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  1. Hi, I was hoping that someone would be able to tell me if the smaller echinoid is a juvenile Corystus dysasteroides or possibly another species. Both specimens were collected from the Jan Juc marl, late oligocene (Janjukian), Victoria, Australia. Thanks.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. It's been quite a while since I found any echinoids that I haven't found before - that's the problem with being a "sophomore" hunter...I've found all the basic stuff (but am always happy to find a better quality one, of course) but finding something that is not in my collection is getting harder and harder! I am going to have to start ranging further afield to find them.....sounds like time for some road trips! So I was quite happy this month when I made a couple of trips to Austin and managed to find TWO new to me echies! Both are a bit water worn, being tumbled in a creek
  5. Although the Peace River stayed diggable through the end of June this year, I made my last trip on the 20th and was looking forward to the clear spring fed waters of the Santa Fe the following week. Heavy rains in North Florida and Georgia spoiled that plan by sending the Santa Fe to flood stage. I hadn't been to the Yankeetown spoil islands in several months and I always enjoy spending a few hours there. I intended to do a quick surface scan for the smaller less common echinoids, but was primarily looking for limestone cobbles that contained the large sand dollar Periarchus floridanus. This l
  6. I am, admittedly, not much of a creek hunter. I prefer a road cut any day to slogging around in knee deep water and mud to find the fossils. But sometimes you gotta get out of your comfort zone! And it was WELL WORTH IT!!! My friend was kind enough to share one of his local spots - we've had some good rains in Texas recently and he thought it might be producing some more heteromorph ammonites. He has collected some amazing big and well preserved Mariellas there and I have been DYING to find a good one. All that I have found in my local creeks have been so water worn as to be practically unrec
  7. Went back to my little gold mine today and was again amazed by the variety of things found. Previously I thought I was in Eagle Ford, but it is in Woodbine, with ravine that cuts down to Grayson as was explained to me in first post from this local. Everything was dried out except bottom of ravine, from the looks of things I think a natural spring is involved. So found some more Mariella ammonites, one with part of a scallop maybe?, and a Hemiaster, another Texigryphaea with some shell, I believe a little bacculite, an Echnodus tooth?, unknown clams, a Trigonia, and crawling on hands and knees
  8. From the album: Cretaceous

    Catopygus? Partial Echinoid (1/2 inch) Upper Cretaceous Merchantville Formation Matawan Group Matawan, N.J.
  9. Texas has had SO MUCH RAIN in the last month! Mushrooms are growing where there are normally NOT mushrooms growing- but that means it has been a bonanza for fossil hunting, needless to say! If you don't mind the mud..... We have had some epic storms, too. 2+ inch hail, crazy lightning, a few tornado scares and amazing clouds. Hail from my house...my poor car. (That's a quarter for scale - 25mm) But EVERYTHING is green and the wildflowers are gorgeous this year! Havn't found anything NEW, but did a couple of nicer examples, which a
  10. I've driven by this field for years with a big ravine in the distance and decided to check it out since it wasn't fenced or posted and glad I did. The ravine was a good 30-40 yards long, probably 10ft+ at deep end and around 5ft wide, as I got closer the dirt changed to grey clay mud with little vegetation, the surface was sandy and rocky. First thing I saw was the large Echinoid, then peices of what I thought were ammonites until I found a more intact one, then I thought Turritella but didn't quite fit. Had a heck of a time trying to ID them and finally ran across Turrilites, I think that's w
  11. Texas Springtime is my favorite - we haven't had much rain, but the weather is....typical Texas. 60 one day and 90 the next. But I find my tolerance for random temperatures is way better when I am out fossil hunting! So here are some finds from recent excursions. Plus a few shots along the way..... Some local Longhorns. As I head out of my neighborhood, these critters are sometimes out enjoying the Texas sunshine The fossiling started with a nice trip out with Erich Rose to a Glen Rose spot - first thing I spot is something i've never found in our Central Texas f
  12. ClearLake

    North Florida Fun!

    My wife and I returned from a great trip to north Florida about a week and a half ago, but I finally have time to post a trip report now that our Easter visitors (our kids) have left and headed back to their homes. Fair warning, if you are looking for some great tale of finds on the Peace River, this is not the post for you! Probably one of the few posts on the Forum from a trip to Florida that does NOT include the Peace –. This was not solely a fossil trip, but rather a sight-seeing trip with some fossils stops included, I try to include as many stops as possible but it is always a delica
  13. Today I stopped at home to grab something for work and I found a box waiting for me. It was a box that contained the winnings of the recent auction that John @Sacha put up to benefit the forum. I absolutely love everything that was included in this package. John has gotten me into a love of echinoids and Florida coral. I even have gone through my collection of Fossils and picked out all of the other echinoids that I have acquired over the years, and now I’m going to place them all into one area. The fossils that I received from John will always remain in my collection, and I was
  14. historianmichael

    Fossil Road Trip - Georgia, Texas

    Both my brother and I celebrated graduations this year - my brother graduated from college and I graduated from law school. In celebration of our graduations, we decided to take a 13-day road trip to see some of the United States after I had taken the bar exam but before I began work. Our journey ultimately took us through Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Dayton and Pittsburgh, before returning home. Our days were jam-packed, with us often not arriving at a hotel until 9/10pm, but along the way we did find some time to make a few quick stops to coll
  15. erose

    Undescribed Leptosalenia? sp.

    From the album: Texas Echinoids, ERose

    Found in the Lower Member, Glen Rose Formation, Trinity Group (Albian) Comal County, Texas. This relatively large Leptosalenia has very straight ambulacra and a large number of interambulacral tubercles. I know of approximtely 5-6 specimens collected from three locations.
  16. Today was supposed to be a day of grinding away at my piles of homework that have been accumulating over the course of last week (hey, I was on vacation what can I say)...and I was almost successful, save until 3 pm rolled around. Getting a little stir crazy, and in desperate need of the fossil hunting fix that I missed out on over the course of my week long vacation + the week of snow we had prior, I set out to take a "small walk" to an area of a creek I hadn't scouted before. My intention was just to do a little bit of reconnaissance - I saw on a geologic map that this particular
  17. I said that I would send some images of the material I found on my fall pilgrimage. But about 2 weeks later I was laid low with both COVID19 and influenza A. I just got out of the hospital yesterday after 21 days (with 8 in the ICU). But I've got a couple of questions about some material I found, including a sweet Nautiloid from the Finis shale. Stay tuned I'll be back.
  18. Icy? Well, compared to some areas in the US or Moscow, it had only a few degrees below zero (Celsius) last Sunday. The nights had about -10°C, the days about -2°C. This period lastet from last Friday to Monday. No snow at all and very, very dry air. The last two days we had about 0°C during the night and +10°C maximum during the day. Still very dry. So without any snow and clear, but "cold" weather, I checked out a few Miocene sites around St. Josef in western Styria, Austria. I have made a detailed report about the area more then a year ago here: Rocks and fossils wer
  19. MrBones

    Echinoid in rough shape

    Hello, I found this echinoid the other day, and I was hoping to clean it up. Unfortunately, it's in bad shape. This is the only one I have of this type, so I would like to make it presentable. I found it on Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, UAE (United Arab Emirates). The fossil appears to be covered in calcite, plus the rock there is mainly made up of limestone. I heard that the "vinegar bath" isn't such a good idea, what else can I do?
  20. Has anyone purchased Bill Thompson's addendum to his Echinoids of Texas? If so what did you think?
  21. Well, I have to say, not having a full time job due to this pandemic has been extra good for my fossil hunting! I may not be making much of a living, but I'm living it up finding fossils! Fortunately, as someone pointed out to me recently "it seems like Texas is paved in fossils". While this may not be 100% accurate....it's pretty close! Within a gas tanks drive I am lucky to have MANY MANY fossil hunting spots available to me. And when November rolls around (honestly, the nicest month in Texas- mild temps and no Cedar Fever Allergies to contend with) I try to get out as much as possible. And
  22. I have 6 weeks of sabbatical starting in Jan. I booked pre-Covid and was due to explore SE Asia. Rather than rebooking, I decided to go fossil hunting instead, and now I am having a great time planning how to explore the fossils of Florida. I live on Amelia Island, and will dedicate some time to really scouting the local area for some sites that look like they have fossil potential (based upon Google Earth and old PDFs) because it'd be really awesome to have some more local spots to hunt. In addition, I am planning a loop around Florida, from Amelia Island to: Gaines
  23. Hi there folks, I need help and advices on how to prep some echinoids that I have found on calcarenite matrix. I am new in fossil prep plus I know these kind of calcarenites are very sneaky to treat. In the picture below there is a Scutella subrotundae before and after a quick prep-test I did with a couple of nails. The problem now is to take away the sand grains very close to the shell. Which technique should I try to follow now? I am thinking to the digestion in cold acetic acid, which I know it is used to extract microfossils from limestones and calcarenites, but I do not know i
  24. Hey TFF Members! Cris and I were able to get out and do some super fun Echinoid hunting earlier this week! We were able to find some very nice specimens from the Eocene. If anyone has an ID on the big thick one I found in the video, please let me know! We got stuck in some nasty storms on this trip, but were also lucky enough to see a stunning rainbow! It was a great trip. Check out the vid if you get a chance!
  25. Chuck W

    Fall fossils in TX

    Hello all, My since we just went through Hurricane Sally, my wife said I need to get out and go collecting. Who am I to argue! So I'm planning a trip to north Texas to collect. I would appreciate and help from y'all to point me in the right direction. I have been to Lake Texoma and the Jacksboro once, briefly, in the past and really had a great time there. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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