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  1. Hello everyone! I wanted to share the project that I'm most proud of this year. Over the last year, we've been poking around, trying to find formation in a Merchantville stream in Central New Jersey. We had to dig (a lot) for this but found a few diggable areas. This is a sensitive spot as it's the only place in the world you can find Menabites walnutensis (besides a few isolated examples from Texas), and it's the only place in the USA you can find Baculites vaalsensis. There are a lot of other goodies too so I'll show my entire collection from this area.
  2. I was able to get out for the first mountain hike this season recently after being held back due to storms. The weather had been too hot the last several weeks to get out in the mountains due to afternoon thunderstorms building up making it hazardous for hiking and to leave an aircraft exposed at 5,000’ elevation. Most of the large pictured ammonites are Pachydiscus sp. so here we go, a photo trip in the Matanuska Formation, Member 3. Yes, it is as steep as it looks. Not for the faint of heart. This particular ammonite has been exposed for three seasons now and to
  3. Jurassicz1

    Baculite from Pierre Shale

    I got this baculite in a fossil show. From the Pierre shale of South Dakota. He gave me a handwritten label that I can't tell what it says 100% Regards - Adriano
  4. Our local geological society does a small but very nice "Earth Treasures Show" about this time every year. While most of what I picked up were more in the line of mineral specimens, I did score one fossil this year. Nothing spectacular, I realize, but better than anything I've collected on my own. Nice sutures. Incidentally, I just got volunteered to be our program director, which means I'm in charge of finding an interesting speaker every month. With COVID, we've been meeting by Internet the last few months, which has actually expanded our scope for speake
  5. flyingpenut

    North Sulphur River Trip

    Pictures from my latest NSR trip. Some mosasaur verts and bones, a jaw, ammonites, baculites, and of course the normal array of oddities. No really good verts but still fun. Does anyone know what jaw this would have come from? Also the turtle looking shell and the large white bone next to it feel a lot heavier than recent bone to me so maybe Pleistocene. Ill send a few close ups of those and of the crazier stuff later.
  6. Finds from North Sulfur River in Ladonia Texas. Baculite part of a nautilus. Baculite Bits of Baculite All the layers of a huge gryphea On left 2 huge gryphea. Red and black baculite. the algea covered thin over TX I thought could be the underside of a sea urchin. Sorry a few rocks snuck in there and at the top at first I thought it was a chunk of petrified wood but now am thinking it could be a wore down bone fragment.
  7. ThePhysicist

    NSR Hunt 3/15/2021

    Went for a short hunt at the NSR today, with only a few finds - it's been a minute since there's been a good rain, and it seemed well-picked-over where I was looking. I found a few pieces of bone, including a couple of either finger bones or very small vertebrae. I also found a piece of flint with potential microflaking. Perhaps the best find is a potential large scraper tool. Bones in situ: I think this could be a scraper based on its general shape, material (chert), and the nature of the flaking - which only appears on
  8. flyingpenut

    North Sulphur River Vert

    I took a trip to nsr after some decent rain in the middle of January. Here in Texas the weather can be hot, cold, or anything in between and it turned out it was a nice day in the 60s. I found a decent mosasaur vert, some decent ammonites, and a few other items. Let me know what you think. Pictures 4 and 5 where of a huge ammonite. You can tell by the rock pick it was over a foot wide and the picture doesn't show but the outer shell that was deteriorating was iridescent and really pretty. I don't think I have seen an ammonite with actual shell still intact however everything else
  9. I found this in 1989 on the upper Powder River in Wyoming. It was in an area with lots of these baculite-shaped things. I thought it would make a great knife handle so that's what I did. However, I've never seen anything like it. It has the general shape of a baculite but the exterior seems to be covered by something. I get the "sense" of a type of sea weed, or a jelly fish or something, but I doubt very seriously something soft like that could fossilize. So I am looking for an expert to tell me what I have. Also interesting, is different aspects of the "raised" features are different c
  10. Gregory Kruse

    Wyoming Baculite Identification Help

    Hello, Last week, I found this baculite eroding out of a concretion in Casper, WY along the recreational bike path. The shale erodes out of the hillside and is presumably part of the Cretaceous Cody Fm. Can someone help me verify and identify this baculite? Are there any references to the stratigraphy and or fossil assemblages in the Casper area? Sorry for the poor photo quality. Thank you!
  11. Found this on the surface in a Brazos River feeder creek near Houston. It was not near any known exposure, but the Brazos itself transport marine Eocene and Paleocene from up north. It also erodes out Pleistocene bone pretty often. The bank of this feeder creek was sandy with clay underneath. One end of the cross section appears to show something organic within. When looking in from the empty end, the cavity wall is rough but doesn't look like bone-porous. Lick test of the outer surface is positive, noticeably, which makes me think this is marine. Overall, the segment is 1" i
  12. flyingpenut

    North Sulphur River 10-2-20

    Here are a few pictures from another recent trip to NSR. Nothing special again but also a few interesting items I have no idea that they are. Anyone know what some of these pictures are of? IMG_4123.HEIC IMG_4127.HEIC IMG_4148.HEIC IMG_4130.HEIC IMG_4144.HEIC IMG_4141.HEIC IMG_4143.HEIC IMG_4147.HEIC IMG_4145.HEIC IMG_4146.HEIC
  13. Kev

    Plesiosaur Bones?

    I suspect this to be mosasaur. Can anyone confirm and more accurately identify?
  14. musicnfossils

    Help on Sea Fossils

    A customer gave me some neat fossils today, I couldn’t tell ya where they were collected unfortunately. Is the larger one a baculite? No clue on the smaller one. Larger one has crystals inside the fossil, pretty neat. Thanks in advance.
  15. Ruger9a

    Baculite with "Nautiloid dinner"

    Good morning folks. I have a strange Baculite that "appears" to have eaten a Nautiloid for it's last meal. I dropped the Baculite and it broke. Originally I was disappointed until I saw the contents. The Baculite is from Belfush, Dakota. Am I wrong or does the Baculite seem to have ingested a small Nautiloid?
  16. JamieLynn

    North Sulfur River Hunt

    I completely forgot that this last weekend was a "holiday" weekend and went on a day tripper up to the North Sulfur River near Dallas (an almost 5 hour drive). I met a new fossil friend named John who was going to take me to some of the more 'out of the way" spots he usually hunts to try to find a few specific things - a mosasaur tooth and vert being the top of my list, plus he was going to take me to a spot where we could hopefully find a really awesome looking cephalopod (Scaphites). The first spot was already picked over, sadly, the disadvantage of not getting there before 10am I guess! I
  17. ThePhysicist


    From the album: North Sulphur River

    Baculites are abundant at NSR. These are typical specimens; some are nice with good suture lines, others are really eaten up.
  18. BudB

    NSR, April 7th

    I made my second trip to the North Sulfur River today. I had planned on going yesterday, but it was pretty chilly early, and today was forecast to be much warmer, plus the water was still coming down, so I settled for a 50 mile bike ride yesterday, and headed for the NSR this morning. I seem to be making the most of this time of social distancing / off work. A bike ride yesterday, NSR today, and I'll be crappie fishing tomorrow. If this is a preview of retirement, sign me up. Once again, I just went to the Ladonia Fossil Park. I hiked downstream, the opposite of the direction I headed last tim
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