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  1. Just found this while hunting today at Big Brook. Not sure if it's fossil or modern, but I'm pretty sure it's a bear claw. Can anyone tell me what I've found here? Thanks!
  2. mmaldonado81

    BIG BROOK Fossil Finds

    My first trip to big brook with the boys yielded lots of cool stuff. I’m a fossil noob but read all the forum posts, facebook, big brook website, fossil guy sit, etc before posting. I have some other pictures to post but these i feel are the strongest change of “being something” What is everyone’s thoughts? coolest stuff i think we have, crab arms/claw, a shrimp?, jaw bone, enamel from dinosaur teeth, shark teeth, fossil clams, impressions of clams, sea turtle bone. I am least sure of 9d though i’m hoping it is a tooth of some kind, could very well be a rock!
  3. A trip report from a busy week that started with combing through some drilling cores of the Rochester Shale that were being dumped from an old project. No major finds, which was what I expected. I did happen to find a nice Dalmanities pygidium and a few brachiopods that look neat. This weekend I was down in NJ visiting family and took a stop to Big Brook on Saturday. Thank you to a kind member of this forum for giving me hunting advice. Saturday was very rainy, but the rainwater washing the sand off the gravel bar was helpful in my search. I am not familiar with a lot of these fossils, I have
  4. OneLastSift

    Fossil Leaf from Big Brook New Jersey

    Hi everyone, This is the first fossil plant I’ve ever found at big brook in NJ. I found an orange colored rock in the stream bed and saw some odd patterns hidden within. Later when I got home, I tried to take off a layer of rock, and to my suprise, there was a leaf impression. There were other plant impressions within other parts of the rock. I would love to know how old it might be, or if it is more recent and not a fossil at all. Thanks! FullSizeRender.mov
  5. Hello all, I just found this bone/fossil in big brook NJ. It is about 3 cm long. I originally thought it was a modern bone, still a neat find, but then after further inspection I found it was not porous and thought it might be a fossil. Anyway any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!!
  6. Cae2g

    Items found in NJ

    Hello! We found these two items in Monmouth County, NJ over the weekend. They were in a stream. They may just be rocks, but they look different than anything else we found! If you have any idea if they are rock or something else, I would love to know. Pen included for size. Thank you!
  7. I've been collecting a few times a year at Big Brook for years now and have a pretty large collection of NJ fossils. I would love to bring some of my stuff to them to get their thoughts and to see if there's anything they would be interested in taking into their collection, but they seem to have virtually no online presence... is there a way to link up with them?
  8. Found this on a trip to Big Brook yesterday and having a tough time figuring out what it is. The tooth is missing the tip, but appears to be quite narrow, with a strong curve that would eliminate xiphactinus as a possibility. It looks too narrow to me to be a mosasaur tooth and has no visible carinae. Is there any chance it could be a plesiosaur tooth? Thanks for the help!
  9. Ordinarily I would throw something back if I didn't have at least a tentative ID when I saw it or some strong reason to believe it's a fossil, but this I really wasn't sure about. I have no idea what they might be, but I had never seen a concretion quite like them before in the brook, and I found it even more bizarre that I ended up finding two of them. Any thoughts?
  10. Found this on a trip to Big Brook today. I have found a piece of devonian coral at the Brook before that I was told here had probably been carried from the devonian deposits in upstate NY by glaciers, any chance this is another?
  11. A bivalve fossil I found at Big Brook yesterday. First one like it I've ever seen, so thought it might be something interesting.
  12. I found this fragment of what I think is bone at Big Brook yesterday. Is there any way to tell what it might be from? The shape and density of the fibers kind of remind me of some of the pieces of mososaur jaw I've seen posted, but I don't know if there's any way to ID it from such a small piece.
  13. Found this tiny fragment on a trip to Big Brook yesterday. I've been visiting Big Brook for a long time, and have never come across anything like it. Appears to be a small shard (about .5x1cm) of bone or enamel with a scale-like hexagonal structure on one side, and a bony texture on the other.
  14. This piece caught my attention because the small bit of remaining outer surface on the bone has a very weathered look to it, which was reminiscent of a large piece of bone I found some years ago that people here told me was likely of terrestrial origin. The bone structure is also quite dense compared to the marine reptile pieces I've found, which as I recall was one of the things I was told last time was diagnostic of terrestrial bone. Any chance this could be of terrestrial origin?
  15. Hey all, Could I get another set of eyes on this (circled tooth)? I found this probably 2 years ago at this point in the cretaceous exposed Big Brook. I have had this labelled as "Enchodus" but relooking at it it seems a little off with my other Enchodus teeth. Is this just a weathered Enchodus? Is it simply a different tooth than the fang and curved tooth pictured along side it? Or am I off by what fish this came from? Appreciate the second set of eyes!
  16. Life Finds A Way

    Partial NJ Theropod Tooth?

    Hi guys, I found this partial tooth in Big Brook in Monmouth. It's very worn but my best guess from looking at the squished in bottom shape seems to point to it coming from a dino theropod. Possibly dryptosaurus? Please let me know your thoughts.
  17. candace02

    Big Brook

    Hi. New to forum. I am new to fossil hunting. Have been to Peace River and to Calvert Cliffs. Planning trip to Big Brook this weekend. My question to this group... Where do you park? Access points? (I'm am not asking for secret locations or the such). I'm generally fascinated by the fossils...the hunt, the find, and then the identification. Any help would be greatly appreciated on how to access the brook and any tips. Thanks I'm advance! Candace
  18. Hey, so I have been to both Big Brook and Ramanessin Brook a few times now, yet every time I spend hours there my yield still gets pretty low, and the finds are usually tiny or broken chunks of teeth. I was wondering if there are tips I could use, like which areas of the brooks usually have a higher yield, or just ways you guys have learned to look for fossils quickly. Also, where can I find brachiopod fossils in NJ? I saw videos of people finding online, but have yet to pinpoint an area to find them. Thanks for looking and helping an amateur! Marco L
  19. Dear Fellow Fossil Fanatics, I just had a great day at Big Brook, found some shark teeth but also 3 specimens that I am not sure at all what to make of. Any insights would be awesome! Best, Huttner
  20. Rexofspades

    Ramanessin Bone Id

    Hi all, me again, I wanted to share a closeup of the bone fragments that I found in Ramanessin to see if I could get them ID'd further since I know how the brook tends to make fake fossil bones i want to check that the ones I found are real fossil bone 1) the big one, i think it might be a cretaceous turtle shell, it passed the burn, and the lick test. 1A) I believe these are also enchodus jaw fragments. 2) 2A)
  21. Stick around, this one's a read but I'll try to make it fun. So, I have been to big brook last year, and While I enjoyed it, since I went in early feb, the ground was frozen which prevented me from finding much, as the brook was stingy that day. Nonetheless I decided to try my luck with Ramanessin as i heard good things about it. Because none of my family or friends could be bothered, I decided to take a day off work and drive 4 hours to the area and spend the night so I could get the most out of the location. what follows is the result of 2 days straight of fossil hunting. which I
  22. Big Brook, NJ (Late Cretaceous): Rock, bone or other? Eight pictures attached.
  23. Hi. Hope everyone is well. I found this really cool fossil last week at Big Brook. Has some really great detail and seems not to be water worn. Never saw anything like it. I did research and my best UN-educated guess is an osteoderm? Maybe from a crocodile? Would love some feedback on what this is. Thank you much for taking a look! The measurement is in MM.
  24. hokietech96

    Tooth?? So stumped on this one

    Hi everyone. It has been way to long since I posted anything. Life has been crazy for me. I still stalk the forum everyday. Went hunting this morning for the first time since the summer. I have something that really looks like a tooth. Parts of it do and others parts does not. Really need other opinions on this one. I put it under the microscope because I just cant determine what it is. I hope it is something. Thank you for taking a look! Hope everyone is well.
  25. Walmart Bag

    No idea but its curved and porous.

    I was sifting through my old finds in Big Brook and there was this curved item that was about an inch long. I have 3 pictures attached. Big Brook is known for marine type fossils. Not sure if its even identifiable but it is porous. Any idea what it could be?
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