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  1. I found this the other day in Austin, TX. It looks like some kind of vertebrae or other bone, but I don't know what animal it's from. Judging by the age of the other fossils in that area, I would say it's late Cretaceous (it's clearly very fossilized), unless it was somehow moved there from somewhere else.
  2. Brandy Cole


    My mom and dad gave me a box of shells they found years ago in a central Texas creek. I believe it was around Williamson County, but not sure. This is the largest specimen. Measurements are in inches. Shells are an area I'm not very familiar with, but this one appears similar to examples of exogyra I found online. I'm hoping someone else can tell me more.
  3. Last weekend, I made the trip down to San Antonio to tour and interview at a school. Though the drive wasn't all that long, it was enough for me to decide to take advantage of the opportunity and make a visit to one of the most famous Lower Glen Rose roadcuts in the Northern San Antonio area. In recent weeks, I have finally hopped onto the echinoid train and begun rapidly expanding my urchin collection. To keep the ball rolling, my goal was to find at least one decent specimen of Leptosalenia texana. Luckily for me, the layer I was heading to has been dubbed the "Salenia texana zone" for a rea
  4. Took a trip today to one of my new Ozan spots that is rapidly becoming a favorite, despite the headache it is to reach. Although the finds are few and far between, I've always come out with something I haven't seen before. It's definitely been testing my ID skills. I didn't come out with too many things, but I've got a couple I would like to get some informed opinions on. First up is a regular urchin. I've found a few fragments of regular echinoids washed out within a small stretch of creek. Though this is the third I've seen, its the first of this appearance and first to safely ma
  5. So this trip report is a little late in coming, but it's because the week before last was a lot to process! Just saying it was amazing would be an understatement. The Sunday before last I found the Xiphactinus with @Jared C that I've already posted about (and plan to provide an update on as soon as I'm done writing this). On Tuesday I had a job interview at the Waco Mammoth Site, and on Wednesday I got the job! Then I spent the weekend in Glen Rose, joining other volunteers from the Dallas Paleontological Society in helping Glen Kuban clean and map the dinosaur trackways recently uncovered by
  6. Hi, I’ve recently been searching through some sifted gravel from a creek. I’ve been looking for microfossils, which I’ve had plenty of luck finding. All sorts of marine Cretaceous invertebrate micros are abundant in the creek gravel, as well as the occasional micro shark/fish tooth, scale, and bone fragment. I encountered a tooth that stood out from anything I’ve found so far. It has a conical shape, and is recurved. Something about this tooth seems very reptile-like. Almost looks like a tiny version of a crocodile or mosasaur tooth. The tooth measures 1 millimeter in length. I tried
  7. JohnJ


    From the album: Mosasaurs

    © JJackson

  8. Found this today in a dry creek bed where I have found previous cretaceous pieces (sharks teeth). Was just laying there in some small gravel. Roughly 3 CM and some (small) change.
  9. Today was a memorable outing, and our net results were the best I've ever had for a single day without driving 2 hours. This morning started quickly. My step brother, Christian, was already knocking on my door at 9:30 - yes, that may be late in the morning for everyone else, but it's a full hour before I'm usually fully awake. I guess that's the trade off for late nights! Yesterday we made plans to spend our day today hunting a spot that I was used to scouring but had not visited in a while. That was not the only motivation for choosing this particular spot though. When
  10. Jared C

    Texas Tylosaur tooth

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Species: likely Tylosaurus proriger Date of discovery: May 5, 2021 Locale: Central Texas
  11. Jared C

    Insitu Parapuzosia

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Parapuzosia bosei July 24, 2021 Austin Chalk, Central Texas
  12. Jared C

    Texas Tylosaur tooth

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Species: likely Tylosaurus proriger Date of discovery: May 5, 2021 Locale: Central Texas
  13. Jared C

    Insitu of Texas Tylosaur tooth

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Species: likely Tylosaurus proriger Date of discovery: May 5, 2021 Locale: Central Texas
  14. Hello, this is my first post here on The Fossil Forum. I recently went fossil hunting in the Glen Rose formation near Canyon Lake, looking for echinoids and other invertebrates. I did end up finding a few and tried to identify them myself, but I would appreciate confirmation from somebody more experienced than me. Is the fossil in the images above Heteraster obliquatus? I also found an echinoid that looks to me like Paracidaris texanus. This specimen has foraminifera tests and other bits of limestone still a
  15. 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
  16. Creek - Don


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


    Very large Neithea bivalve. Measures 58 mm x 46 mm / 2.23 x 1.81 inches.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Jared C

    P. anonymous block

    From the album: Proudest finds

    Two possibly associated Turonian Ptychodus anonymous teeth. Found and prepped in September of 2021
  21. 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.
  22. Creek - Don


    Austin Chalk Formation, bivalvia found near Hillsboro, Texas 180 MM in length and 130 mm width.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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