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  1. 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...
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. Ptychodus04

    Crab 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. John_smith

    Possible crab fossil?

    Can anyone ID this please? Found in Surrey, England on farmland/woodland. Possibly the underside of a crab? Thanks
  14. In February, I sifted at the shoreline on Caspersen Beach and Venice Beach, Florida. Finds include: (left) a crab claw & 2 ray tail barbs..... plus a variety of small shark teeth and ray mouth plates.
  15. Rayminazzi

    South texas fossiling

    I took advantage of the nice weather on my last couple days off and went to a couple sites around town, in no particular order here's the most interesting things I found. First a worn ptychodus anonymous tooth from the eagle ford shale. next what I think is a pachidiscus travisi from the basal pecan gap chalk and a half of a graptocarcinus texanus carapace from the buda formation in a location I had never found anything particulary interesting before. Quite worn but still recognizable And while normally one finds echinoids and ammonites in the georgetown this time I only f
  16. I was lucky enough to find a crab concretion, and not knowing what it was, opened it with a hammer. I included images below for reference of what I am talking about. * Part of the leg and claw are in imprint. What is the best approach getting them out without damage? I'm thinking manual tools? * It looks like there might be another concretion connected to that piece. Would I be able to freeze-thaw to open it now that the other fossil is exposed or could this cause damage?
  17. Thanks to a post from Candace ( @thelivingdead531 ) I found out about the Aurora Fossil Museum's box o' matrix that they sell! (all moneys benefit the museum, which was a bonus). I got two Gallon Bags of matrix to sift through and wow....some really great stuff! They send a really good ID sheet too. But of course, there's even more info here on the FF! So here are some of my favorite finds so far. I've only gone through about 6 cups of matrix!! SO MUCH MATRIX! I havn't really done much ID'ing yet (the shark teeth) but my favorite by far is the crab stuff....love those pincers!! And the colo
  18. This is supposed to be a Xantho (Lophoxanthus) Scaberrimus from West Java,Indonesia. It looks blatantly fake to me (no articulations on the chelae!?) - or, do such "carving like" fossils actually exist? Several are being on offer now on that auction site, which is doubly suspicious. Thanks in advance
  19. LiamL

    Crab Fossil

    Hello, Can anybody give me an ID on this crab fossil also a location? Thanks
  20. 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
  21. January in Texas is usually, weather wise, fantastic hunting. For seasonal allergy sufferers (like me) it can be miserable. But, we had a GREAT rain...two days of decent downpours and the temps were in the upper 60s, so, hoping the cedar pollen had been knocked out of the air a bit by the rains....I donned my mask and spent three hours out in the great outdoors and was I ever rewarded for my "perseverance"!!! hahahahha I had been hoping to find a Glen Rose Formation (Lower Cretaceous) Shark Tooth for a couple of years. I knew they could be found! Erich ( @erose) told me so and I believe him
  22. T Stolberger

    Help with fossil crab ID

    I'm looking for help with finding a genera from this chela/ crab claw, found in Cenozoic rock from Northwest Nelson, South Island, New Zealand. It is fairly weathered, and was originally split between two separate stones lying on the beach. A little reconstruction and preparation produced the result in the image. It was not in-situ so I am unsure which rock group it is associated with. I'm guessing it is either late Oligocene or early Miocene in age based on what I know of the area, but I could be wrong. I'm hoping there are some crab experts out there who will know what this is straight
  23. Neon

    I found a crab arm

    Im back at it again collecting more concretions. I found a bunch of small ones once again from the lincoln creek formation! But the wild thing is that I found this: Me and a bud were getting this concretion out of the rock when this arm was exposed. I plan to use a pin and hammer to get the tip of the claws out and I think I should super glue them onto the arm? And what can I do to preserve this arm because this is really cool.
  24. Hello. Does anyone know about the authenticity of the fossil crabs and lobsters below? I've seen them pop up on a few different sites and I'm suspicious because they all look nearly identical. Unfortunately, I don't have any information about age, location, etc. Thanks for your help.
  25. Crustaceans are a large, diverse group of anthropods which includes the crabs, prawns, lobsters, barnacles and other shelled animals. Perhaps owing to their hard shells and marine lifestyles, crustaceans have a rich and extensive fossil record, extending up to the Cambrian, though they do not appear in abundance until the Carboniferous. They make for attractive and familiar fossils, and are one of my favorite groups to collect. Allow me to present my humble collection. Eryon cuvieri 155 million years old | late Jurassic Solnhofen Limestones; "Plattenkalk” Malm Zeta 2, Eic
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