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  1. Hey everyone, i've just yesterday returned from another four day fossil trip to Beaumaris: a coastal suburb in Melbourne, Australia with fossiliferous exposures of the Beaumaris Sandstone Formation. The fossils are about 5.5 million years old (latest Miocene) and comprise an extremely diverse range of both marine and terrestrial animals. A great overview of the Beaumaris fossil fauna is provided by this PDF, for those unfamiliar with the site: https://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/beaumaris_fossil_book_museum_victoria.pdf In short, everything from sharks, rays and bony
  2. LostGeneticist

    Fresh or fossilised?

    Hi all, So I recently picked this up at Fossil Beach in Mornington, Victoria. It's pretty easily recognisable as a tooth plate from a toad fish, Diodon (formosus?) which are quite common. My question is is it fossilised/mineralised or fresh(er)? Specimens I have seen from similar locations tended to have a different colour and I don't really have anything to compare it's weight too ( though it seems reasonably dense for it's size to me). I have tapped it on china/teeth and it seems to "ting" and Iv'e held a match under it (though admittedly not for long as I'm a bit nervous about da
  3. DawnOfADream

    Need help identifying a small fossil

    Hello everyone! This is a small fossil I found months ago in the Beaumaris Formation, Victoria, Australia. I've looked through the Fossils of Beaumaris PDF but cannot find anything similar. The measurements are as follows: - 2.5 cm L - 2.4 cm W - 1.2 cm D I have attached some images below which will hopefully be of help!
  4. Hey everyone! I was wondering if you could please help me identify these items and whether they are worth keeping! I found these three today at Beaumaris. The first one (pictures 1 + 2) appears to be some odd, fortuitous weathering of sandstone? In the second (picture 2) it seems that there may be some possible gastropod remains in there? The third item - the baguette! (pictures 3 + 4) It caught my interest due to the ridges on the top and flat base. I assume it's likely an sandstone concretion? It feels like rock on the outside and isn't as heavy as ironstone.
  5. DawnOfADream

    Hello from Victoria!

    Hello everyone! I went for my first fossicking adventure at Beaumaris, Victoria late last week. I was hoping you guys could please help me ID a shark tooth (Image 1) and some other items that I cannot identify (Images 2+3). The dark, cylindrical items in Images 2+3 are hollow inside, which you can see in Image 3. All were found underwater in Beaumaris, Victoria just off the jetty.
  6. DanKurek

    Beaumaris ID

    G'day everyone! I just returned from a trip to Beaumaris today and found something wierd. At first I thought It was a crab as crab fossils were found from this locality: https://beaumarisfossils.org/crabs-burrows/ but I am not too sure. The fossil comes from the Beaumaris Sandstone Formation, late Miocene to early Pliocene. Thanks, Dan Crab fossils found at Beaumaris
  7. As the year comes to a close i decided to do a bit more collecting at one of my favourite Australian sites: Beaumaris near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. Once again i travelled down and stayed at a motel near the beach for three days (27/12/18 through to 29/12/18). This trip is a sequel to the previous two trips i have made here which are also posted on the forum: Jan 2016 trip: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/61248-fossil-hunting-holiday-in-victoria-australia-dec-2015-jan-2016/ Feb 2017 trip: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/71996-fossil-hunting-h
  8. DanKurek

    Beaumaris closed?

    G'day Everyone, Today I was going down to Beaumaris to look for some fossils but the entrance to the Table Rock side from the Yacht Club was fenced off. The sign said 'Unstable Cliffs' so I brushed it off and was about to head over to the Mentone side instead but on the way I was told by a Yacht Club member that the site was fenced off by the local council as the site was in the bid to become a national heritage site. I am a bit confused because I believe the council applied for national heritage in February. If the site is national heritage listed, I believe collecting will be ban
  9. FrostbyteFossils

    Possible bone fragment from Beaumaris

    This specimen was found from beaumaris beach, victoria. Is it a fossil bone fragment? More pictures to come. It will only let me post one for some reason :/
  10. Im going to Victoria on Friday for a week and visiting various locations including: Wangaratta Bendigo Ballarat Warnambool Apollo bay pt phillip bay (beaumaris) So my question is are there any good fossil sites around these areas that i could find some ancient treasures in? Thanks.
  11. Vcm_9

    What is this? Beaumaris site

    Hi, we were having a bit of a hunt down at Beaumaris, not sure if this is anything? but it does look like some kind of bony frament.. thoughts please?
  12. Here are a few micros from the Miocene of Beaumaris in Victoria, Australia. Sorry about the horrible pics as per usual... All of these were found in matrix that was inside a bivalve, some interesting stuff can also be found inside larger gastropods and brachiopods. I'll post more eventually. #1. Teeeeeeny little foram. Should probably also mention that the ruler is in millimetres. #2. Bryozoans ......
  13. DanKurek

    Beaumaris jaw ID

    G'day everyone! Today I was able to go down to Beaumaris and have a hunt. I found some nice fossils but one find stood out. As I was about to leave the site I found this small jaw amongst the shingle. I am not sure what animal it is from but I am thinking fish. It could be mammal but terrestrial mammal material is very rare to find at this site. Thanks, Daniel
  14. G'day all, Today I decided to go down for a hunt at Beaumaris with my dad and make good use of the low tide. For those who don't know, the fossils from Beaumaris come from the Beaumaris Sandstone Formation, aged 6.5-4.5 million years ago (late Miocene to early Pliocene) and around 30 minutes from Melbourne. To find the fossils we searched through the shingle on the beach that had been washed up from a phosphatic nodule bed which can only be partially accessed at low tide and is where most of the vertebrate material derives from. Fossils from this site include: Shark and ray teeth,
  15. DanKurek

    Heterodontus cainozoicus

    Port Jackson Shark crushing tooth collected from Beaumaris, Victoria. The first I have ever collected.
  16. G'day all, This is a message to anyone on the site who collects regularly at Beaumaris. I have been informed by some other members on the forum that someone has been going down to Beaumaris and digging into the cliffs on a regular basis and has created a large hole/cave in the cliff. The area has been fenced off, yet he continues to dig there. This person has been confronted by forum members and locals but refuses to stop digging into the cliff. What he is doing is illegal and destroying the site. If anyone sees this person digging at this area, please take a photo or video and rep
  17. Oldest pygmy whale fossil identified 60 years after being collected from Beaumaris, Victoria. The ear bone is believed to be 6 million years old and is one of only six pygmy right whale fossils in the world. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-11/pygmy-right-whale-fossil-found-in-museums-victoria-collection/9978612
  18. DanKurek

    Diodon sp

    Part of a Diodon crushing plate collected from Beaumaris Cliffs.
  19. Hello everyone. Recently I went down to a fossil site in Beaumaris Australia and came home with some nice pieces of cetacean bone. As I was about to head home I found quite a large piece sticking out of the sand. When I took it home I tried cleaning it with hot water and a sponge, removing some of the junk off of it but not all of it. How should I go about removing the white algae/plant junk on it? The fossil is very sturdy. Thanks, Daniel
  20. G'day all! I have just returned from a three day collecting trip to Beaumaris, a coastal suburb of Melbourne in Australia. This report acts as a pictorial overview of the trip and provides an insight into what collecting at this beach location is like. A similar trip was undertaken by@digit late last year (http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/70070-quick-trip-to-beaumaris-cliffs-australia/). I too had previously spent two days at this location in early 2016, during my first Victorian fossil hunting trip. Pictures of the finds from that trip can be found in this thread: ht
  21. Foozil

    Beaumaris Trip

    G'day, Just went on a 4 day long trip to Melbourne to go to Beaumaris and while we were there we bought/traded a few things from a dealer. For the first few days we were there we snorkelled at Beaumaris and found a few alright things... These two Cosmopolitodus (Carcharodon) hastalis teeth were encrusted in 'stuff' when we first found them. Nothing much compared to what you find in the U.S but they are pretty good for Australian teeth!: Posted multiple times again :/
  22. Vcm_9

    Beaumaris, first timer

    Hi everyone, first time fossil hunting and first time posting.. we went down to Beaumaris wit the kids today, and amongst some other cool finds, we found this fragment. It looks bony where there is a cross section (not obvious in the photo, but on the pedestal part that sticks out).. we aren't sure what it is.. any help?
  23. Echinoid

    Ferruginised Fossils

    Hi everyone, I have found many specimens of ferruginised fossils from the Beaumaris Sandstone in Victoria. They were formed in the upper Miocene. Could someone please explain what they are made of and how they are formed? Thanks Echinoid
  24. Connah

    ID Required

    Hey guys, I need to pick your collective brains on this tiny fragment I picked up from Beaumaris the other day. Although clearly sea washed, it shows some detailed feathering down the profile. I'm getting a fishy vibe of this but would appreciate any thoughts. & if anyone is wondering how I got the shots with a a phone, I borrowed the idea of taping a jewellers lens to my phone. Thanks to whoever it was that suggested this on the forum, pure genius.
  25. onespecsteve

    Beaumaris fossils

    Hi Guys and Girls, I had my first trip to Beaumaris the other day. I am pretty lucky as I live smack in between Beaumaris and Fossil Beach in Mount Martha. These are my first Vertebrate finds so I am pretty chuffed. So I have spent a few days Googling my fingers off the bone. I have sent this picture to the Melbourne Museum too but was wondering if anyone had any clues on what these these might be off. I'm pretty sure the bottom bone is off a bird, as it is hollowed. The middle 2 Vertebrae look as they are from the same animal, or species. anyways any help w
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