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Found 261 results

  1. West Texas Trip

    Well, I returned from my West Texas hiatus a few days ago, and have had time to process some of my finds. These were primarily found in the Terlingua area. Some ammonites - not sure if any prep work can expose more on these. Also some belemnitella, I think, and possibly a crab? Please let me know your thoughts. I believe these came from the Boquillas formation, but I am not entirely certain. There is a LOT of rock in West Texas.
  2. Howdy y'all. Its been a while since I have reported on any fossil outings. Been busy. Two weekends ago I took my German friend, Finn, out to one of my ammonite sites. It was a brisk 40 degrees F (5 C) and windy. So, yeah, pretty chilly. (We did not get the deep freeze they got in the upper midwest). I call this site JPC355. I have been here at least 25 times and I have almost stopped picking up baculites here, but I always get a few. The site has a lot of baculites and a few much less common non-baculite ammonites. All of these are often preserved in calcite and can show great suture lines. This is in the Campanian Cody Shale (late Cret., about 80 million years old). Here is Finn off in the distance. In my early days of bird photography, (way before digital made it easy) we used to call this an ecosystem shot. See if you can find Finn. And here he is collecting a baggie full of baculites. These were his first baculites so he collected about three sandwich bags full. Here is Finn's best ammonite that he found himself. It is an incomplete Scaphites hippocrepis. Nice yellow calcite. This is my small herd of baculites. Speaking of herds,we saw a herd of about 40 elk on the way home. My picture of them is even more of an ecosystem shot than the photo of Finn above. I usually get one or two S. hippocrepis. Here is mine for the day (I also gave two to Finn). This one is complete (left). The ammonite on the right is a much less common Haresiceras. I only have five or six of these from this site, so always good to find one. And I don't know why the picture is sideways. H on top, S on the bottom. And lastly the most exciting, find... a piece of a Glyptoxoceras. In 25 or so visits, I have never found this thing here; nor have I seen any of my guests find one. And I have taken a lot of people out here, including a few of you folks. This is only my second one, so yeah, an uncommon ammonite in my world. I am thrilled when I find something new. Hope you enjoyed this midwinter vicarious fossil outing. I did, and I know Finn did. (Last weekend he went out hiking with another friend and they saw a herd of 500-600 pronghorn. That is a lot).
  3. Finally got out again!

    The weather suddenly warmed up for a few days and started melting the snow, so I figured I'd grab the opportunity yesterday and check out the Geisingen area as long as the weather held. It's supposed to get colder again next week, so I thought I'd try to take advantage before more snow gets dumped on us. This was my first sojourn in over a month, so I was just glad to get out into the field, even if it didn't pan out much. I'd heard that a group had been digging with some success at the clay pit, so I thought I'd have a look-see to at least assess the situation there. It turned out that the spot where they had dug was pretty obvious, but the clay from above had slid down and buried it, which would make for a days work for a group of 4. I then decided to explore the old north end of the pit in the hopes that slips had perhaps created some new exposures, didn't find any though, so I doubled back down the east edge to a spot where I'd found some loose blocks in the distant past and started scratching around a bit. Luck was with me this time in the form of a nicely weathered block which gave up 3 well-preserved ammos and a few bivalves. I was needless to say already more than satisfied with these results, but since it was still early in the afternoon, I decided to check out a field nearby which had been productive in the past. I had noticed while driving past it on the way to the pit that it had been freshly plowed. This also turned out to be a good decision. I ended up after a couple of hours with a mini sack full of ammos in varying conditions of preservation, some in matrix, some free. All in all, it was a good day, so my itch has been stilled for another month or so, I would say. I didn't think to take my camera along again , so there are no in situ pictures, but I can at least provide you with a photo of the finds and I promise to post some of them once they're prepped.
  4. Tonight, I started a block that iv had for quite some time, and being dying to prep. Annoyingly, the split from the nodule was very poor, cause a few different cracks, all the way through the ammonite. I glued this back up two days ago and let it set before starting prep. I couldn’t wait to get home from work today, so I could begin the real work. Prep photos to follow in the comments as I can’t size down these files any more
  5. Hi all, Rather late than never, i managed some time to make a photo galery of my best find of 2018. I mostly hunted trilos, but also manages a few trips for ammonites, echinoids and even graptolithes. The time span is quite wide also : ordovician, silurian, jurassic and cretaceous. I wont post everything (it's been a productive year again) here but you can see it in the galery : or on my flickr galery here : https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9dKo7r Regards
  6. Ammonites - Epidaurus

    Need help identifying the following ammonites. Found these fragments in limestone, in the locality Theokafta of the Argolis Peninsula, near the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (Greece, eastern Peloponnesus). The limestone contains condensed ammonoid beds of the Hallstatt facies (Triassic: Anisian–Ladinian). The size of A is about 8 cm and B is about 6cm (which woyld probably make it about 10-12cm if complete). Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
  7. Thought this would be an interesting one for anybody overseas, who has never heard of Yorkshire’s Golden Cannonballs. Theyre only found in the UK along the Yorkshire coastline. With a 1/15 chance of having something inside, it’s safe to say they can be quite rare, and are always sought after. More often than not, they either contain one, or multiples of Eleganticeras ammonites inside. I’ll never tire of finding them. Theyre found in the shake jet rocks, and take hours to polish up the iron pyrite to give them their golden glow of you like. Here’s one I recently prepared.
  8. Ammonites Paper request

    I am looking for publications (Cretacico albiano) of Escragnoles 04 France Thank you Michele
  9. Ammonite photography

    I've recently been experimenting with photographing some of my ammonite collection. It can be quite tricky to get creative photos of smaller specimens, so I have been building light modifiers and a miniature studio to see what I could come up with. I recently lost my job, so I'm hoping that perhaps I can sell fine art prints of some of these at some point in the future. For now though, I have a lot more tinkering to do. I won't go into detail naming the species, because I'm way too tired and would probably get it wrong anyway. All of these ammonites are under 2cm/.8 inch wide. Harpoceras? Somerset UK Unknown, Somerset UK Unknown, Russia. Same as above, detail Same as above, detail Unknown, Folkestone UK
  10. Albian ammonites ID help

    Hello! I hope to get help from experts to ID some Albian/ Vraconian ammonites. All are from the Zirc Limestone formation, Hungary, Bakony Mts. The locality contains condensed lens of Stoliczkaia dispar & Mortoniceras fallax zones. Thank you in advance! NoID 1 (Clearly not Salaziceras salazecense form, could be some Zuluscaphites/ Metascaphites form? (based on the monography, not Zuluscaphites orycteropusi or helveticus not Metascaphites sholzi or thomasii either) NoID 2 (I thought this some Stoliczkaia juvenile form (???), found this size a few more, no bigger specimens) NoID 3 (Could be Dypoloceras or Hysteroceras???) With Kind Regards
  11. stained glass clock

    From the album Jurassic stuff uk

    Another ammonite clock made in stained glass.
  12. Lyme Regis Trip

    Firstly apologies for the lateness of this post, spent a week down in Lyme Regis from the 17th of December. Was out most evenings and some mornings due to the tide times, however i found hunting at night just as productive and with a lot less competition! The weather had been incredibly rough and was a bit unsettling at night when you could hear parts of the cliff falling down! The first few nights i mainly found ammonites and a few pieces of rolled bone (no photos of these, can put some up if anyone wishes me too) Best find was a partial ichthyosaur rostrum from below the Black Ven. Unfortunately no teeth and it has been very well rolled! None the less i was most pleased to find it. Found a couple more nice sized ammonites covered in pyrite and one well worn vertebra. See attached images. If anyone would like anymore photos please do not hesitate to ask. All in all a good week. Thanks for reading.
  13. Last Friday and last Sunday I visited the quarry Mistelgau in Bavaria. Its since 2005 abandoned and a very beautiful geotop. But you can still find fossils there! It's possible to find various Jurassic fossils like ammonites, gastropodes, marine reptile bones .... I was mainly interested in finding some Ichthyosaur bones and all in all I was quite successful. Here is a picture of the quarry: Belemnits can be found everywhere ... I found 6 Ichthyosaur vertebrae and 5 paddle bones. The vertebrae: The two associated vertebrae are my favourite ones. Unprepped: And prepped: The preparation wasn't too easy. It took 3 or 4 hours. Some more detailed pictures of vertebrae: Unprepped: Prepped:
  14. Old Ammonite Prep

    Here’s another old prep that I finished up today. This is another from the old collection with no information. So, if anyone knows what these are (besides ammonites ) or where they are from I’d be grateful for the help. This is how it came out from the pile on the back of the shelf. I had done a small amount of prospective scribing but not much.
  15. Aptien

  16. Callovien stage

    A part of my callovien stage collecting
  17. Here’s one of my rarer finds. Maybe not for the genus itself, but the size. I found this right when I very first started collecting, I took it home, and glued it up. A few months back I was having a clear up, and found it in a draw, not remembering what it what. I then popped it open again to see what was inside, as you can see, it was quite the mess, and was definitely a reverse prepper. Aroun 8 hours later and here she is in all her glory. A 4 inch Pseudolioceras Boulbiense. A rather rare size, usually they come around 2 inches at the most. Hope you all enjoy
  18. Hello fossil folks, Me and my fiancée will be in Austin, Texas from January 8-13th next year visiting one of her best friends. During these few days I will have time for myself to go fossil crazy haha. I will probably have to ship whatever I find home and I’m ok with that as it opens up possibilities for me to collect more material I've done some research and there seems to be almost too much information for me to make a real educated decision. I read about a lake you can collect at but you need a permit...the finds are great. I’d get a permit if I had to no grip there. I have 1 day do hunting and I’ll want to try to maximize my efforts. Several years ago my paleontology professor showed me some jaw dropping ammonites from Texas he collected at rivers but I have no clue where. I’d love to get into some ammonites and maybe some Cretaceous material with possible mosasaur teeth/verts? I reached out to @KimTexan because I saw her comment on a post of mine in the past and she was very kind! Kim is from much further north but said we have some great forum members and admins from Texas! So I guess I’m just trying to make sure I pick the right spot or spots for my 1 day of fossiling lol. Maybe I can meet up with some members who want to teach a Paleozoic New Yorker what the Mesozoic is all about . I would bring a nice fossil from New York as a gift! Thank you in advance for any advice I may get! Al
  19. From the album Cretaceous

    Placenticeras minor (ammonite shell fragment) Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Mattawan Group Ramanessin Brook Holmdel, New Jersey
  20. I did another ammonite hunting trip to South Dakota this last September with my youngest son and we brought home a ton of rock. Last week my son came over and we got to work. He set up my tile saw with some hot water and I started marking rock where it needed to be cut. We cut a lot of crab concretions too but thats for another thread. I have to say it was a very fun day but now I have my work cut out for me, pun intended. There is some easy stuff to prep and of course some harder stuff to prep. I will start with an easy one. This little ammonite came apart and part of the living chamber was on the opposing piece of rock. I marked that hunk of rock, my son cut it and after it had dried I glued it back on and after 24 hours I scribed off the rock and WaaaaLaaaaa!! This piece is still not done. Im going to cut off a bunch more rock and finish it up so it stands nice and is still in part of the matrix. I believe this is Discoscaphites conradi found in the Fox Hills Formation and is Cretaceous in age. RB
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