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  1. Hey guys! I’m going to be in Arizona for a few months and need to get my fossil hunting itch scratched! I’ll be viewing the petrified forest (and not taking anything of course), but I wanted to know where I could go to find some fossils. I will be getting a permit. As someone who hunts heavily in Florida I can’t wait to see the difference in Fauna and age in Arizona! let me know what you all recommend.
  2. I found this while rock hounding in the desert out of Del Rio, Texas. I've never looked for , nor ever found any petrified wood before, so I really have no point of reference. If you guys/ gals could help me, that would be greatly appreciated . Thanks, Joe
  3. Greetings guys/ gals: This is something that I found in the desert out of Del Rio , Texas. I'm pretty sure it's a vertebrae, but looks odd, sort of like a vertebra with a compression fracture. It's definitely bone, I can see the trabeculization pattern. I'm puzzled because it's heavier then actual bone, but a bit litter then a solid rock. It is a heavy lime stone area which could account for the lighter weight . So, any thoughts would be greatly helpful. Thanks in advance. Joe
  4. I found this while rock hounding in the desert of west Texas. Specifically out of the Del Rio, Texas Area. It is the Del Rio Formation, Cretaceous Epoch. For some reason, I could only attache one picture. So sorry about that. Any help with identification would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, joe
  5. Mast08

    Need help, fossil i.d.

    I found this in the Nevada desert a couple of months ago, I think that its petified wood but I would like a second opinion
  6. This was found in North Phoenix sandy wash area after rainfall, near another fossil that looked like teeth, but the structure seems to have a star like pattern in the center of the rectangular seam.
  7. MrBones

    Gazelle leg bone?

    Hello, I found this fossil today. It was scattered into a few pieces, but I managed to collect most of them, and glue them together. It is one of the most complete fossils I have. It is Miocene in age and was found in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates). My guess is that it's some sort of leg bone of either a gazelle or a jackal.
  8. Found this on a hike near Jacob Hamlin Arch. Wish I had something next to it for scale, but it was sticking out around 20-26cm and about as round as a large loaf of french bread.
  9. davidsf

    Crocodile Egg or Sea Urchin?

    During a trip to Egypt I found this potential fossil near the city of Aswan between the banks of the Nile River and Sahara Desert. I had thought it might have been a meteor and the sand fused around the meteor due to the Intense heat. But, I tested it with a magnet but there was absolutely no attraction. Therefore, I thought it might be a fossil given that I read about many fossils being discovered in the Sahara and the composition does appear to be any rock or stone that I've ever encountered. I assumed crocodile due to the spiky and bumpy texture, along with the historic prevalence of crocod
  10. Hello, I have been finding all sorts of neat rocks and marine fossils in the desert outside of Yuma, Arizona where the Colorado river had once flowed into a large ocean. Are these fossilized coral or sponges? I would appreciate an ID on the specimens, or speculations as to what they are? Thank you.
  11. Jen Marie

    Worm Creature from Arizona Desert

    Hello, I have been finding all sorts of neat rocks and marine fossils in the desert outside of Yuma, Arizona where the Colorado river had once flowed into a large ocean. There seems to be some sort of worm creature fossilized in this stone? I would appreciate an ID on the specimen, or speculation as to what it is? Thank you.
  12. Jung, P., Baumann, K., et al. (2020). Desert breath—How fog promotes a novel type of soil biocenosis, forming the coastal Atacama Desert’s living skin. Geobiology 18:113–124. PDF Of interest to those who study/like to know more about: - the varied ways in which Earth's biota influences/can influence the surface of our planet - exobiology - Precambrian geology - soil formation and preservation - the interaction between edaphic (geomorphology,precipitation)factors and microbiota - geomorphology - the global carbon and nitrogen cycle - ecosy
  13. Tidgy's Dad

    Merzouga - Sahara - Morocco

    Day One ; Locality Five Sahara Desert 19th February 2019 An advert for Erfoud, the fossil capital of Morocco. But no time today, the sun is setting. "Tomorrow", Anouar promises me. And then suddenly we are out of the mountains and on the fringes of the mighty Sahara Desert, the largest hot desert in the world. (Antarctica and the Arctic are bigger, but cold deserts) Many think of the Sahara as being sand, but actually, only a fraction of it is composed of the ergs (sand and sand dunes), most of the desert is hamada - rock desert. It is often fossili
  14. olorotitan

    Petrified wood from California?

    I was wondering if anyone could confirm that these two stones are indeed petrified wood. I picked them up while camping west of the Salton Sea in southern california. There's 2 pieces for consideration: both were found in the same general area, a year apart. They feel like solid rock but show pores and prints that make me think it's petrified wood. If it is, would anyone want to guess family or age? Thanks in advance! Front Back Top
  15. Hello everyone I’m new to this forum. My name is Tom, I’ve been collecting crystal rocks and fossils from the dessert area of Egypt, Sinai & southern Israel since the 1990’s. The one pictured here was recovered long time ago, It was 80 meters into the ground while digging in Granit rocks (construction in the middle of the desert..) I don’t know much about this and would love to to hear from the experts. I have so many fossils that I don’t know anything about, I’m planning to sell some to fund my college 2nd degree, so any info will be grea
  16. Dear colleagues I found this strange small thin disk on the surface of the sand in the desert in Giza, Egypt (just outside Cairo). It's very thin and has concentric lines, each line being made up of small dots. I can't find anything like it on various fossil sites that I looked at. It's only 2.5cm (one inch) in diameter and very thin. Many thanks to anyone who has the time to reply, even if it's just speculation (it's fun guessing too !)
  17. Joe Salande

    Sea Shell

    Greetings Guys! I found this many years ago while on vacation in San Antonio Texas. I am quite the newbie relative to collecting and identifying fossils so some assistance would be greatly appreciated. I have tried to do some research on my own instead of jumping right on here with questions, but am stumped at this point. Below is what I think at this point. It was found in the hill country of midwest Texas out of San Antonio. I really don't know how to date it by periods of time, or the other definitions, but any help would be greatly appreciated. And sorry
  18. Any chance someone knows what these are? They are most probably Holocene-aged (last 12,000 years). They come from a dry playa lake setting (inland) in India - the Thar Desert. Size is about 1mm wide, and 1.5+mm long... there is a funny raised hollow insert. Would love to get some tips!
  19. Louella D

    Help two unknown fossils?

    Newbie here. I found these two fossils in my backyard in Pahrump, Nevada. One appears to be a crinoid, but I don't know what the other one is. Is it even a fossil? This is the high desert area 65 miles west of Las Vegas. Can anyone help me please?
  20. AFBoneGuy

    Saudi Arabia Fossil Website

    A good fossil website for those who happen to find themselves in the desert of Saudi Arabia (Me) and get the urge to hunt. http://afghan-arabiawild.com/Saudi Arabian Fossils Homepage.htm
  21. These first two fossils I picked up while hiking mountains in the negev desert in Israel. I think one of them is a sea shell with a barnacle on it. I'm not sure about the other tubular one. The final one is what I believe is some sort of mako.
  22. Would love help identifying which species this bone belongs to- I think its a cuneiform bone but of what mammal?
  23. A Sonora desert museum dedicated to extant creatures of this desert, but having a mineral and fossil collection...some photos included, apologies about the flash flare on some of these images...
  24. nikkisixx

    Piles of Tree Looking Rocks

    Not at all sure what I'm looking at, but we're at my father-in-law's property in Arizona desertnear the river and we found lots of piles of rocks around that look like tree bark to me. Any help? EDIT: THIS IS THE LARGER ROCK THE SECOND PIC IS A DIFFERENT ROCK. For ID purposes I will label the large one Rock A and the smaller one Rock B. This is a pic of Rock A here:
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