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  1. Hi everyone, Last week after getting lots of recommendations from people I spend a couple of days at Cap Blanc Nez in France to look for some fossils. And while it wasn't to most bountyfull hunt I did have a lot of fun and I was very pleased with the little finds that I managed to do. We had very nice weather, it was sunny and the temperature was just perfect for fossil hunting, and the cliffs and beach (and landscape overall) were absolutely stunning. The fossils in Cap Blanc Nez date back to the Cretaceous and there are deposits from the Turonian, Cenoma
  2. Thomas.Dodson

    North Texas Hurricane Vacation

    During hurricane Ida I left Louisiana and stayed in North Texas for a little while as a sort of fossil hunting vacation. I'm currently still in North Dakota as I wait for my power to come back in Louisiana but as a result I've had a little bit of time to start cataloging some of my finds. There's still a lot left to go through but I figured I should just post some trip photos and specimens now. Day 1: Day 1 was spent on the North Sulphur River. I stopped here once in 2015(?) on a trip but I got to spend much more time here this time. A familiar view to many.
  3. Hello all, Found a couple of very nice Cretaceous fossils in Limburg (in water). Age: 72-68 mya/73-68 mya (late late Campanian - early Maastrichtian) and/or around 68 mya (if we only focus on de 'Kalksteen van Vijlen' from the Gulpen Formation). One source says 72.1 (± 0.6) million years ago (late Campanian). Thus 72.1 (± 0.6) million years ago till 68 mya (Kalksteen van Vijlen). One source states that the Vijlen 5 Member (boreholes in Gulpen and Crapoel) have a age of around 69.8-69.3 mya. So its possible that the fossils are also of this age. During this time,
  4. Praefectus


    From the album: Prae's Collection (REMPC)

    REMPC P0031 Fossil Leaf Impression Cretaceous, Cenomanian Dakota Sandstone Elisworth Co., Kansas, USA
  5. I went to a local fossil show and saw some highly priced insects too good to be true. They were. Some were done quite well but my $15 30X loupe (magnifying glass) really made the fakes obvious. I took these pics at the show. Pic 1 is presumably a Neuroptera on matrix. Pic 2 is the same Neuroptera though the loupe and you can see it is an obvious forgery. It has been painted. Pic 3 is an obvious painted insect on a piece with 2 cretaceous Lycoptera fish, raising its selling price at least 50 fold. The abdomen in this case is especially badly done. Pic 4 is a different kind of fake, it is an Od
  6. Praefectus

    REMPC-EL0009, EL0010, EL0011

    From the album: Prae's Collection (REMPC)

    Crow Shark Teeth Squalicorax pristodontus Cretaceous, Maastrichtian Oulad Abdoun Basin Oued Zem, Morocco
  7. I've recently become very interested in the sharks of the Cretaceous. The largest of all sharks during this time period was supposedly Cretoxyrhina mantelli, or the "Ginsu Shark". It likely would've highly resembled the modern Great White. I looked up a few images of their teeth, but I was wondering if anyone who hunts the Cretaceous here on the forum has any of their own? If so, I'd love to see them! Hoppe hunting!
  8. The title says it all. It’s a nice tooth, but I’m going back and forth on it because the telltale wear patterns for either group are not present as far as I can see. I apologize for the poor quality of my camera phone picture.
  9. I would like to use photographs of fossils as part of my digital artwork. I do not want to violate any copyright laws if I later sell the artwork. Does anyone know where I can find free-use images of fossils or does anyone mind sharing their personal fossil photographs with me? I will give credit to you for your photography if I decide to use the images in my work. Fossils of any type and from any time period are appreciated. Thank you!
  10. oilshale

    Dragonfly non det and Lycoptera davidii

    From the album: Invertebrates

    Dragonfly non det. and Lycoptera davidii Early Cretaceous Liaoning PRC
  11. Does anyone have Collector's Guide to Texas Cretaceous Echinoids by William Morgan? I'm guessing it is a lot less dated than the old HGMS one and was thinking about picking up a copy so I was curious what those who have read it think of it. I also welcome any other good recommendations for Cretaceous echinoid references. Until my power returns in Louisiana I'm going to be collecting in North Texas and I've already come across some nice (to me) echinoids so I'm in need of reference material.
  12. Hi everyone, I’ve just returned from a trip to Rocken End, Isle of Wight with some Cretaceous chalk ammonites in hand. This chalk is incredibly delicate to the point where handling is almost scary. I have the smaller things soaking in water to desalinate but I’m worried about these two items. The whole ammonite is the nicest and biggest we found (with a little ammo that already looks cracked…) and so delicate I’m worried that soaking it will destroy it? The larger block contains at least one nice ammonite and potentially more, I don’t know whether to prep it
  13. To make a long start to a story short, due to work connections of a relative I recently got invited to excavate a dino on a property. I was quite unsure what I was dealing with until I got there. Aside from the fact this was my first real foray into that part of Hell Creek territory there was a lot that wasn't clear; how well preserved was it? Is it better left to left professional hands? Was it within my ability to excavate (how was the rock, how large was it, etc.). Because of all this I ended up making the 4.5 hour drive to Bowman County with the simple expectation of scouting and seeing wh
  14. Today was the best fossil hunt I've ever had. I feel like I say that every time lately, but it really is true. Today was attempt number three at investigating the Eagle Ford. Attempt number one, in Travis county, found me wandering into the Austin Chalk. I did get a great consolation prize though, in the form of gigantic segment of a Parapuzosia sp. ammonite. Attempt number two was in Williamson county - the Eagle Ford is rare here, only really exposed by housing development. For that reason, I was quite pleased to discover a permanent exposure with consi
  15. Jeffrey P

    Goblin shark teeth from New Jersey

    From the album: Cretaceous

    Scapanorhynchus texanus (goblin shark anterior teeth) Upper Cretaceous Wenonah Formation Ramanessin Brook Holmdel, NJ
  16. So, some of you may have heard of the small outback opal mining town of White Cliffs, New South Wales Australia. For many who read this post, I suspect that you have never even heard of it, or even know that it produces opal fossils. White Cliffs is a 12 hour drive from Sydney, traveling north west (towards Broken Hill), you travel over the Blue Mountains, through the farms of the central-west, the gold and copper town of Cobar and then hitting the historical town of Wilcannia and then traveling north to White Cliffs. White Cliffs claim to fame is an opalised replacemen
  17. Spent Saturday afternoon visiting Lake Texoma and Post Oak Creek. Overall not a bad day. Found some decent ammonite and rare Paraisurus tooth at the Texoma. Also found nice shark tooth from the Post Oak creek. Always nice size ammonites exposed on the surface at the Ammonite Beach. Water levels pretty low. About 6 feet under. Nice looking Paraisurus tooth from the Duck Creek Lake Texoma. Last time I found one was back in 2019. This was a nice find for me. Nice decent shark & fish teeth fr
  18. I brought home a bag of microfossil matrix from NSR a few months ago and finally got to look through it. I am used to the microfossil matrix from Post Oak Creek and it is much easier. I just strain it and wash it off and its ready to go however the North Sulphur River matrix required days of soaking and washing before it was ready to look through. It was still fun. There were two pretty large teeth here but surprisingly not the abundance of micro teeth I find at POC. See the finds below: Can you see anything? How about now?
  19. Hovestadt (2018) published a revision of extinct bullhead sharks, erecting three new genera (Procestracion, Palaeoheterodontus, Protoheterodontus) for a number of Mesozoic bullhead sharks from the Jurassic and Late Cretaceous of Europe. However, I have not been able find a full text PDF for this publication, so I wanted to ask if anyone could send me a copy of that publication. Hovestadt, D.C., 2018. Reassessment and revision of the fossil Heterodontidae (Chondrichthyes: Neoselachii) based on tooth morphology of extant taxa. Palaeontos. 30: 1–73.
  20. Alex Eve

    Hadrosaur tooth variation?

    Howdy all I’m wondering if there is any variation in the teeth between different hadrosaur species? In the guide to common vertebrate fossils of Alberta there is a diagram that portrays a supposed Corythosaurus tooth and that some other tooth diagrams do not represent Corythosaurus. There’s a bit of a difference between the diagrams, but I’m unsure if it warrants identification to a genus level. I took a look at my hadrosaur teeth and noticed there is a difference between these two. The one on the right is wider and has a more prominent central carina. Could this be ta
  21. Here are some things I've had in the collection for a week or two but haven't ID'd yet. I'm starting to label my collection, so I'm trying to label some of the more obscure pieces as well 1) Water worn echinoid - from a creek in Austin, Texas on the Ozan Formation 2.) Piece of mammal enamel. Found on the same creek. I once found a piece of columbian mammoth enamel at this spot, and from that piece I'm going to guess that this is also mammoth. I'm basing that assumption off of the rough, textured backside of the enamel chip, which I was told to look for in Mammoth
  22. Not sure this is even bone, but found in NJ Cretaceous stream, I wet it down to show what even looks like little toothmark scrapes on it that are similar in angle and size in different sections, like something moving around taking bites. Any ideas if its bone? Mosasaur roots found in this area too, never found one but maybe this could be?
  23. I went out to brave the Texas summer heat and was well rewarded. Post Oak Creek is so heavily picked, especially in the summer, that I didn't expect much. I even went there with the Dallas Paleontological Society last month and saw a ton of footprints then and not many good teeth. The first three hours I found almost nothing, as I expected the surface was all picked over, however I found one gravel bar that people must not have gotten to because I started finding a few decent cretodus, squalicorax, goblin shark teeth, and a couple of nice ptychodus. Finally I found two huge teeth about a foot
  24. Kikokuryu

    Elrhaz Crocodylomorph Fang?

    While I was sorting through my collection of croc fossils, I came across these Elrhaz Formation teeth I bought 6 months ago and never did figure out what they were. I assume they are croc and not some kind of fish, though I could be wrong. I've never seen these apart from the one source I purchased them from. I've been told they were Sarcosuchus, then Kaprosuchus, then Suchomimus. Pretty sure it's not Sarcosuchus, and the images I can find of Kaprosuchus don't seem to match. Suchomimus, I don't know, but my gut feeling is, no, I've seen dozens of Suchomimus and fake-Sucho crocs, an
  25. Opabinia Blues

    Big Hell Creek bone - a bit of a mystery

    So, this bone was collected by me earlier in the summer from the Hell Creek Formation in Montana. Upon collecting this bone I had thought that it was a Triceratops (or other Ceratopsid, I suppose) phalanx based on the shape and my memory of seeing pictures online. I was pretty confident in this ID up until a few days ago, and the following are throwing me: 1. This bone seems really big for a Triceratops phalanx. The other examples I can find online are not this large, but then again Triceratops was a pretty big animal and I’ve underestimated its size before. 2. It’s har
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