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  1. Ptychodus04

    Tumidocarcinus Prep

    I took a break from working in contract preps last night and spent an hour with the Super Jack attacking the crab that I got from @Doctor Mud. This far, the crab doesn’t appear to be sticky or covered in calcite.
  2. Here are some photos of my 2nd ever fossil hunting trip on Saturday January 8th, 2022. On Friday Jan. 7th, was my first fossil hunting trip, which I posted a few days ago, obtaining mostly exogyra oysters from the North Sulphur River. So I went out the next morning in the rain to Jacksonville, TX, about an hour from me. I stopped along Hwy 69 just north of Love's Lookout, where there are steep rocky cliffs on either side of the highway. I only stayed an hour, as I was soaking wet. But I managed to chip away at several of the red rocks in the area (sorry, I don't know the geologic ages), trying
  3. We are in country wide lockdown again and after a week of doing too longer days working I have decided to do another "sanity crab". The point is to force me to take breaks while working from home. So I cleaned the prep station from all my "nibblers" and will dedicate my time to this one. And straight off the bat its going to test me - its a mudder - not solid stone, and the exo is powder... Looks like a Tumido so far...
  4. fossilhunter21


    From the album: Fossilhunter21's collection

    Infraorder: Brachyura Location: Aurora, North Carolina
  5. fossilhunter21


    From the album: Fossilhunter21's collection

    Infraorder: Brachyura Location: Aurora, North Carolina
  6. fossilhunter21


    From the album: Fossilhunter21's collection

    Infraorder: Brachyura Location: Aurora, North Carolina
  7. Howdy yall! Its been a while sice I posted because on the same day I collected these concretions me and my digging buddy collapsed a chunk of the cliff onto ourselves and broke a few bones (Its all okay now and also congrats to whoever collected the concretions in the rocks). But all I have is a dremel 290 and these are gigantic concretions that I dont think I can prep by myself. I was just wondering if yall though it would be better if I just bit the bullet and got an actual set up or a ball park price to get someone else to prep it (I really want it well done another reason to get someone el
  8. Hi. My Family has had what we believe is a crab fossil for some years. It was passed onto us about 10 years ago. We are in Australia but I believe it possibly comes from Indonesia or East Timor originally. My question is whether Is anybody able to help me confirm whether this is a real fossil or artistic impression and also what species the crab is. If real, how would I go about determining a value? Much appreciated Marcus 142171155_Photos(2).zip
  9. After a lengthy hiatus, I was able to return to the only known fossil collecting locality on Guam, situated south of the Orote Peninsula on the Philippine Sea. Pleistocene (?) crab fossils can be found by beachcombing the beach gravels between the high and low tide marks at this site. It is thought that they were scooped up during dredging of nearby Apra Harbor in the 1940s during development of the navy base, and deposited on the opposite side of the peninsula as dredge spoil, and are likely late Pleistocene to early Holocene in age, but without knowing the source strata, it's only a guess.
  10. Ptychodus04

    Tumidocarcinus Prep

    I know I started a thread about this crab a while ago but I can’t find it. I received this beast in trade from @Doctor Mud about a year ago and prepped on it for a bit until I found carapace and then got busy with other work. Contract work slows down around the holidays, so I’m back at the big boy. Trying to get it out of the lab. I’m about 23 hours into it so far with at least double that to go. I know @Ludwigia is going to hate me but here’s another Instagram VIDEO. This crab turned out to be really sticky but it’s the best Tumidocarcinus I’ve eve
  11. Hello All, (WARNING: FIRST TIME CRAB PREP AHEAD) A friend of mine came across a small concretion (2.5") on a marketplace website and picked it up for me. It was already cracked open right across the equator, and exposed a small crab. (I'm assuming from Washington State but anyone that can weigh-in on the species is appreciated.) As per the pictures, the Crab itself has the body and the claw separated into different halves of the split. Reading up on the forum I decided to glue the concretion back together and air scribe my way back down to the Crab in the hopes of conso
  12. RomainH_Swiss

    Crab Claw Switzerland?

    Hello, Went fossil hunting in a famous Swiss Jurassic Location, the quarry of Liesberg. While cracking some rocks found what seems to be a crab claw. Can anyone help me identifying it? I was not aware such fossils could be found there, is it common or rather rare? Thank you! Cheers, Romain
  13. The oldest true non-marine crab has been described. This was found in amber from Myanmar. This is interesting because crabs, as primordial as they look, evolved relatively recently. The oldest putative crabs are from the Jurassic period, and they arguably looked more lobster like than crab like. Its clear that during the Cretaceous, there was an explosive radiation in the crabs. Its generally assumed that non-marine crabs evolved from marine crabs. Until now, the oldest, undeniable non-marine crab fossil was from the Eocene. Molecular studies suggest they diverged during the early Cretaceous
  14. Haravex

    Crab abdomen prep help

    So I'm prepping this crab I got from Indonesia but the bottom is looking a little weird one part of it looks like a piece is flipped over is that possible? Also it's very very fragile.
  15. Dear all, would like to know if the following crab fossil is genuine before I purchase it. Have appended 2 videos in this post. I’m aware there are quite a few fake carvings marketed as genuine fossils, but I’m not sure if this specimen is a real fossil or a carving, as it appears legitimate due to the intact matrix. Would like to know what the experts think. Thanks very much! IMG_7149.MP4 IMG_7148.MP4
  16. Really beefed up my collection this year: Amber: Spent a while with my trusty loupe combing through Chiapas amber sold by the gram and found a very uncommon flower petal. The seller took a moment to offer up a page on his phone about the healing properties of amber, and he gave me a polite nod and laugh when I said I'm more interested in the scientific properties. I like dead stuff. Big Claw: Always wanted a thick beefy claw! Labeled as a Carch claw from Kem Kem but after reading some of @Troodon's posts it could be a Spino or generic theropod. Really love the shape
  17. ColeFossilFinder

    Ghost Shrimp Crab Claw ???

    Hi does anyone know what this is. I have found a lot of crab claws in big brook but have never found one in matrix. Is this one?
  18. fossilcrazee

    Ocala Limestone

    My brother and I visited Levy County Florida on May 5 as a short diversion on a recent family trip to Florida because I was determined to find an Eupatagus antillarum (Eocene echinoid from the Ocala Limestone) It has taken 10 days to post a trip report because, well, I had to return home, clean the fossils and write a poem. Write a poem because this trip would not have happened if I had not met the TFF Chief Poet @snolly50 in a lovely rhyme-off in support of a recent TFF auction. I would not have been introduced to @Sacha … and @digit … and then read some of their posts and seen
  19. Crgold36

    Crustacean Possibly

    I don't think I posted Larry yet, but here he is! Meet Larry the Lobster! He didn't look much like a crab. He looked more like the Lobster from sponge bob. The lobster was buff and this one looks pretty buff to me!
  20. M Harvey

    crustacean fragment

    This has been bugging me for years. Found in Montgomery, Al in the lower Selma chalk. Pretty sure it is a crab claw segment but fascinated by the color and texture. Does anyone know if original pigmentation can be preserved?
  21. SarahtheIchthyornis

    Several Hop Brook Specimens

    Several fossils found by my friends and I in Hop Brook we need help IDing, first, perhaps the tip of a crab claw? (graduations on the side are one mm each) the second, bog iron, or the relief of a worm burrow? the third.... uhhh.... I'm not sure, and I being the "expert" of the group, was given it for safe keeping
  22. Storystone222

    Crystal fossil? Possibly a crab...?

    this looks like a fossil/crystallized crab to me, I found this in central Texas. Any info and opinions is greatly appreciated 64097469418__089E077F-A23B-4341-88F6-C5B73CEE102A.MOV
  23. Neon

    My Crabs!

    I wanted to thank everyones thats helped me figure out what I'm doing! With the stimulus checks I purchased me a cheap 290 dremel on online, specialized tips, and some paraloid. I got em all together about a month ago and have been prepping most days since. This has been really fun to do and I'm thankful for the knowledge y'all shared with me. The crabs from left to right are the order I found and prepped them and are also named charles, duchess, and peanut butter!
  24. Rexofspades

    Fossil ID Matoaka trip 2

    Hi Again! for Easter this year I decided to go to the Calvert cliffs for some Easter egg fossil hunting. it was a lovely day out got to talk with some nice folks. I wanted to share some of my finds and my IDs of them to check if I got them right before I put labels on them in my collection. 1) Stingray teeth, most likely eagle ray, although the grayish one looks to me like a duck billed ray. 2) Mako Shark Isurus hastalis upper 3) Hemipristis Serra upper 4) Extinct tiger shark Physogaleus contortus 5) Extinct tiger shark Galeocerdo (I think the one
  25. John_smith

    Possible crab fossil?

    Can anyone ID this please? Found in Surrey, England on farmland/woodland. Possibly the underside of a crab? Thanks
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