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  1. Hello all! This is a little photo project I've been working on for a while. When I first started Fossil Hunting I was content to collect whatever. Then I was excited about Identifying what I was finding. The education continued and now I work to identify the geological formations I am collecting in and am able to know what fossils to look for in what areas. The Pocket Texas Geology website is invaluable for finding out the formation of a specific area (while not 100 percent accurate, it's pretty good). So I wanted to create a post that would help with Central Texas Cretaceous Fossil Identific
  2. Hello all and thank you for taking the time to help me ID this may be fossil .found this rock hunting in San Antonio Texas. In the last 3 photos you can see lines that resemble the belly of a snake .any help with a id would be much appreciated thank you very kindly
  3. Creek - Don


    Weno/PawPaw Formation. Very large Neithea bivalve. Measures 58 mm x 46 mm / 2.23 x 1.81 inches.
  4. Creek - Don


    Very large Neithea bivalve. Measures 58 mm x 46 mm / 2.23 x 1.81 inches.
  5. ThomasM

    Central Texas - Ambergris ?

    A couple of years ago, It finally dawned on me that my property outside of Austin is actually an exposed fossilized coral reef. It was that day , I stopped looking up at the oaks, and started looking down at the rocks. Since then, I have found some great fossils, however none as unusual as this one. It was strange to see a rock with color standing out from all others which are almost exclusively white. It was the contrast that caught my eye. I acknowledge many have thought they found Ambergris, just to be disappointed. Thus, I would not make the claim here without
  6. Jared C

    Comanche peak fm. Tetragramma

    From the album: Proudest finds

    My first Tetragramma sp. echinoid, found in a micro exposure of extremely fossiliferous mudstone from the Comanche peak formation
  7. Jared C

    P. anonymous block

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Two possibly associated Turonian Ptychodus anonymous teeth. Found and prepped in September of 2021
  8. Belton. Texas is the southern most boundary of Duck Formation in Texas. This is far as you can go and still find decent size Eopachydiscus ammonites (unless somebody can challenge that). I pulled over the service road and started looking. Few weeks ago I also found some nautiolids on this stretch of road, so I knew there were fossils here. I immediately saw the ammonites sticking out of rock pile. It was totally unexpected. They measure around 8 to 12 inches. Area has lots of road construction so rocks get dug out and coverd almost immediately. Just matter of luck.
  9. Creek - Don


    Austin Chalk Formation, bivalvia found near Hillsboro, Texas 180 MM in length and 130 mm width.
  10. My family and I love to explore creeks on the weekends. We've found many fossilized oyster shells before, but this is by far the largest specimen to date.
  11. Creek - Don

    Central Texas Nautiloid

    Hi everyboy. I stopped by the road cut near I14 and I35 in Belton, Texas today and found these two nautiloids lying side by side. Are these Eutrephoceras nautiloids? I have never found these before. I looked at geologic map, and it's showing up as Weno Limestone and PawPaw Formation. One measures 120 mm and smaller one at 100 mm.
  12. I am wanting to collect micro-matrix near (within 45 minutes or so of) Waco, Texas. How do I go about locating places to collect? I have collected non-micro in some of the creeks in the area, but I'm unsure how to locate potential micro-matrix. I'm thinking I might try the Brazos where sandbars are exposed. The help I'm looking for is not directions to your honey-spot (although, I can't say I would refuse that), but tips on what sort of environments might be productive and how to locate them. My only exposure to micro-matrix is from the Pennsylvanian in the Kansas City area, and I (and my
  13. I have been experiencing the most unusual predicament for over a month now - I've been finding more artifacts than I have my target fossils. I happen to live in one of the most prolific areas in the U.S. for impressive paleoindian and other native artifacts, and while I certainly have an appreciation for these, it's like "giving pearls to swine" - since my first interest right now is firmly cretaceous vertebrates. However, I am still regularly blown away by some of these artifacts, even though I don't know much about them. So, purists be warned! This trip report is yet another one
  14. My faithful assistant and I have been sidelined with covid. But we felt good yesterday so we decided to explore a creek in Austin, Texas that has some Eagle Ford Shale exposed. It was a sunny, warm afternoon, and a cold front would be moving in at night. At this location we've found quite a few teeth in the loose rocks strewn about. We're hoping to find mosasaur material but we've had no luck yet. Our goal was to get a bucket of gravel to search for micro-fossils. I suspect most of the teeth are eroding from the underside of a large rock slab in the creek. We think this
  15. Jared C

    a hunt with friends

    I recently took two of my friends out fossil hunting, both for the first time. We've actually found a cool fossil together before, a large partial from the ammonite Oxytropidoceras (by complete chance, we were just creek stomping for fun that evening), but this is the first time they've ever been fossil hunting with intent. It took about 30 minutes to get warmed up and start finding things - Annika was the first to see something, a point in this instance. My knowledge of points is significantly lacking, since they aren't my immediate interest, but I suspect its probably a Darl.
  16. My first Metengonoceras dumbli ammonite at the Walnut formation. Although not complete, I've been searching this species of ammonite for many years. Plenty of Oxy's, but never ever found this one. This one measures around 4.5 inches / 114.3 mm.
  17. While I haven't made a trip report in a while, I certainly have been hunting a lot: As I get better at it, I've become more selective about what trips warrant getting posted, but this weekend was worth it even though none of the finds were truly spectacular (to most people, I have a different opinion ) Saturday was spent exploring the Ozan (and possibly Dessau) formations. Like usual, I did far more exploring than actual searching, but I did start off with a nice Scapanorynchus rear tooth, plucked from a gentle current. From here, the cretaceous finds stagn
  18. Hey y'all, here are two finds from two different trips that I'm having trouble IDing 1.) This Ptychodus from the sprinkle formation ( a tongue of the Ozan here in central Texas). I'm not sure, but I think the sprinkle formation around here is Santonian in age (~86-83 myo). (Please chip in if you actually know - google is so vague here) I have a suspicion, but I don't want to count my eggs before they hatch for this one. Any ideas? 2.) What I suspect might be a Cretoxyrhina mantelli (not sure if I see evidence of broken cusps or not, so I included
  19. I've noticed that despite the seeming abundance of Pleistocene deposits shown on geologic maps such as this one (https://txpub.usgs.gov/txgeology/), finding how or where they expose is much more difficult. On the geologic maps I use, when I hunt late cretaceous fossils, for example, late cretaceous exposures area all classified specifically with their own names (Eagle Ford, Ozan, Del rio clay, etc.). I can then research each individual formation, and it makes narrowing down spots much easier. It seems that for Pleistocene exposures, there are no "formation names" assigned to
  20. Over the weekend, @Jackito and I finally met up to do some hunting together. He offered to show me around at the spot he recently discovered, a potential Eagle Ford outcrop where I hardly expected one to exist - right at home in Round Rock (just north of Austin in central texas). Previous (largely uneventful) excursions with the hope of finding Eagle Ford in Round Rock had taken me close by here, but without Carter I would have never, ever zeroed in - his intuition and research to get to this spot is impressive. His account of our hunt and his finds are here: In addit
  21. I went on this hunt about two weeks ago, but only am getting around to posting it now. It was a great day at a new spot close to my usual stomping grounds. I was hunting under a bridge the week before when someone walking the path next to it asked if I had any luck - his name was Leo, and we actually recognized each other as both of us have posted about some of our Austin finds on reddit before. (PS - pardon the picture quality, most of these are screenshots from video) He invited me to hunt with him at a spot of his on the same creek close by sometime. I wa
  22. facehugger

    Tetragamma Tease

    The last weekend of September, I decided to visit some of my central Texas sites. I had been looking for a tetragamma for some time - the first one I found was collected illegally, totally by mistake, on federal property. And it was far from a perfect specimen. Well, after a few years of being teased by broken tetragamma bits, I found this beauty. I believe this is a tetragamma streeuwitizi - collected from comanche peak limestone. Please forgive the situ pic, motion picture was activated, and the sun was too bright to tell that it was a poor quality image until later.
  23. I've had little free time as of late, but I've made good use of some of it by starting to learn how to prepare my fossils. Here's a find I made recently that I finished tonight. It's taken a little longer than i expected, but that's because I would live stream some the prep on TikTok, where I'd prep (with one hand, risky business!) while also answering some questions about fossils and how to get started hunting, etc. This made it slow but enjoyable work. These come from my current best site that I have. The teeth are small, but perfectly preserved, since they come straight out of
  24. Found this in austin texas near a creek I think it is fossilized bone fragment possably from larger reptile would be my guess if so. Any input would be helpful so maybe I can go back and look for more pieces if this is what it is or something worth looking into
  25. I recently visited a friend that lived by Austin tx. He had lots of rocks in his yard and looked different from ones where I'm from so I started picking so up I thought were interesting or colorful. So I get home later set the rocks aside and few weeks later i go to move them out the way and one catches my eye. To me it looks like a snake head then another it looks like a lizard head I take closer look at them and out of maybe 30 rocks I brought home I see half that really look like its possable they could be but if so they were somehow really preserved and just didnt seem like a fossil I'm us
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