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  1. On Wednesday, October 12th, I took another trip to a nearby favorite spot of mine that I found a few years ago which exposes the Sciponoceras gracile Zone, Camp Wisdom Member, Upper Britton Formation of the Eagle Ford Group here in Texas (Late Cenomanian-Early Turonian, 92-95mya), and had probably my best hunt from this site, including several different ammonites, a few shark teeth, my first Enchodus, and 26 Ferroranina dichrous crabs! First find was this very nice Yezoites delicatulus (Scaphitidae) ammonite A very worn Ptychodus sp. (Ptychodontidae) shark tooth:
  2. Here is my most fun video to date. This is part 1 of a 3 part crab prepping series. Its about prepping 3 Tumidocarcinus crab concretions from New Zealand at the same time and all the problems that come with prepping them. Part 3, (isn't out yet) will have 2 BIG surprises! The entire series is almost 1 hour long but I had to cram in over 100 hours into an hour. Enjoy https://youtu.be/HlXroj1_hW0
  3. Hello everybody. Besides being busy making fossil prep video's, I'm learning a new editing software program that is much much better than the first one I learned. Way easier and much better to handle/play/control audio with this one. Anyways, I made a 5 part crab prepping series and this is Part 3. Part 4 and 5 will be published the next two saturdays. Enjoy Oh, this video is just under 3 minutes so it wont waste too much of your time. https://youtu.be/-GMQEFqw5MQ
  4. Hello, I have a question regarding best preparation techniques for Eocene concretions from Sheppey. They look like this: I'm not doing the preparation myself - I'm asking to help the guy who is supposed to prepare them, as it's a new material for him and he doesn't want to ruin the fossils. I will appreciate your expert advice Kasia
  5. Found this today, which I think is a fossil of leaves? Thanks! Location: Monterey Formation shale, Monterey County, California (Miocene) Outside of Carmel Valley, near Garland Ranch, among pea crabs (Pinnixa sp.) Description: About an inch and a half in length (I could get exact measurements). It looks like they have a complete margin(?) with a central midrib and veins that alternate. From a single split, so, positive and negative sides.
  6. What a great xmas. I hope everyone had a wonderful xmas morning. For xmas this year, 2 crabs were given as gift. Both very very cool. This is a concretion from New Zealand I gave to my youngest son Coleton. Tumidocarcinus gigantius Get a load of this leg placement!!! Holy Kermoly!!! The other side is almost as good too. Here is a metal cast crab from china my wife got me. Very heavy and super cool. She tells me she ordered another different one but it did not make it in time for Xmas.
  7. Summertime is here in Texas and that means if you want to go fossil hunting and not get heatstroke....you better go early in the morning! My Grandmother would say "Spring has sprung, Fall has fell, Summer is here and it's hot as usual". I am fortunate that the Glen Rose Formation is close to where I live, so that is my best hunting in Summer! I hit up four different spots recently (one with the Paleontological Society as our monthly field trip) and found some nice new things and some nice not-new things! A few "new" finds: My Favorite : Associated Starfish Ossicles! It m
  8. First time back at the beach in a month or two.... was a little foggy. I've never seen a crab on the "turtleshell" rocks before, man I wish I could drag these back and put them in the garden. Help wanted - this bugger is HUGE... if you want it, I think we need a chopper or boat to extract it. Anytime out with the family is great! Pretty sure I've seen these in someone's youtube before!!
  9. I've always been really into fossils and prehistoric stuff but I only recently starting going out and fossil hunting. On a recent trip I found 5 concretions from the lincoln creek formation in washington state. I'm pretty sure only the middle one has something in it but I'm at a complete loss at how to go about cleaning these. I dont have a air scribe and I'm completely content with just seeing some of the crab, if there is one inside any of the concretions, and would love some pointers to go about this. Also how to preserve them once they are exposed. I've seen people using some
  10. Part Two of my Post Oak Creek matrix finds. A fossil friend sent me 5 gallon bags of gravel and I have been slowing making my way through (one and a half bags done so far!) and here are some of my best finds. The previous post (Part 1) were all teeth - shark and sawfish and fish etc... This post is ALL THE OTHER STUFF. Here is a link to the first post in case you want to see the TEETH. My favorites- Crab Claws! Two sides of two claws - Size 1/4 inch More claws and maybe a fragment of carapace? Size: Claws - 1/8 inch and fragment 1 inch
  11. Jesuslover340

    Feelin' Crabby

    Not really (the title). @Ash and I are currently staying at a lovely cabin furbished to look like an early settler's homestead while we are on holidays looking for fossilized crabs from the Cretaceous. We got here at 2:30 p.m. yesterday after a 12 hr drive from waking at 2:30 a.m. and leaving at 3:15 a.m. After settling in and having roast beef sandwhiches for a late lunch, we spent 3 hrs in the evening looking and managed to find four confirmed Torynomma quadrata crabs and brought back a few concretions to split for later. We also might have found a nautilus of sorts? Unsure of the correct t
  12. jeannie55

    I Think I Found Crabs

    In all seriousness, a few days ago, I washed three more of the fossils from my fossil hunting extravaganza of which I will eventually post about. I think I see two maybe three crabs in this chunk of what I thought was coral. I am not sure what the matrix is other than a lot of coral and I am still new to prepping; actually, I haven’t really prepped other than washing the fossils. I am posting horrible pictures of which I am sorry about. So in the first picture, is that a smashed crab face? There are long pincher arms and side legs but they are not connected to this part. Do any of you see the
  13. Out of the countless New Jersey cretaceous crab claws I've seen and found this has to be one of the strangest claw partials yet. Seems to be an ornamented shell as apposed to the smooth claw textures that are typically found. Definitely a very interesting piece, anyone have any ideas on a possible species or if any ornamental crabs have found in nj cretaceous, or any other new jersey cretaceous hunters ever come across one similar? Definitely a head scratcher
  14. I was not aware but convergent evolution has created crab shaped creatures 5 separate times! https://boingboing.net/2020/10/15/animals-have-evolved-into-a-crab-like-shape-at-least-5-separate-times.html
  15. Jenstar

    Crustaceans found on beach.

    Hi, I would really appreciate an ID on these crustaceans found 2019 at Miami, Mermaid And Nobby beaches on the Gold Coast, Australia. I've done some basic research and came up with Pliocene era. Thankyou so much!
  16. While I was on the crab topic I also found three nodules that I popped but didn't want to take the chance prepping due to their size. Are these small crabs worth prepping in the condition they are in?
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