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  1. Since Thanksgiving I'd only been out collecting once. Snow and cold, car repair, work, and other personal matters effectively kept me out of the field. Finally, yesterday I was able to get back out again. I wasn't waiting for ideal conditions and it was COLD!!!!! Temperature only reached 38 degrees and there was little sun for warmth. Winter collecting for me is usually the Cretaceous brooks of Central New Jersey, two hours south of where I live in New York City's northern burbs. Most of the time I go with frankh8147, a great companion, but unfortunately not free that day. He was out collectin
  2. Zenmaster6

    Cretaceous Bone?

    Texas, Cretaceous age. I am thinking this is a bone. Did some sanding and found blood vessel structure, can someone confirm if it is? Also, how can I tell if its dinosaur or marine reptile?
  3. I ran across a pile of dumped limestone on a vacant lot in Grand prairie Texas, know nothing about it but I'm relying on the limestone experts on here for help. Most of it was shattered or blank but found one large slab about 4 ft across that was intact but cracked with some large peices left. I pried it apart and gathered up ones that looked interesting, had fossils, and large enough to maybe be distinguish as part of something else. Showing the group front and back for context. First four pics of one rock, next four pics of one rock and most interesting one, front and back of next rock, then
  4. jerseygurl

    Stumped on the NJ sea rolled find

    I found this during a low tide walk earlier this week on the bay. I usually find lots of fossil fragments, and sometimes if the sea chooses to be kind to me, I get to take home a top pocket find fossil. On this particular day I did find a complete gastropod mold in addition to this mystery. I’d be interested to hear thoughts on this. In I can’t find anything like it online or in any of my books.
  5. jerseygurl

    Dear Spring, Where are You?

    The house next to mine is being renovated. One day (before all the recent snow nonsense) the contractor dug a new fence line alongside my property line. Found this lil guy in one of the dirt piles they so kindly left in my yard after finishing the installation. I already know where I’ll being digging out a new garden this Spring. Thank goodness That my husband is a very patient man and is happy to indulge me. He knows my REAL agenda for the garden.
  6. Greetings y'all. As many of you know I work at the Tate Geological Museum in Casper, Wyoming. As many of you don't know, we used to host a Spring Lecture Series every year for the people of Casper. This year we decided to start it up again, using the newly acquired skills of Virtual Gatherings. The theme this year is Cretaceous Dinosaurs. The talks are scheduled for the first Tuesday of March, April and May. Here is the link: https://www.caspercollege.edu/tate-geological-museum/events/lecture-series/ The Zoom link is on that Tate Museum web page. The tal
  7. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    Marine reptiles of Madagascar

    Hi all, I recently became aware that Madagascar appears to have a fully developed and interesting Mesozoic marine reptile record, yet am not particularly able to find any information on them. The only article I have come across is Bardet and Termier, 1990, "Première description de restes de Plésiosaure provenant de Madagascar (gisement de Berere, Campanien)". However, I've been unable to track this article down. As such, I was wondering whether anybody on TFF might have any information on them. Basically, I'm starting from scratch, so would be very interested in the clades of
  8. Rexofspades

    Two Medicine Hadrosaur vertebra ID

    Hi! I got this Hadrosaur caudal vert from the two medicine formation. in Pondera County. I was wondering what part of the tail this bone would have come from? the seller says it is likely a proximal vertebra, but couldn't give any details on its placement. Is there any possible way you can tell what part of the tail this fossil belonged to? assuming a grown individual of the species. If exact placement isn't possible, Ill settle for general region. The centrum of the Vert is 2.7 x 2.3. x 2.2" and the process is 7.6" long in a straightline including the anterior points
  9. I'll be honest, I've put off writing this trip report for far too long. Between work, school and general procrastination I have delayed this post for over 7 months. Perhaps there's a silver lining to me writing this in the middle of winter, it could act as a nice break from the grey & cold conditions many of us are facing this season. Hopefully you all enjoy a dose of warmth from a trip which I enjoyed greatly. Ok ready? Let's go. My morning started around 4:30, ungodly hours for me generally, but I woke up excited for what lay ahead. Less than a half hour later we were on our w
  10. Found this in same creek by DFW airport, Eagle Ford/Alluvium mix. So has basic shape of an ammonite but really thrown off by strange pattern, not typical wear and each side so different. Just don't know what to make of it.
  11. steviefossils

    Mosasaur or croc?

    Hi all, I recovered this split tooth from Big Brook park in Monmouth, NJ (late cretaceous). I've checked a couple websites that give information on Big Brook, and I can't conclude either way if it is mosasaur or croc (or similar to a croc). I included close-ups to show enamel, and held it to show the shape of the tooth towards its root. Thanks, Steve
  12. Kasia

    Is this really it?

    Hello, I received this yesterday as a birthday gift - it was sold as an imprint of hadrosaur skin, Cretaceous, from Hell Creek. Do you think it really is hadrosaur skin?
  13. I_gotta_rock

    Cretaceous Micro Brachiopod

    This one is bugging me!!!! I know this is a brachiopod. I found it at the Reedy Point spoils along the C and D Canal in Delaware. It is 1cm in diameter. I have found two of them in the sand but none of them in the books. I have looked in Weller 1907, Wade 1926, Stephenson 1923, Richards 1958 and 64, and Lauginger 1988. I asked the folks at the repository for the Monmouth Amateur Paleontological Society. No dice. Look familiar to anyone?
  14. Hello, i have this little piece of fossil (2-3 cm) that i have no idea what it can be. Its from falaises des vaches noires in France which is Cretaceous/Jurassic area. There are mostly marine fossiles here. I was thinking fishbone fragment or plant? If anyone could help me i would really appreciate it.
  15. fossilsonwheels

    Mesaverde Formation Round 2

    I have been a little bored lately and missing micro matrix searches. It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to enjoy hunting for tiny shark teeth. I got some more matrix from the Rollins Member of the Mesaverde Formation. My first time through that matrix produced one of my favorite finds, a 1mm Scyliorhinus tooth. This formation doesn’t provide much in the way of complete teeth but it is a fauna that was really quite diverse. The first search was with less matrix but I found enough to want to do it again. This time I have more matrix and in varying states. Some is broken down, some i
  16. Brandy Cole

    Marine Fossil? Impression Fossil?

    Howdy everyone. :-) I think I've gotten a little better at identifying the Pleistocene fossils I've found (and figuring out when an ID is probably hopeless), but on the few things I've found that don't fall into that era, I'm still pretty lost. I found the rock below a while back in the Brazos River, in a sand and gravel matrix in the riverbed near Brookshire, Texas. It looks like a regular nondescript rock on its rounded face (top left), but on the flatter face (the other three pictures), it looks like it was cracked open at some point and revealed somet
  17. I_gotta_rock

    Boletechinus Sea Urchin

    This specimen comes from the 1980 dredge spoils of the C and D Canal. The type specimen for this species comes from the Navesink Formation exposure of the same canal, not far away. Known by locals, it was not actually described until 1986. Although not the most common of species at this locality, and almost unknown outside of Delaware, these miniscule urchins were nonetheless plentiful at the Reedy Point spoils. Recent excavation for barrow removed most of the sand where my specimen was found.
  18. Nick Fish

    NJ Cretaceous Scute

    Possible scute? Found in NJ cretaceous streams. Thoughts?
  19. Fossilsforever

    Cretaceous sea

    Hello all, One of the many drawings/art works of me. Black pencil and edited with pc. This artwork comes perhaps in a book that will be published in July/August 2021. The Cretaceous sea (Kreidemeer) of Europe (late late Campanian and/or early Maastrichtian, 73-69/73-68 mya). Kind regards and happy fossil hunting! Ruben
  20. I_gotta_rock

    Sabre-Toothed Herring Tooth

    Vertebrate material of any kind is extremely rare at this locality. However, this is the most common vertebrate represented at Reedy Point. Found while sifting through micro matrix collected from an especially prolific, recently exposed spot that will soon be removed by bulldozers.
  21. Belemnites have been my core interest for decades, starting as an 8 year old kid when I saw and bought the pointy end of a large Cylindroteuthis in a curio shop (I still have it ). This led eventually to being able to research some Lower Jurassic ones for my Ph.D at university. I pursued another career after that (musical instrument repair and restoration) but palaeontology has remained a fairly fanatical interest ever since. Most of my early collection (including nearly all the research stuff) has been lost for various reasons but I've been able to replace much of it and added many new
  22. I_gotta_rock

    Glycymeris Clam Internal Mold

    Glycymeris clams have ridges along the inside edge of the valves that extend past the cardinal area. Internal molds tend to include these teeth, making them very distinctive. As of the time this was posted, this was the only member of the genus listed in the Paleobio Database for the Cretaceous period and it is only listed as being found in NJ. However, Stuart Weller (1907) and Horace G Richards (1958) not only include them in the C and D Canal zone, but identify three different species for the region. This one is the most common and the only one THEY found outside of NJ.
  23. bthemoose

    Russian Sand Tigers

    I purchased some shark teeth recently, all or most of which appear to be sand tigers, from Russia and am hoping some folks on here might be able to help me identify them. The information from the seller, who is in Russia but didn't collect these himself, is that these are Cretaceous teeth found in chalk deposits on the banks of the Don River, near Kalach-on-Don, Volgograd region, Russia. He doesn't have any more info or know the exact geologic layer. I haven't been able to find much information from searching online, but using the app Rockd, it does appear that the geology in the a
  24. It's propably real and it has 10-15% repair. I don't know which species it belongs to (maybe Deinonychus or Dromaeosaur). What do you think?
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