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  1. I did some exploring by an area of Shoal Creek (Austin, Texas) that experienced a large landslide recently. I first tried Bouldin Creek but I stumbled onto a group of free-range city dwellers bathing in the creek. It was a bit awkward so I just left. The location I found on Shoal Creek experienced a large landslide resulting in exposed rocks. The area seems to be a natural drainage area so the rocks were moist and soft. It was cool to see the various shells eroding out of the soft rock of the landslide. My best find was a few beer cans from the 80's, a slab with some in
  2. Today was the best fossil hunt I've ever had. I feel like I say that every time lately, but it really is true. Today was attempt number three at investigating the Eagle Ford. Attempt number one, in Travis county, found me wandering into the Austin Chalk. I did get a great consolation prize though, in the form of gigantic segment of a Parapuzosia sp. ammonite. Attempt number two was in Williamson county - the Eagle Ford is rare here, only really exposed by housing development. For that reason, I was quite pleased to discover a permanent exposure with consi
  3. Today was the best fossil hunt I've ever had. I feel like I say that every time lately, but it really is true. Today was attempt number three at investigating the Eagle Ford. Attempt number one, in Travis county, found me wandering into the Austin Chalk. I did get a great consolation prize though, in the form of gigantic segment of a Parapuzosia sp. ammonite. Attempt number two was in Williamson county - the Eagle Ford is rare here, only really exposed by housing development. For that reason, I was quite pleased to discover a permanent exposure with consi
  4. Here are some things I've had in the collection for a week or two but haven't ID'd yet. I'm starting to label my collection, so I'm trying to label some of the more obscure pieces as well 1) Water worn echinoid - from a creek in Austin, Texas on the Ozan Formation 2.) Piece of mammal enamel. Found on the same creek. I once found a piece of columbian mammoth enamel at this spot, and from that piece I'm going to guess that this is also mammoth. I'm basing that assumption off of the rough, textured backside of the enamel chip, which I was told to look for in Mammoth
  5. An assortment of interesting finds from our hunt today. This was in the late cretaceous Ozan formation (also called the Lower Taylor Marl, I believe) around the Austin area, in central Texas. I'd like confirmation or correction on some ID's 1) I'm thinking Mosasaur tooth for this one, but since it's small enough to maybe be fish, I'm checking anyway. If measurements end up being important for any of these, I can provide them. 2.) I'm thinking Cretolamna for this shark tooth, but it looks like the cusps have two peaks, which is throwing me off. Any thoughts?
  6. Yesterday was attempt number two at finding exposures of the Eagle Ford formation. My first attempt a month ago found me deep in the city of Austin, searching for the Bouldin Flags member of the Eagle Ford. I had to move upstream to avoid a large homeless camp, and found myself on the Austin chalk instead, where I found a large piece of a Parapuzosia sp. ammonite ( that trip is below) While definitely a memorable hunt, with a cool fossil to show for it, it was technically still a mission failed - the Eagle Ford still eluded me. So yesterday, i decided to try again, this ti
  7. Jackito

    South Austin, TX Bone?

    We found this bone in creek in south east Austin, Tx. It's a quaternary area, and the only other fossils we found were huge shells. This is a first bone my 9 yr old son and I found so we're super excited, and appreciate any help in figuring out what it is Also, my sons bedtime routine now includes us opening the fossil forum and reading though people's trip summary's or looking at the cool things to identify. I appreciate all those folks that contribute their knowledge, time, and patience to us newbies!
  8. Hey ya'll Some finds from a last Sunday. The tooth was found buried in gravel, and was the one result from 2 hours combing a single gravel bar. The day before, that same spot, was extremely productive, funnily enough. That's just how it goes The mammal tooth is small, and may very well be modern, but teeth from various Pleistocene fauna have been found around here that were still white. Just thought it was worth checking. Also, the I'm thinking the rudist piece might be Durania austinensis, based on an ID I got on a similar, larger rudist piece before. Tho
  9. Today was a memorable outing, and our net results were the best I've ever had for a single day in Austin. This morning started quickly. My step brother, Christian, was already knocking on my door at 9:30 - yes, that may be late in the morning for everyone else, but it's a full hour before I'm usually fully awake. I guess that's the trade off for late nights! Yesterday we made plans to spend our day today hunting a spot that I was used to scouring but had not visited in a while. That was not the only motivation for choosing this particular spot th
  10. I've had quite the busy weekend..Saturday I returned from a two week trip to Ohio, and today I started the first day of the new semester. Due to the upcoming school schedule and two weeks without a hunt, I made sure that Sunday would be a day for a thorough, long hunt. One nice bit about being away for so long was that I had lots of time to think about new localities. There was about a three day stretch where I spent multiple hours of each day researching and investigating. I've been juggling my focus between Cretaceous to Pleistocene stuff, and after a while I settled on a po
  11. Jared C

    Pleistocene carnivore tooth

    Hey ya'll I found what I suspect to be a mammalian carnivore (or omnivore) tooth today - it's fossilized, so it ought to be from the Pleistocene, but I found it while hunting cretaceous fossils in Austin (central texas). It's still embedded in the jaw bone. Based on a few brief images from google, I have an outlandish suspicion of what it might be - but I'll leave the actual ID to you guys
  12. Jared C

    Insitu of Austin Tylosaur tooth

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Species: likely Tylosaurus proriger Date of discovery: May 5, 2021 Locale: Austin
  13. Jared C

    Austin Tylosaur tooth

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Species: likely Tylosaurus proriger Date of discovery: May 5, 2021 Locale: Austin
  14. Jared C

    Austin Tylosaur tooth

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Species: likely Tylosaurus proriger Date of discovery: May 5, 2021 Locale: Austin
  15. From the album: Proudest finds

    Parapuzosia bosei July 24, 2021 Austin Chalk (within austin city limits)
  16. Jared C

    Insitu Parapuzosia

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Parapuzosia bosei July 24, 2021 Austin Chalk (within austin city limits)
  17. Hey y'all Today I took a friend of mine fossil hunting for the first time, and to my delight (and relief, lol) he made an interesting find. Several other finds came later as well. Both sides of this mammal tooth chunk have a distinctive "clink", so I figure it must be old enough to at least have faced some preservation. He took his find home when we finished, so unfortunately I have no measurements or up close photos. My guess would be that this is a piece of a bison tooth. Not far away we found a complete bison tooth as well. However, seeming I've found a piece o
  18. JamieLynn

    Austin Texas Creek Hunt

    In Central Texas you don't have to go very far to find fossils. But the Austin Chalk Formation is a little tricky finding good spots which are fairly fossiliferous. Fortunately, the Paleontological Society of Austin visits a couple of good spots and the fossiling was pretty decent this time, because we've had some good rains! This particular creek is really lovely, too....white limestone with green ferns and even some Mustang Grapevines! Although it was a hot day (as per the usual in Texas Summertime) the creek was at least shady and a bit cool and it felt great to stick my feet in the water t
  19. Hey ya'll Today the unexpected happened - I decided that instead of letting my young life waste away in front of a calculus textbook, I should treat my self to a "brief" fossil hunt. I halfheartedly used google maps to find an possible area for some shark teeth (more with the hope of just exploring rather than anything -finding teeth feels like an impossible task here in austin). On arrival, I had no expectations - shark teeth seemed more like a pipe dream, but then instead I found something 100x better. Out in the gravel was what could only be a mosasaur tooth, and I found afossilized b
  20. Jared C

    Suspect Bison tooth, Austin

    Hey ya'll Recently I made a trip to a creek in Austin that I'd been to once before when it produced two Bison molars as well as a piece of Columbian Mammoth enamel (thanks for those ID's btw!) After the snow melted I hit two spots really hard in hopes of shark teeth - no success, but in the same general area I found the mammal teeth last time, I found what I believe to be another bison tooth. Since it isn't fossilized though (I think), it may also just be a recent deer tooth. It's a different tooth compared to the others I've found, so I'd just like to check on an Id. B
  21. Hey y'all Recently I took a look around a creek in Austin hoping for some shark teeth (side note - if you have any advice for finding them in the area please either comment or send me a personal message, I've had no luck yet!) The formations in the area are supposed to be cretaceous - I'm far too new to be able to differentiate their appearances, but I've heard the Dessau gets exposed. Many enormous exogyra were present. One thing I did find however was a shiny orange chip with vertical wrinkling that looks suspiciously like enamel from a mammal tooth, but it has t
  22. Hey guys, I live in Round Rock, about 25 minutes north of Austin and I've been dying to find some shark teeth in the area. Recently I found my first shark tooth in Waco, but that hour and a half drive was only induced after many failed attempts locally. As far as I understand, (and if I'm wrong, please correct me!), one's best bet of finding shark teeth (or even mosasaur teeth/verts) locally is in shoal creek in Austin. More specifically, I've heard about shark teeth turning up in Northwest park, which shoal creek runs through. My brother and I have spent long hard hours looking in
  23. Hi everyone! I found this piece of limestone while hiking near Lost Creek in Austin, Texas. There are two distinctive fossils lodged in the rock. It also looks the large indentation on the right portion of the rock surface may be from the same animal? I believe they are gastropods, but I couldn't find any photos of species that looked liked these with the distinctive stripes running across each section of the shells.
  24. I'm a newbie who lives in the Austin area with a lot of passion for ancient life, but I'm having trouble making a decisive start with with my searches. I have a particular interest in large western interior seaway predators, most notably xiphactinus, but also the mosasaurs and sharks that lived in the area as well. Finding a vertebrae, of perhaps even teeth from these groups would be absolutely wonderful, but of the few creeks in the Austin area I've scouted, I've been able to turn up nothing besides gastropods. This is still despite heavily studying the sometimes confusing Texas geological ma
  25. I found this in the same area where I found the Corbula plate. Found west of Austin, on Highway 290. It was partially still covered, in the side of the road cut, when I slowly wiped away the matrix. Couldn’t believe the length. Immediately stopped collecting and took it to the car for safe keeping. It is not the shell itself but a mold of the shell. Always wondered on the identification. Can someone help me? Thank you in advance.
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