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  1. Found in the Lee Creek spoils pile. Is this some sort of coral or a cast of a burrow? The item is tubular and was hollow at one point and filled with something that looks like obsidian or flint. Or maybe it was the other way around and the "filling" was covered by the material surrounding it? Maybe something geologic and not even a fossil?
  2. Lone Hunter

    Is this a cast of something?

    This is unlike the calcite I usually collect, it looks compressed, and like it was part of something, the shape looks too unusual to be natural. Hoping someone might recognize the shape. The part of the creek it came from was Eagle Ford but downstream from Alluvial deposits.
  3. Mostly small fossils (think less than 20mm, many 2 to 3 mm). Maybe a pound or two. Brands on Amazon, other sources? The molds would be used to photograph for fine internal and external detail from casts. I am clueless when it comes to this.
  4. Rubykicks

    Petrified wood identification

    I believe this is petrified wood. I Found this and a larger piece, but the larger one is a different texture. It's more smooth with dimples and I was able to figure out identification of that one, but I'm not so sure about this one. Any information?
  5. Which do you prefer to Mold or Cast - Why? Secondary question is have you ever used a vice to break shale or sandstone? I started do this and seem to get good results.
  6. Nathan8372

    Plant Cast or Animal Fossil?

    Good Morning, I came across this interesting piece about 3' below-grade in Live Oak County, Texas. I've managed to dissolve some of the 'caliche' with 5% vinegar to clean this up a bit. There is pet wood and the occasional Columbian Mammoth molar in the same vicinity as this piece was found. It is relatively light for it's size, compared to pet wood. Looking for anyone who can offer an opinion/advice on this piece.
  7. OregonFossil

    What would you do?

    So I have found a significant "load" of mostly bivalves in a very deep water mudstone. This mudstone is very hard, when it fractures it is a lot like obsidian, extremely sharp and extremely hard. The specimen in this image is 3 x 5mm. The calcium shell has very little identifiable structures, yet the cast part seems "fair" crisp. If the shell was removed perhaps shell parts would be shown in the cast for ID. Would you remove the shell (if so how? acidic acid?). Any ideas on how to soften this mudstone, it is as hard but not as brittle as any shale I have seen. G picks don't see to do anything
  8. No images (yet, they are coming), yesterday in celebration of my Stereo Microscope (3.5 to 90x with camera port) shipping I decided to go fossil hunting. @71 I have to be careful when I go hunting (my wife it turns out is a fair weather digger) by myself. I have spent the last months working on my collections from the summer in two Keasey Formation locations (deep and shallow marine) with good manual tools and a dremel, but with sup-optimal hand optics (one is actually a very nice 8x optic but just to hard to use). So my wife said why don't you get a reasonable scope (would be my first since h
  9. LabRatKing

    Skull cast prep- porcine

    I was able to get an exact ID on this American Museum of Natural History cast...which I promptly forgot on a Post-it on my desk at work... so posting now as this is the next attempt at museum quality display prep. will update the ID in an edit...can remember it’s a cast of the type specimen from the Sharps formation. Porcine. for this one I plan extensive reconstruction to make it better than found!
  10. Will follow up with current stage photos shortly! Here is what I started with: Unidentified Provenance Unknown Really bad mold mismatch/ thick seam
  11. LabRatKing

    Cameloid skull and ramus- NE SD ?

    Whew. Last one with identifying marks to identify. Is a museum cast. UNSM 4616 Sure, I could email the collections curator at Morril Hall, but I’m afraid to wear out my welcome. As of yet have been unable to find data on this one on my own. Figure I’ll give yinze a crack at it before I bother the museum for the twentieth time. My research shows this to be a camel of some sort. It is likely Nebraska or South Dakota in origin for the original due to the provenance of the other casts yinze have seen me dealing with the last few weeks.
  12. Fast and dirty: Found this cast a day or two back in the stock room- someone made an attempt...so I’m going to fix it since it uses similar colors to the lion and peccary projects.
  13. dorky

    need help identifying this

    I went camping today. ok, not really camping. just picnicking at a campsite in the woods. we didn't stay over night because it is far too cold. so I found this rock with these cool indentions and want to know what it is. at first I thought it was by a tool but it's not. thanks, dorky
  14. Resist_Hoarding

    Basement recovery part 2 Reptile Replicas?

    Part 2 of my Fathers basement I have 2 crocodile skulls and one turtle. I believe they are Replicas? but the teeth on the crocodile are Fossils? once again I believe these are out of Morocco in the 70s or 80s? Thank you
  15. tjeis

    tubular trace fossils ID?

    New to geology, so excuse my paltry terminology. Description: Tubes, many branching, between 1-3cm in diameter, in places as thick as a forest root system, material very sandstone-y, surrounding material clay. from my research these seem like burrow casts of... worms? tetrapods? do burrow casts form in such abundance?
  16. Hi I found this with the rest of my fossil replicas and was wondering if it could be a Rex tooth or another type of Tyrannosaur tooth. I don’t know if I can post this here or get an ID on it since it’s a replica but I got it at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Canada it’s a replica of one of there specimens. And I just wanted to know what it could be since it seemed strange to me on how skinny and long it is, Thank you!!
  17. Righteous

    What is this called?

    I know it’s a internal cast of something but I can’t remember what.
  18. For those that don't live and breathe fossils like we do, horn corals are often mistaken for horns, claws, etc. I knew someone who even swore the horn coral he had found was a fossil carrot, despite my insistence to the contrary. So after finding my best horn coral specimen ever (the largest one in this trio is about 9 inches long), I decided to make a cast of the specimen and "reconstruct" it to show people what they may have looked like when living. I know @caldigger will be very happy that there is now a horn coral action figure - complete with bioluminescence! Fossil next t
  19. XXFOSSILKINGXX

    Unknown Limestone Fossil

    Possibly a burrow? Found beneath the Chinle formation on US89 in northern Arizona. 4 inches long, 2.5 inches tall, with a slight curve and a flatter bottom side. The rock looks like limestone, but was found on a flat wash without similar rock in the nearby area.
  20. I_gotta_rock

    Strange Preservation

    Here's a strange one. I found plentiful piles of what I thought were casts and internal molds in the iron-rich St. Mary's clay of Virginia last year. Loose clam fossils riddled blocks of talus. I was able to wiggle some out of their ancient resting places without s much as scratching the matrix. Generally that's because the shell disintegrated, leaving a void between the mold and the cast. If you look closely, however, what looks here like an internal mold isn't. The sculpture on the surface is clearly the outside of the shell. If it were the inside, you would see round protrusions where the
  21. Cruisaire

    Tiny worm casts or teeth

    My last inquiry, as found in clay stone/mudstone @ Savannah River
  22. jjteix3850

    More Massachusetts Fossils

    I found these two today, looking for identification
  23. Hello evereybody, I dont know if this is the right place to post this but I would be interested to learn more about mosasaur skull three-dimensional anatomy. Do someone know where it is possible to buy accurate mosasaur's skull cast? I am looking for something more educational than decorative and ideally not too big. I know that there are plenty of interesting stuffs on the web but from my experience in human medecine nothing is as good as a three-dimentional model to understand complex anatomical structure like the skull. Thanks for helping!
  24. I recently bought a Do It Yourself Psittacosaurus skeleton cast. And I thought it would be fun to share the process of mounting the skeleton. I already had a skeleton cast of a juvenile Psittacosaurus but now I also have an adult version! As it came painted, I could just have mounted it as is. But I wanted to give it a more interesting post rather than a a straight spine and tail. Since the spine and tail come in bundled segments of vertebrae. I thought I would cut them apart so that I could create curves better. And as I was modifying it anyway, I might as well improve
  25. So, I found this guy on the auction site, really only this one representative photo. These are often fake or frakenfossils, but I didn't see anything that screamed fake to me in this one photo. Just wanted to put it out to the room for other people's input. It doesn't matter as I basically stole it for 9$, so even if it's fake, I don't much care. Just curious what everyone thinks. (I don't have more photos, I just bought it this morning, this is just the provided photo. I'll be able to tell if it's fake when it arrives this weekend for sure, but the suspense is just too much, lol.) Also, it's
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