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  1. BerkOlsen

    Possible Fossil Identification

    Hello, A few years ago while driving through Beatty Nevada we stopped to camp on some BLM. We were walking around looking at the scenery and stumbled upon this fossil. It’s not a lot to go on but I’m just looking for some possible identification. Thank you for your help!
  2. Hello together. on a past Holiday I stumbled upon an interesting place at the coast of southern Portugal. On top of the cliffs there was something that looked like desert pavement to me, including ventifacts, not typical for the modern climate of the region, so maybe a re-opened facies? About 2-3 meters below that in a gully we found a lot of coral fragments looking like remnants of a fossil reef. Sadly I did not have a camera with me and can only show you some samples I picked up. Can someone give me an ID for the corals and an age estimate? Geological map shows spots of q
  3. Hi All, so I had heard about fossilized coral located in the Western Arizona desert near the Colorado River. So we went out there and did some rock prospecting ourselves. The location is La Paz, County south of Parker, Arizona. Namely, the terminal moraine-like hills about 10 miles south-east of Parker, Arizona beyond the Colorado River Indian Reservation. We found a ton of very interesting sponge or coral-like rocks on top of these hills. So this is consistent with a few other reports online about this. First, let me describe this location as it’s somewhat fascinating if you p
  4. mr fossil

    Marine Jurrasic fossil

    Hello i found this fossil near Riyadh it is from the Hanifa formation(156million years old)jurrasic. I was in the transition zone between coral limestone and sandy limestone. I think the area I was in was a shallow sandy sea floor. Does anyone know what this may be. thank you so much for your time i appreciate it.
  5. mr fossil

    Jurrasic Tooth?

    I found these fossils along with many corals in the desert not far from Riyadh Saudi arabia the region was jurrasic im not sure what this is could it be some sort of tooth or maybe a balemnite? the second image shows the whole rock if anyone has any idea please tell me thank you so much I appreciate it thank you for your time
  6. Hello i found these two fossil bivalves on opposite sides of the globe the one on the left was found in Montreal Canada and dates back to the late Jurrasic to early Cretaceous and the one on the right was found in the deserts of Riyadh Saudi Arabia and date back yo mid late jurrasic this is really incredible seeing how this species lived all over the earth just wanted to share this please share your thoughts thanks!!
  7. mr fossil

    Fossil wood???

    Hello i found this in the desert when I was looking for marine jurrasic fossils(I found some) and I found this bizarre thing this was found in Riyadh Saudi Arabia so it could be dated to 15000-5000 years ago when Arabia was green can anyone please help me identify it thank you , I appreciate it
  8. mr fossil

    Fossil wood?

    Hello i found this peculiar fossil while looking for late neogene coral fossils(which I found) I’ve fossil hunted in this area for years and haven’t found anything like this so I was thinking maybe this is petrified wood from when Arabia was green 15-4000 years ago what are your thoughts? I would love to know thank you I appreciate it
  9. Rocks n Relics

    Not sure if this is a fossil?

    hello everyone, I'm a newbie here and with fossils and hoping y'all's experience can help me out...I live in Globe, Az and I find some awesome rocks and minerals...however I know nothing about fossils...I found this HUGE rock last year and everyone that see's thinks it might be fossils? I do know the area was underwater "back in the day"...so we have lots of limestone conglomerates that formed. The first picture is of a oval shape something that might be a fossil... it's roughly 4" by 2" width. It has lots of texture to it. The parts I'm asking about that might be bone fo
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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 !)
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