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  1. Return to the Badlands of North Texas At long last, rain graced the lands of North Texas this past week. For many of us, that meant it was time to finally crawl out of bed and beat the crowd to that one particular site desperately needing a refresh. In my case, I set on my way to explore a newer spot in the Grayson Marl while the ground was still nice and muddy. I'd been to this place once before, but it had already been thoroughly picked over. It's a popular site, but even then, it managed to pull through and produce some fine specimens for me to take home. With that in mind, I su
  2. EPIKLULSXDDDDD

    Steorrosia pawpawensis with Preserved Eye

    From the album: Pawpaw Formation

    Steorrosia pawpawensis, Tarrant Co. Albian, Cretaceous Jan, 2023
  3. EPIKLULSXDDDDD

    Texicancer renfroae

    From the album: Pawpaw Formation

    Texicancer renforae, Tarrant Co. Albian, Cretaceous Dec, 2022
  4. EPIKLULSXDDDDD

    Steorrosia aspera

    From the album: Pawpaw Formation

    Sterrosia aspera, Tarrant Co. Albian, Cretaceous Dec, 2022
  5. Over the month of December, I've gotten the opportunity to check out several sites across the state of Texas. In my fossil interests, I have to admit that I am certainly a bit vertebrate-centric, but that does not mean I will pass up the chance to marvel at a beautiful invertebrate specimen when given the chance. For better or worse, these past four mini hunts have not really delivered on the vertebrate end, but have made up the difference in terms of inverts. I've decided to combine these smaller hunts into one report. For those with invertebrate addictions, I hope this sampler of Texas fossi
  6. I visited a new locality recently and spotted this concretion. I dont really split concretions these days unless there is a really good reason to do it. I prefer prospecting and looking for clues that something is inside. And - it’s hard work splitting these concretions Glad I rolled the dice on this one though. You just don’t get many Tumidocarcinus specimens with leg tips. Not a huge crab, but I like the small ones too. Should glue back together and prep nicely. Good separation on that carapace except for the usual trouble spot. That area near the front of the carapace
  7. EPIKLULSXDDDDD

    Feldmannia wintoni

    From the album: Pawpaw Formation

    Feldmannia wintoni, Tarrant Co. Albian, Cretaceous Dec, 2022
  8. The brief visit to the second half of the Pawpaw exposure turned out to be a huge success. I didn't think it was possible, but the finds got even better! There wasn't much of a story to be had with accessing the site, so I'll keep things brief and jump straight into the finds. Once I relocated the productive greyish layer, I was already gathering various claw bits left and right. Their bright white coloration really makes them pop out from the ground. However, I didn't let this lead me into lowering the thoroughness of my search. I still took a close look at every pebble and under
  9. DarasFossils

    Miocene Pea Crab Preparation

    Hello, I am new to fossil preparation but I bought one of those Miocene Crab concretions, but I am not sure how to separate the rock without damaging the crab inside. I only have dental tools and chisels, but they are not enough to separate the two sides for a pos/neg display that I could like. What sorts of tools could I use for the job? It is something similar to the picture below.
  10. Crab fossil from warden point, Sheppey, England. Wondering what species of crab this is?
  11. Do you see any obvious red fkag with this one? It is described as Zanthopsis dufouri, 8×7×5 cm, Eocene (47.8-56 m/y), from the French region of Aude. It llooks very nice, but what both attracts and puzzles me it that it appears ti be "sitting" onto its matrix, like a jewel on a silk cushion. What do you thing? An excellent prep work, or...? Auf Deutsch übersetzen
  12. Found this walking some rocks today, thought it kind of resembled a crab. Measures roughly 4.5 inches. Anyone care to give their opinion?
  13. DLB

    Crab concretion

    This one turned out good
  14. fossilhunter21

    Brachyura

    From the album: Fossilhunter21's collection

    Infraorder: Brachyura Location: Aurora, North Carolina
  15. Last week I visited my little spot in the Britton formation for the first time since all the flooding rains, it's only a small strip about 20 yds long that's slowly eroding but I always find things. There were the usual baculites, ammonites and crabs, an Inoceramus and a few I'm not sure about. The crab that's circled doesn't look like the other Notopocorystes, it's too long, is it lobster? Then there's the little baculite packed rock that had 3 tiny ammonites, #3 I pried off, Mortoniceras? #2 scaphite or Placenticeras? #1 so small not sure it can be ID'd. #4 separate rock looks like squished
  16. Mother load of crab concretions
  17. Blubby the blobfish

    Travertine crab from Turkey

    Here's one of my really nice invert fossils. A little crab, almost perfectly preserved in a cave made of Travertine. Quality varies wildly with these, this isnt a super high quality one but ever since I saw one of these on an auction site I wanted one and this one was most affordable for me. Anyone else here own one of these? Lmk!
  18. historianmichael

    NJ Cretaceous Crab ID Help

    I went collecting today with @Jeffrey P and @frankh8147 in a nearby creek in New Jersey exposing the Late Campanian Wenonah Formation and I came across this concretion containing a crab carapace. Unfortunately the carapace lost its right side to weathering in the creek and the carapace was crunched and broken during fossilization. I checked Richard's The Cretaceous Fossils of New Jersey as well as a few others and I was unable to come up with a definitive identification. Does anyone recognize this crab genus? It seems so familiar to one I came across while collecting in Texas but I have not be
  19. I am going to take my 9 years old son to California in mid February for a week. We plan to collect shark tooth at Ernst Quarries and we also want to collect other fossils along the coast from San Francisco to LA. I did many research and found a few sites that we really want to go. Bean Creek at Scotts Valley for sand dollar, Capitola Beach for shells and maybe whale bone, Carmel valley for crab, and Jalama Beach for fish. I did more research and found out that the Bean Creek location is off limit now. I would like to ask if the other places still ok. We will fly to LA and driv
  20. Got me some matrix from a couple of sites in the Cretaceous Glen Rose Formation- one of my favorite (and closest to me!) formations. So much tiny stuff!! It's too dang hot to hunt in Texas (we are on day 58 of 100+ F degree ). So, hunting from home is my preferred pastime! Here are some of my recent nice finds. My best thing I found, which I was quite excited about is a little madreporite - part of a starfish cirulatory system. I found one big one (1/2 inch) at this same site a few years ago but had not found one since, so was happy to find this little one. It's only 1/4 inch.
  21. Hiya! First time posting so please forgive me if I’m doing something incorrectly. I’ve recently gotten into fossils after previously collecting different minerals. I would like verification for two fossils before I go ahead and purchase them.
  22. Hi guys, I have recently found what I presume is a fossil crab on a beach in the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia. I’m wondering if anyone knows any more details about it, age, etc? Thanks! NP
  23. Discover and Preserve

    Fossilized articulated hermit crab

    Hello All, We recently took our kids to the Aurora fossil festival to "fossil hunt" though piles of material from the local Nutrien Phosphate mine in North Carolina. We brought a small amount of material home to look though and one of the kids found the attached tiny hermit crab. It looks so delicate that I have a hard time believing this is a fossil. That said, if it is a modern specimen I have no clue how it ended up in our sample of gravel? Any thoughts or help with the id would be appreciated! Brent
  24. I don't usually publish a you tube video on Sundays, but my youngest son came over and we popped open a crab concretion from New Zealand in real time for everyone to see. I decided to make it into a video and had some fun doing it. Enjoy https://youtu.be/8PDo3yRP5zE
  25. Very rare find a Cuban Necronectes collinsi. This is only the third example I have seen come out of the limestone of the Canimar formation in the last 12 years.
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