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  1. Hi everyone, I’ve just returned from a trip to Rocken End, Isle of Wight with some Cretaceous chalk ammonites in hand. This chalk is incredibly delicate to the point where handling is almost scary. I have the smaller things soaking in water to desalinate but I’m worried about these two items. The whole ammonite is the nicest and biggest we found (with a little ammo that already looks cracked…) and so delicate I’m worried that soaking it will destroy it? The larger block contains at least one nice ammonite and potentially more, I don’t know whether to prep it
  2. Although the Cretaceous period lasted from 145 to 66 million years ago, geologic units from the Berriasian to Albian stages and several terrestrial units of Albian to Maastricthian age are not chalky in terms of geologic composition. I remember that the Cretaceous at one time was divided into the Neocomian, Gallic, and Senonian epochs, so one day International Commission on Stratigraphy should divide the Cretaceous into the Neocomian, Gallic, and Senonian periods, since the Cretaceous lasted longer than either the Triassic or Jurassic. This is similar to the fact that American geologists divid
  3. The Amateur Paleontologist

    The giant mosasaur Prognathodon is now known from Denmark!

    A paper was recently published announcing the presence of Prognathodon in the Late Cretaceous chalk of Denmark. Prognathodon was a large, predatory mosasaur, well-known in the USA and Morocco, but known from other places e.g., the Netherlands. This new study is especially quite a big deal, because mosasaur fossils are incredibly rare in the Danish chalks. Prognathodon is now the 4th mosasaur known from the Late Cretaceous of Denmark, along with Mosasaurus, Plioplatecarpus and Carinodens. The Danish material is represented by two teeth - one of them being from the foss
  4. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Request for papers on starfish from the Cretaceous of Europe

    Hi I'm looking for some papers, could someone send me PDF copies of these? I'd be really grateful! Gale, A.S. 1987. Goniasteridae (Asteroidea, Echinodermata) from the Late Cretaceous of north-west Europe. 1. Introduction. The genera Metopaster and Recurvaster. Mesozoic Research, 1, 1-69. Gale, A.S. 1986. Goniasteridae (Asteroidea, Echinodermata) from the Late Cretaceous of north-west Europe. 2. The genera Calliderma, Crateraster, Nymphaster and Chomataster. Mesozoic Research, 1, 151-186. Müller, A. H. 1953. Die isolierten Skelettelemente der Astero
  5. I read in the book Dinosaurs: The Grand Tour that the Cretaceous period is named for the Greek island of Crete, but I wanted to ask if Crete itself has Cretaceous deposits.
  6. Jurassicz

    Fossil fish? Sweden

    Found this in sweden malmö. The chalk is danian period 66-61 myo it looks like fish to me. The pieces are very small. If its a fish what part of it might it be?
  7. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Late Cretaceous chalk in North America

    Hey everyone I know I've been lately rather inactive on TFF; I was held back by fieldwork and other reasons (though do expect some posts about the fieldwork next weekend ). But anyway, onto what I came to talk about... Would anyone know of some good exposures of Late Cretaceous chalk in Canada or USA? I'm thinking specifically about Campanian chalk or, even better, Maastrichtian chalk.. It would be great if the exposed chalk is very fossiliferous, of course. Thanks for any help! -Christian
  8. BentonlWalters

    Mystery Chalk Fossil Imprint

    Hello, I went on a walk a few days ago to the local chalk pit and of course couldn't resist spending a few minutes scouting for fossils. This is one of two specimens that I found, the other being a shell fragment. At first I thought the pattern might be formed by ice but I wasn't convinced and kept searching, managing to recover two other small pieces. My suspicion of it not being ice related was confirmed when at the bottom of the slope I found the more complete counter slab, with a layer of ice still covering part of the fossil. Needless to say this made for cold hands on the wal
  9. Initially, this summer we had planned to spend a week in the eastern part of France, but despite there was no official lockdown at the time and since the area had been badly strike by the pandemy, we decided to postpone that trip. Instead we organised a 4 days trip along the cliffs of Normandy. The first day we aimed to "Cap de La Hève " near Le Havre. The rocks are from the cenomanian We didnt find that much, but all in all we still managed to grab a few nice echinoids and brachiopods. Some samples of the very small Discoides subuculus (1 cm for the biggest) :
  10. AlexTud

    Please help with some clues

    Hello, I found this inside a loose chalk boulder on the Eastbourne shore. Based on the colour of the chalk it appeared to be from the upper cliff levels, perhaps cretaceous levels.
  11. Kosmoceras

    Watznaueria barnesiae

    Image taken in cross polarised light using an oil-immersion objective lens at 1000x magnification. One of the smallest fossils ever posted on TFF.
  12. Bob123bob123

    Beachy Head fossil?

    Hi, sorry i know nothing about fossils but found this curious round egg-shaped thing inside chalk near Beachy Head, Eastbourne, UK. The nearby clay had some similar round dark brown items inside. Any ideas what this is?
  13. Hi everyone! I haven’t been on here, or posted In FOREVER. These rocks were in a creek bed in Devine TX. When I found a pocket There was a soft sometimes liquidy sometimes dryer Chock like substance. There was three colors. Red, orange, and almost yellow. Is this what the cave drawings were made with?!?! I don’t have good pictures of the chalk stuff right now bat can get them later.
  14. brian alabaster

    flints or something more interesing?

    Hi We found these and picked them up on the basis they dont look anything like the flints in this ground. So not what they might be, any info would be appreciated like the other finds these were in a shallow valley in east suffolk under 1.5m of flinty sand and on top of or in the top layer of heavy grey clay with some chalk and slint in it.
  15. Nicole99

    Hunstanton fossil find

    Hi all, I was hoping for some help with this. Is it a fossil? It’s quite worn so I’m not expecting a detailed ID but some suggestions would be fantastic. I found it at Hunstanton which is chalk or Cretaceous age. I’ve also found lots of brachiopods and echinoids at this locality.
  16. brian alabaster

    second find

    We found this in a pond we have dug on the site of an old pond at the juncture between the clay infill and the undisturbed clay under the old pond. depth 1.75m. Heavy clay with flint and chalk in it location Suffolk on boulder clay in the bottom of a very shallow valley I thought it was man made as it was so detailed but my my son and friend think it is a fossil so here are the pictures against a ruler showing inches and centimeters
  17. Hey everyone, hope you're all doing well! From what I've read, small shark/fish teeth can be occasionally encountered by dissolving samples of chalk/limestone in acid. I read Jeppsson et al's 1999 paper on using buffered acetic acid to extract phosphatic fossils (in my case shark teeth), but the method outlined is not that simple and requires access to certain laboratory equipment I don't really have access to right at the moment... All I have is some cheap white vinegar, and some trays and tins I've got some samples of chalk from the Late Cretaceous of Møns Klint, a f
  18. Whisky Mac

    Small but perfectly formed

    I live in Thanet, England - classic White Cliffs country, chalky and flinty. Found this amongst the gravel in my driveway, so may be local, might not. Centimetre rule, so about 3 cm by 2 cm by 2cm.
  19. The Amateur Paleontologist

    Need help in identifying problematic fish bone

    Hey everyone Hope you're all doing well! While looking through unprepped/untouched blocks of chalk from last year's fieldwork session in the Late Cretaceous of Møns Klint (Denmark), I found one block that showed a little trace of fish bone. I scraped a bit around it with some dental tools, and managed to reveal the whole fossil. And I'm having quite some trouble identifying it... Could anyone help me? I've included pics and details of the specimen below. Pics: Note especially the 'ridges' in the upper half of the fossil Full detai
  20. Fossil hunting in the shed like many of us - I thought I'd lost this nice globular rhynchonellid in a house move years ago. From the top Campanian/bottom Maastrichtian Chalk of Norfolk, UK. I think it's Cretirhynchia sp.
  21. Found this rock in Wisconsin US near Lake Michigan. At first I thought it was a collection of bones but looking closer I just don't know.
  22. Manticocerasman

    Spring tide ammonite haul

    Since we have to avoid crowded places due to the current situation , it was a good excuse to go out fossil hunting in the open. We went to the beach at the Cenomanian chalk cliffs, and we were in for a big surprise. The day before we got there, there was a big spring tide, the high water levels cleaned up all of the scree piles from the winter landfalls. Lots of fossils were emerging from the lose boulders on the beach, sometimes even just laying around waiting to be picked up. We even got a few new species for our collection: Natalie found a nice Turillites scheuzerianus a
  23. LLShELL

    Plant, animal

    Hi I. New here. I’ve been collecting for about 5 months in central Texas. I found something that I’ve not come across before. It looks like something from a palm like plant but it could be an animal... it’s 3.4inches long . Thank You.
  24. chalkway9

    Help with identity

    I'd be grateful for advice on this item found high on the South Downs in West Sussex, England.. The Downs are chalk, the item found Flint. I would like to know if this is a fracture pattern or a fossil bivalve - or something else altogether. The surface is corrugated.
  25. Hey Everyone. I'm headed over to the Tuscaloosa area specifically to hunt some of the chalk banks along the Tombigbee. Instead of going on a wild goose chase, I was wondering if anyone knew of some spots around there where they had luck with shark and mosasaur teeth. Preferably, I am looking for spots that are not considered private property or hunting grounds. Thanks for the input!
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