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  1. I have been an avid collector of Astoria Formation fossils from the Oregon coast for a number of years, and plan on putting up a web page that shows every known invertebrate species from the Newportian stage of the Astoria formation (plus as many vertebrate and plant species as possible). In my collection I am still short by a dozen or so invertebrate species out of the nearly-100 described in the literature, although I have also found a dozen or so that AREN'T in the literature, and plan on describing and naming them if they are indeed "new" species. So I was wondering if there were any fel
  2. Burke_Family

    Is this a vertebra?

    We found this in southern Oregon. Our first idea was that it was just an interesting, normal beach rock. Looking more closely at it, it appears to be bony. We’re wondering if it might be a vertebra, and if so from what type of animal? It’s approximately 3” x 4” x 1.5” (images show cm ). Also, we’d gladly take recommendations on reference resources we can use to help us narrow down IDs on our own. (But we definitely appreciate the input!) Thanks
  3. Neanderthal Shaman

    Beverly Beach Bivalves

    Recently got back from a trip out to the Oregon coast. It wasn't with the expressed purpose of fossil hunting, but I was in the area, so I spent a couple of hours at Beverly Beach breaking some loose rocks (digging into the Astoria Formation itself is strictly prohibited). A large Pecten with my hand for scale. Too big to keep. A couple of Anadara. A miniscule but well-preserved naticidae, or moon snail. A Katherinella, which I still have to remove from the matrix.
  4. RockSpongeTaco

    Moolack Beach, OR - Possible Bone?

    Hi, Was down beachcombing Oregon after the recent storms and stopped at Moolack to look for fossils. I'm generally familiar with the bivalves and other invertebrate fossils that are present. However this particular specimen has me scratching my head. It appears to be in the same hard mudstone that most of the invertebrate fossils are in, however there are many grey look-alike rocks on the beach and this one has obviously been tumbled for a while with the other beach cobbles. It is about 4 inches (long axis), and 2x2 inches (short axis, on end). I've seen toredo wood, wh
  5. CH4ShotCaller

    Bones 'n Teeth

    Spent the day in Washington's Astoria Formation. I was looking for anything avian related, but anything, especially pinniped or cetacean would be just fine. Found a few shark teeth, nowhere near as plentiful as the Carolinas and some whale bones (ribs and a vertebrae). If I'm hunting, I'm happy.
  6. CH4ShotCaller

    My Best Year

    After 55 years of collecting, hunting, making friends, researching, listening to those with experience and hiking thousands of miles, I am nearing the pinnacle of my endeavor. The restrictions in Washington state concerning fossil collecting is strict and many of my old sites are closed. There's ways around those restrictions and they're legal, but it's a thin line to walk, literally. I believe those restrictions forced me to a new approach that has become very rewarding. Plus, I've started donating my collections, it's gratifying. Besides, I can't take 'em with me. Here's another
  7. CH4ShotCaller

    Back In The Saddle

    Dear Friends! My apologies for staying away for many years. Things change, life evolves. Quick update: yes, I'm still alive, built a new house, nearly gave up on fossil hunts because of the restrictions. But! you can't keep someone's passion, especially fossil folks (we're stubborn like that) under lock and key forever. Met several new friends, started taking longer hikes deeper into the field, hills and canyons. Studied and researched the geology of my region and drank lots of coffee. With the help of some friends, I started understanding the history better. The
  8. fosssilfan

    Fossil from the beach?

    Hello! I am new to the forum, and this is my first time posting. Today I was at Moolack Beach on the Oregon Coast (part of the Astoria formation, I think), and I found something I hadn’t seen before. I found it in the surf. Attached are multiple photographs. Please forgive the zoom/occasional blurriness. The fossil seems to be about 10cm (~4in) long, and 5.5cm (~2in) wide at the wider end. Thank you for checking it out!
  9. RainBoKatchr

    Photographing microgastropods

    I have found a number of species in the Astoria Formation near Newport Oregon that are not in the literature, and I am planning on putting up a web site that describes them and makes proposals for their species names. And several of these are micromollusks.....a few bivalves, but mostly gastropods, with the smallest species being 1.2 mm high (not all that far from the world record of 0.7mm for a gastropod). And my digital camera, even in "macro-mode," can't begin to provide a usable photo of such an object. Does anyone have any ideas as far as photography equipment for small items that is a
  10. This Gastropod does not seem to be in Ellen Moore's book and there seems to be different opinions as to what it might be. Is there anyone who can tell me exactly what this is and show me a picture of the specimen they refer to? Miocene Astoria Formation Oregon
  11. I figured it was a mollusk, but my knowledge of such is very limited. I have made a shot in the dark that it is Gryphea? But I am unsure if it would even fit the time period (Miocene) or the location of the Astoria Formation in Oregon. Please put any guesses you may have even if they seem totally wrong. By the way Its glossy texture is due to a coating i put on it due to its tendency to flake off pieces, not the fossils look.
  12. A rare, deep water, extinct volute that is up to 8 inches.
  13. Happybeachfossils


    This is both sides of what looks to me like portions of a crab. I found this yesterday on the central Oregon coast, Astoria Fm. I believe. I found a few very odd things which I will share for group consideration. I am a newbie and welcome any input.
  14. Happybeachfossils

    Very Odd Bivalve

    I find amazing numbers of bivalves on the Oregon coast but this is very odd. Looks like the standard clam but with a preserved internal anatomical structure. Any thoughts?
  15. Happybeachfossils

    Tiny But Interesting

    Today's find on the beach. This was found in Newport, OR, Astoria formation. Plant? Worm trails? Odd rock? Thanks for sharing any thoughts.
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