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  1. BellamyBlake

    Southern California - Mammal

    I have here fossils from Southern California. There's no other info on them. It was an impulse buy, and they weren't a tonne of money. They looked canid to me, but I'm not sure what they are. If anyone knows, I'd appreciate the advice. Largest is around 1 1/2" Thank you, Bellamy
  2. While visiting family in Arizona and California I was able to figure out where the Marble Mountains trilobite quarry was located. It's not that far off the road system so I figured I'd give it a look see on my drive from central Arizona to Northern California. The location is only about 25 miles out of my way so why not. On my drive north I only had a few hours so this stop was mostly a fact finding trip. The view from the car windshield. The Marble Mountains are the lower hills to the left of center. The quarry area is just to the left of the gap between hills
  3. Thecosmilia Trichitoma

    Natural Park California Fossil Laws

    I have been looking into a new fossil site exposing the Bay Point Formation in San Diego, CA. I want to see if it would be legal for me to go collecting there, as it looks like it could be a good exposure. The signs around it say that it is a "Natural Park commissioned by the City of San Diego." I couldn't find anything on Natural Park fossil laws when I looked them up. Does anyone know of the regulations of them?
  4. Fossilizable

    Cambrian puzzler

    While out on a trilobite hunt several years ago in the Marble Mountains, San Bernardino Cty, CA, I found these two pieces on the surface in the region of a Latham shale exposure, so I think they would have belonged to the Chambless shale, which is in fact exposed as a bluff above the surface. Here's one: Here's the other: I'm not sure about these. They might not even be organic or in the same genus if organic. The source field might be a zone with Chambless and Zabriskie quartzite mixed. So there's a chance they're inorganic, I guess. How
  5. Fossilizable

    Annilids?

    Hello! Here are several photos of a fossilized colony of some sort of worm, or so it appears to me. Please excuse the remnants of clear nail polish I used years ago to increase contrast before I knew better. I came across this in Santa Paula canyon about 2 miles northwest of highway 150 where it turns west at Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA. It had washed down decades ago from probably a Matilija Formation exposure. The matrix grain seems quite fine and the rock is very heavy. Although I've been up and down the creek countless times, I've never seen the source bed. Eocene oysters, clam
  6. Gregory Kruse

    California Gastropod Identification Help

    I purchased this large gastropod fossil at a rock and mineral show back in 1991. The location is from Capitola, California, USA and I believe that it may be Pliocene in age. Any help in identifying it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  7. Fishing With Franco

    Found a fossil.

    Found this in New Melones lake in Angeles Camp California. The lake was very low and we found a few fossils. Is this common here? How old is it? I’m pretty sure it’s an Ammonite. The last pic is some sort of fin or wing maybe? It’s only 3 inches long. Thanks in advance.
  8. jhw

    Small jawbone i.d.

    Can anyone identify this piece? Supposedly a fossil and from southern california, but I don't have it in hand so all I know. Ruler is in inches. Thanks!
  9. I wanted to get out of there house to do something social distanced outdoors. I'm very new at fossil hunting and I was wondering where I might be able to go in/near Santa Cruz CA or anywhere north of there. Thanks : )
  10. gtheo

    groovy bivalve?

    It's been awhile since I have posted here. Found on beach in San Francisco. Area has Merced deposit fossils, mostly marine sediments Pliocene-Pleistocene. I am assuming it's a bivalve of some sort. I have found similar fossils at this location. The unusual thing about this one is it has symmetrical grooves on both sides on one end. I will first post pictures to give an overview of the fossil and in the comments will post the area with the "grooves". I am having trouble attaching files. will try attaching in comments.
  11. Jeromes

    Tooth? Plant bulb?

    I found this fossil in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, California, USA. It was partially uncovered in soil located near the lowest point in a small canyon, definitely wouldn't call it a river bottom, but more like a seasonal drainage. Loose clay soil type. As you can see in the photos, it is a pretty substantial chunk of rock, with a smooth, enamel-like surface on the "top" that also appears to have (or previously had) protrusions like might be expected on a molar tooth. From a brief novice-level search effort, it looks somewhat similar to some mastodon molar images I was able to fi
  12. LA fossils

    In the field

    does anyone see anything that resembles any kind of dermis of any kind in these photos
  13. nikkisixx

    BEACH FIND

    Went for a walk down the shoreline in Huntington Beach, California the day after a storm and found this. I have a video of it on my instagram, is there a way to get it here so that it shall pass admin gates? Sorry for the crappy close up of the conical shaped shell at the bottom.
  14. nikkisixx

    Sponge?

    Zoom for better detail.
  15. Found in my backyard in southern california. Hard to get a good pic of it, but the center of it is a cone shape. Circular and wide at the top, with the pointy part towards the inner/center.
  16. Found this while digging in my backyard in Southern California. More specifically, Cerritos, which is just a few miles north east of Long Beach. I uncovered a whole layer of interesting rocks, a huge chunk of breccia, shale, sandstone, and even a ~2 in. long quartz, but this one actually looks like a coral to me. I can add close ups if necessary.
  17. Multiple new walruses described in this paper. https://phys.org/news/2020-11-paleontologists-uncover-species-extinct-walruses.html
  18. JBMugu

    Unknown STH teeth

    Hi everyone, I have a few teeth that I have always wondered about. I found another one the other day looking through washed matrix. Let me know what you think. Largest tooth is 18mm smallest is 9mm. I have only these three from all the years of collecting.
  19. FossilsandScience

    Bone?

    Hey everyone! This was found in Southern California in Plio-Pleistocene and Pliocene loosely consolidated gravel and was wondering if it was bone? The area it was found in produces a bunch of petrified wood and possibly some Coprolite. What do you think? Thanks in advance!
  20. Over the weekend, I decided to take a trip to the Santa Monica mountains for a hike and a fossil hunt. There was information about the site in "NEW UPPER PALEOCENE SPECIES OF THE BIVALVE PLICATULA FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA" by Richard L. Squires and Louella R. Saul, which contains Late Paleocene marine life. This is probably a good opportunity to warn fellow hunters that it is not a smart idea to go quickly up a canyon in near 100 degree heat. Under the early afternoon sun I walked too quickly and made the mistake of not pacing out the hike! Despite plenty of water intake I was sti
  21. Ornithurae

    Are any of these fossils?

    I'll preface this with that fact that this was my first time fossil hunting so these are probably just be random rocks haha. These were all found at Agate Beach, CA, where some petrified bone and shells are known to be found. Pencil is for scale
  22. JBMugu

    Shale fossils, ventura CA

    Hello, I found these shale fossils on sulpher mountain hiking trail in Ventura california. I think one might be a fish scale and I have no idea of what the other could be. Any ideas? Thanks for looking
  23. BentonlWalters

    Belated 2019 Road Trip Fossils

    Last year, to celebrate finishing my undergraduate degree, my girlfriend and I went on a long (9,000+ mile) road trip around the western US and at long last (a little over a year since their discovery) the last of the fossils we found are out of the refrigerator and I’ve finally gotten all of them photographed. Here are some of the highlights and best fossils we found. A rough map of the route of the trip While the trip wasn’t entirely fossil centric we wanted to hunt at a few cool spots along the way. We chose to visit 5 fossil locations, the first of which was
  24. We found this specimen (there was another one next to it with slightly smaller diameter) at Bolinas, California. Too many kids playing nearby and one of them took the other specimen and it was tough to collect with care. Going back to dig for more and asking for the second specimen, once we do I will share a more complete photo. For now, can anyone shed some light please.
  25. Thought I would show some of the Fossils I have found locally. These have actually been setting in my garage for over 20 years, on a shelf. They are from the Modelo Formation, late Miocene. I am familiar with the Modelo Formation as one finds it in many road cuts or eroding out of hills sides all thru the Santa Monica Mtns; the Simi Hills and the Santa Susana Mtns. I use to spend a good deal of time splitting pieces of Modelo, looking for the fish fossils one can often find in them. a Friend of mine from years ago & myself just called all the fish we found Herring, though I am not certain
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