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  1. This cylindrical object came from my neighbor whose mother was an avid artifact and rock collector. She had no idea what it was or when her mother found it but it was a long time ago up in the area of Carey, Idaho, on her mother's private property. The object is cylindrical with a small sway toward the middle of it. It is 4' tall and approximately 2 3/8" at the widest point. It is stone or clay colored uniformly aside from the ends where it has a brownish gold tinge and shows circles in the center of each end. It is very heavy given its size and seems dense it weighs 1 lb 6.1 oz. Any he
  2. About 500m ASL, we had fun, found a clay bank and tried for shark teeth. In the end everything was too fragile, the shells disintegrated as we extracted them and the only solid things were the infilled burrows. Thought I had to share anyway... it was a fun time. https://youtu.be/ZOMRLKpItPI and some photos of the lunk we bought out... that is crumbling fast.
  3. Hello everybody! In continuation of the Frozen Fossils and Frozen Fossils II topics this report covers fossil hunting in real winter, with excavating fossils from under the snow (@JamieLynn might be interested). The trips took place this week when we had a thaw with temperatures raising to +1-2 Celsius after a long period of frost (so that digging became possible). This time I visited the same site as in FF2, which is MUCH poorer than the one covered in FF1, but MIGHT yield more diverse fossils (which was unfortunately not the case).
  4. Phillipfiltz

    Swiss cheese rock

    Hey guys! so I recently went looking in an old local creek for arrowheads and came across a grapefruit sized clay rock. (Assuming it was clay due to the clay in the area) once I busted it open I got many voids and very small round objects. Any help will be much appreciated!!
  5. Mozfet

    Fossil or not?

    Good evening everyone depending on where you live. I'm new to rocks and fossils and I wanted to see if anyone knew what this strange rock formation may be. I live in Central Michigan where the rock was found. Attached images. Thank you much!
  6. Flyjack1

    Recent Folkestone Fossil Trip

    Hi All, Thanks for having me here. Me and my girlfriend have recently discovered an interest in looking for fossils. Luckily for us, we have spent some time in Folkestone, England which we have discovered is pretty full of fossils in the right place. The below are a couple of finds from one afternoon down at Copt point while we were walking the dog. Any extra information about what we found would be very much appreciated. My uneducated guess is that all are ammonites except for the two specimens at the bottom, which I am completely unsure of. They all came out of a gault clay
  7. I am new to fossil preparation, I really want to prepare this echinoid I found on Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, UAE. I have started prepping it with a small needle, since I don't have access to any fancy machines, but I think I just ended up damaging the fossil. The rock seems to be a type of clay, not too hard. It might also be limestone, since the area is known for its shallow marine sedimentary rocks. Should I soak it in water? Or vinegar? Should I have a go at it with my dremel?
  8. Pixpaleosky

    Bones extraction

    Hi, I am in need of advice in order to remove these bones from the field. For scale, the rib size is about 30cm and is going to the top pf the picture. My issue is that the matrix is a mix of sand and clay, very soft, and the bones are extremely fragile. Ideally i would like to remove them with the matrix but it would need to be stabilized otherwise it will fall apart. I am thinking about putting a lot of starbond on bones and matrix all around to solidify everything ? But then how to remove the plate ? By the way is it possible to remove matrix sticking to the fossil
  9. FlirtsWithChert

    Crowley’s Ridge

    All of my pieces come from a creek on Crowley’s Ridge in northeast Arkansas near the Missouri border. Crowley’s Ridge is believed to be about 10,000 years old. Located as far north as New Madrid, Missouri and as far south as Wynne, Arkansas, it is believed by some to be a former bank of the Mississippi River. At some point, it may have even been an island. Some research has suggested that the ridge was affected by volcanic activity in the distant past. Today, Crowley’s Ridge is known for its gravel pits, uplifts, and bluffs which were likely caused by t
  10. Scarletfemale

    Mudstones?

    Hello all- I live in NC, the far Western part, but spend a lot of time in TN, at a man-made lake that was constructed as part of the TVA project, beginning in the 30s. The rocks and scenery around there have been stirred up and relocated with the construction of the lake, so it’s kind of difficult to say what ought to be where. That said, they consist mostly of rather uninteresting dolomite and quartzite in the forested areas, and then huge beach expanses of orange-tan to red to purple and even bluish clay-type slate or shale material that has hardened in spots to near-ro
  11. Rocksalots

    Is this fossil coral?

    Hello- I was told that these strange “rocks” may actually be fossilized coral. They were found well-buried in a clay bank, in the SE US. Any thoughts or confirmation, please? Thank you!
  12. Bonehunter

    Foray into Foraminifera

    Good morning all!- hope you are all healthy! I found these foraminifera (my first!!!) on April 20, but took my time fishing them out of some limestone, then meticulously cleaning and prepping them. Thanks to Clear Lake for suggesting, in my first post that it looks similar to Ozawainella ciscoensis-really appreciate it! They were all found in winterset limestone in Kansas City. Researching numerous references, I found it is far more complicated identifying them, so I'll send them to someone with more expertise in i.d.s! , and am leaving them as simply Foraminifera. I i.d. them und
  13. Are there ways to differentiate long neck plesiosaur bones vs. pliosaur bones*(specifically vertebrae from the kimmeridge clay in this case), other than by size, in some cases? *or any of the paddle bones
  14. rjfisherman

    Is it a fossil or something else?

    I found this in southeast Missouri in a layer of thick reddish clay in a transitional soil area with a light gray gravel.
  15. Bob Saunders

    mixed, fossils

    This is a chunk of Michigan clay with sand and probably calcium. I do not know yet if I can do much with it other than perhaps cut down the size to have the fossils. Don't know if a hack saw would help much. all are like micro size and one looks like an Crinoid Archimedes screw 0.7 cm x 0.3 cm. I would like to know what is the tire track like tract line? 5/8th inch, or 0.1 x 1.59 cm or 15.8750 mm. Is this an actual fossil or impression left by a life form. Two are with my phone zoomed in about 1.7.
  16. 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
  17. MrBones

    Bone found in UAE

    I found this weird looking rock yesterday on a man made beach in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. I have never seen anything like it here in the UAE. It appears to be a pieces of bone in/on top of some hardened clay. On the underside there are small shells stuck inside. I would be glad to find out more about this mysterious rock.
  18. ESCONI recently announced a field trip to the Starved Rock Clay Pit in IL on 8/17. The layers are, from top down: Mecca Quarry Shale, Francis Creek Shale, Colchester No. 2 Coal, and paleosol. I was lucky enough to see the post in time to get on the list before it filled up. Anyone else here going? Also, I know ESCONI has been there before. Have any of you been there previously and have any tips you could share? This is my first trip to a quarry so I'm not sure what to expect.
  19. Macrophyseter

    Removing putty-like adhesives

    I am wanting to remove this shark tooth for photography purposes, but it is attached to the display case via some putty-like adhesive. I haven't tried poking at it in fear of damaging the tooth (which is quite brittle), but it does appear to be somewhat hardened, although I may be wrong. Does anyone know how to best remove putties using household materials with minimal damage to the fossil? Any help is appreciated.
  20. thatFossilGuy36

    Yarmouth fossil in clay

    I recently went to the Isle of Wight and when I was hunting at Yarmouth beach, I found this on the foreshore amongst the pebbles. The imprint is about 1cm long. Any help you can give would be much appreciated.
  21. SteveE

    Crushing in a crusher

    I'm reading a 1960ish report on a formation near me (Bloomsburg). Among other interesting things it says "The most effective method of extracting the fossils from the claystone is by crushing in a crusher in which fine particles drop out so that they do not constantly undergo breakage." Can anyone elaborate on this process?
  22. Bobby Rico

    Sculpture Venture

    In the next week I have some time off work and i've been thinking about having a go at making a clay sculpture. Still undecided what subject matter to use. Doren has given me some helpful advice: an obscure creature from the ancient past, or a transitional animal, both great suggestions, but i'm still open to more specific ideas. So, please post me some images of the weird and wonderful. My clay is ready to go on Monday, and I will post some pictures of what I end up making however it turns out, even if it looks like my dog has made it.
  23. apcsak

    What is this?

  24. Max-fossils

    Ammonoids from Carniol

    Hi everyone, Should've posted these a LOOONG time ago, but me being the lazy guy I am I forgot to do so till now Anyways, here goes. These were all found by me (/my family) in the Carniol clay banks in southeastern France. They are (heavily for some) pyritized. They are from the "Gargasian", Aptian stage, Cretaceous. Would love to hear the species name of them. Genus is still fantastic. Thoughts? Thanks in advance, Max #1:
  25. Hey everyone, So this summer, like most summers, my family went to my grandpa's holiday house in southern France. Seeing that we had many days with nothing planned, I managed to convince them to go fossil hunting one day. At first, I wanted to go to Lacoste, a place known for its echinoids and gorgeous white scallops, but it turns out these quarries are no longer accessible. So instead we went to Carniol, which was a little further away. After only a few hours in the car we arrived at the village of Carniol. "Village" would still be considered being generous: there are no more tha
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