamate (due to lack of concavity) and champsosaur (overall shape) off the list. While most of the crocodilian verebrae I have found in the hell creek have have a convex and concave end, I am aware that some can be found that are flat sided. The porosity of the bone makes me hopeful th
  7. ThePhysicist

    Triceratops prorsus Tooth

    Identification: On the ranch where this tooth was found, only T. prorsus skulls have been found in the 30+ years the company has operated there, lending a very probable, precise identification for this Ceratopsian tooth. (T. prorsus was one of the last dinosaurs, younger than T. horridus. The two species are also stratigraphically separated in the Hell Creek Fm.[2], so it makes sense that one may only find one species in a particular deposit.) For most Ceratopsid teeth (from the Hell Creek Fm., for example), only association with an identifiable skull can allow for identification beyond C
  8. I will be moving to Rapid City this fall for my masters, and would love to do some rockhounding, maybe find some fossils. I did find this great map; http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/76244-fossil-bearing-units-map/ And of course, I have state and other geologic maps (and university library if I want it, probably) at my disposal. I enjoy exploring new territory, for sure. But some tips on good areas/regions to look in would also be great. I am certainly not opposed to prospecting some myself, but tips from fellow rockhounds are always welcome! I don't know
  9. I have never found a jaw like this. The only thing I can find that is similar is tapir which would be pretty rare for this area. Found in south central South Dakota. Miocene
  10. diginupbones

    Tiny epiphysis?

    Any ideas on which bone this is and who it belonged to?
  11. diginupbones

    Hoof core

    I always wanted to find one of these and I finally found a nice one! Is there any way to tell which critter this came from?
  12. Day 2 of our exploration trip, this time we were exploring a ranch in the Pierre shale. This was a massive ranch which Walter had done a small amount of exploration years ago. The 3 teams split up again, and my group went to the farthest north of the ranch to begin. This required miles of off-road driving. Its incredible how much area some of these ranches contain! Even though we spent about an hour searching, we didnt find any fossils, although my son and I found 2 arrowheads. I was happy with those, as they were the first ones I have ever found. We moved on to another area
  13. hadrosauridae

    2 week exploration - day 4

    Day 4 was a special treat! Neal Larson came to the field station to give a brief talk on Ammonites, Baculites, and the Pierre shale formation. Then we loaded up and went to hunt Neal's own site, and OMG what a site it is! The only description that came to mind was "an embarrassment of riches". From the instant we stepped out of our cars, we were walking on baculites! The ground was covered with them. It wasnt about being able to find, it was just a search for quality. Neal had a goal for this hunt, and that was to find a Baculites with the jaws still in the chamber. For all his hunting
  14. For day 3, it was decided to go back to the Deers Ears butte. Everyone was sore and worn out from 2 days of hiking, so a chance to stay in a single spot and dig would be a chance to rest. My team went to the Tooth Draw quarry, the others went to other sites, including one new one. The day started pretty slow, but then mid afternoon my son uncovered a tooth (havent determined T.Rex or Nano). I was so proud of him, he did an expert job in recovery. The tip was broken insitu and could have been easily separated or lost, but he was slow, careful and judicious with the paleobond and got the to
  15. What a trip my son and I had this year! We started out in the Hell Creek fm of South Dakota. This was a special trip through Paleo Adventures for his "veteran" guests who have already spent a few years with him and could operate without supervision. We started out hunting a new ranch. This property is virgin ground with LOTS of acreage that needed exploration. The group was split into 3 teams, each taking a different area. Our team was further split into pairs. So, it was my son and me, exploring for new outcrops. The sun was intense, the temperature hot, and hours of hiking and sta
  16. Just returned from collecting trip to my usual Edmontosaurus bonebed site in South Dakota. It was one of the worst weather trips over the years I've been collecting with daily AIR temps between 90 to 102 degrees F and winds typically in the 25 mph range and some days gusts hit 40mph. Temps on the bluff were much higher and the winds limited our use of tents so we were constantly blasted with sand and sun. The good news was no rain so despite the hardships one could collect. We targeted getting to the site by 6am and gave up around 2pm. I pass through Hill City, SD to get
  17. Need some help identifying a fossil. This was found in Pennington co. South Dakota near the Indian creek basin. It was found in an area with many titanotherium fossils. I believe it is embedded in bone as well. Not sure what other info would be helpful so please ask.
  18. I want to share a nice Astragalus of an Edmontosaurus, from Tooth Draw Quarry, Hell Creek Formation, South Dakota. According to the shape of the fossil, I guess this is from left leg of the Edmontosaurus.
  19. Lactaniac

    Found in South Dakota - Tooth?

    Recently found this on a buddy’s ranch in South Dakota. Approx 1 3/4” long. Any ideas??
  20. Hey everyone! I know it’s a long shot, but I’m currently in Montana and will be for abt 1 1/2 more days, and was wondering if anyone had any ammonite sites in Montana, South and North Dakota, or Wyoming, I’d be willing to trade a spot, or take whomever it was out to Ernst quarries, or trade fossils for the site, if anyone’s interested in that, please let me know.
  21. thelivingdead531

    The Mammoth Site and more

    I will warn you all now that this is a photo heavy post, especially for The Mammoth Site. I wanted anyone to see everything that I was able to since they might not get there on their own. I'll start with The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. It's still an active paleontological site that was first discovered in 1974 while building for a housing development. The story of how the site came to be can be found on mammothsite.org. Please forgive my succinct description, my family has been driving around for several days and we're tired. I'm happy to try to answer any questions
  22. I have here three verts from the Hell Creek of Harding County, South Dakota. They were sold as dinosaur. I'm wondering if it's possible to narrow it down further than that. This one is 2.13" long and 1.89" wide
  23. The virus put a damper on my Spring dinosaur collecting trip but I was able to get a partial one in for the Fall. I was able to spend several days at my usual Edmontosaurs bonebed but unfortunately only one day at a channel deposit in Montana where theropod/mammal material can be found. Hopefully next year will be more normal, Hopefully. Quite a few new members since my last trip so I will get into more specifics to get them a view of how I collect this material. First let me share with you a view of the collecting area and the LOCAL wildlife that we deal with on a
  24. PaleoNoel

    Ankylosaur armor?

    I was hoping some folks on the forum could confirm this ID for me. I found this interesting little piece in the hell creek formation of South Dakota back in July with Paleoprospectors. I was told by one of the guides that it could potentially be a piece of skull armor from a young ankylosaur. I want to know what everyone here thinks.
  25. Squirrelman91

    Hell Creek Claw ID - Dakotaraptor?

    Hi everyone! I have a large claw from the Hell Creek Formation of Harding County, South Dakota that I was hoping to have help identifying. It is large enough that I initially believed it stood a chance at being tyrannosaurid, but it seems a bit more compressed than tyrannosaur claws I’ve worked with in the past - particularly on the lower ridge. The ventral surface of the claw is also distinctly flat rather than rounded, which seems unusual. Could this be a Dakotaraptor claw or is that just wishful thinking? Large Anzu perhaps? It is right around 1.75 inches across the length of the claw (sorr
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