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  1. Trading Echinoids

    Hello. I am looking to trade some of my echinoids with anyone who is happy to trade with me. Is anyone interested? Thanks, Stan
  2. Beach stroll

    I went on a walk to see the aboriginal middens on Fossil Beach along the Mornington Peninsula and then just kept walking, stopping to look about the rocks. These are some thing I found on beach and poking out of the cliffs
  3. Hello, I am traveling to the Waco and Austin Texas areas and was wondering if there are any easy to get to sites for echinoids and ammonites? Thanks, Dan
  4. Years ago my wife and I hunted the Arner Ranch in NE for Oligocene vert material. The trip was led by Frank Garcia, and a number of collectors that came with him were from FL. I cultivated some new friendships on that trip, and one was a gentleman named Rob. Having collected previously with some of the same guys, Rob and I became fast friends. Last year I guided/pointed Rob around Texas for 2 weeks. His trip was well timed in the aftermath of massive statewide flooding, and he went home with huge amounts of varied material. His truck was literally sagging in the rear end on the way home. One hand washes the other in this business. My trip to FL was perfectly timed to capitalize on seasonally dry conditions, leave Valentine's Day alone, and beat the crush of Spring Break. The last week of Feb resulted in optimal conditions. I drove not only to haul finds home, but also to deliver ammonites to my hosts without the hassle of airlines. Anyway, Rob has some honey holes on the Peace River, and we hit several. The first put us on a collision course with varied Pleistocene material, including mammoth. A sampling is shown below. We grabbed busted Megs, and good examples of Hemipristis, mako, bull, sand tiger, tiger, and lemon sharks, glyptodont, Holmesina, llama, horse, turtle, whale, gator etc.
  5. Guiding in the Glen Rose Fm

    I had the distinct honor of guiding Jim Cox (jgcox) and his wife Kim yesterday as they toured Texas for family and fossils. The Glen Rose marine exposures north of San Antonio would have benefitted from rain to wash away the scratchings of other enthusiasts, but with a little diligence, we were able to assemble a burgeoning sack of goodies for their personal collection. We all found targeted Leptosalenia texana echinoids, and it was fun to be within feet when they each found their first. Jim's first one shown below. Jim is a Viet Nam vet and Purple Heart recipient, so helping him find some cool fossils is one small thing I can do to express gratitude.
  6. Different echinoids from Spain,Morroco,Serbia,France,Portugal for trade complete! In return Im looking only one nice fossil for my showcase. There is also posible to get more echinoids.
  7. Different clypeaster from south of Europe (miocene)
  8. Hungary-Mecsek- miocen

    Hi! Is there any collector from south of Hungary who collect fossils around Pecs or in Mecsek area? My interest are miocene places from this area. Thanks.
  9. Hello again! Surprsingly, there's a part 2 to our fossil hunting! This is just as much a surprises for us than for you. Yesterday we went to visit some beaches recommended by the reception. The first one we went to was Benagil. This beach is famous for its huge cliffs, and especially for a special cave only accessible by boat. Unfortunately there was no boat to take us, so we just rested on the beach. That's when I noticed that the cliffs were exactly like those that we saw at Oura (see previous post on the Formação dos Olhos de Ãgua), so I started to look for fossils. And of course, there were plenty! Unfortunately I still didn't have a hammer, as I didn't know we would go fossil hunting again, but I found another way to carve out the fossils from the cliffs. I took a piece of a big (modern) Pectens (scallop), which was shaped like a knife, and scratched around the fossils I saw to carve them out. I was surprised by the softness of the matrix around them: it easily went away with the "knife". As you can see in this picture, there were some recent landslides that occurred. No wonder there's a "Warning: Rock Falling!" sign!
  10. Hello dear fossil-hunters! So here is the report that a few of you have been waiting for: my trip to the Formação dos Olhos de Ãgua! So after a nice breakfast in the sun, we took the car from Vale do Lobo to Albufeira, another coastal city in the Algarve of Portugal. After just a bit of searching, we found a good parking spot for our car. We walked down towards the beach, Praia de Oura, and were amazed by the magnificent view.
  11. Hello! I'm back after a long posting absence and I would like to share my recent finds with you (December was a very "fossiliferous" month for me). My new fantastic collecting spot is located near Vila Nova de Ourém. However I can't tell you precisely the age of the layers (even after a very exaustive research).That's why I would like to ask for specific paleobiological/stratigraphic documentation or information about this region. I collected fossils from two layers and I noticed the fauna was quite different, so I suppose they are not the same age. As I don't know their age, I will call them "Layer1" and "Layer2" (wich was stratigraphically above "Layer1"). Layer1 (Jurassic or Cretaceous) In this layer I found lots of oysters, the most abundant fossil. I also found: -Crocodylomorph tooth (???)
  12. I finished my book and placed a order with my printer. I will have copies in my hand Nov 8th, 2016. Fossil Echinoids of Texas A Monograph of Fossil Sea Urchins William R. Thompson, Jr. www.echinoids.com bill@echinoids.com 432 pages over 99,000 words 237 species of Texas echinoids 1294 Color Photos 100 Existing Type specimens 46 New species and 1 new genus. This work aspires to be as thorough and detailed as possible with photos included for all species. All were photographed in high resolution color, with regular echinoids from the adoral, aboral, lateral ambulacral, and lateral interambulacral views. Irregular echinoids were photographed in adoral, aboral, lateral, anterior, and posterior views. In most cases, a single specimen is used to illustrate each species. One hundred of the specimens photographed were type specimens from the University of Texas Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab, Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science and the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian). Where types were unavailable, representative specimens were used from both institutions and private collections. Two specimens were contributed by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Four of the representative specimens are from the Akers Collection which is currently owned by Chris Garvie. Many specimens are from the Frank Crane Collection which is currently owned by his son Dr. Stephen Crane. The remaining species are from private collections of William R. Thompson, Jr., Ed Elliott, Chris Garvie, Ron Root, Terry Stephenson, John Hinte, Mike K. Smith, Danny Harlow, James Costabile, Dave Hayward, Paul Hammerschmidt, Linda Farish, Dr. Stephen Crane, Frank Holterhoff, and Raul & Carlos González of the website erizosfosiles.jimdo.com. Each species is described in detail. If the original description was available, that text was included and credited. Descriptions which are protected by copyright laws or not available were not included in this publication. Instead, those species' descriptions and the new species' descriptions are the author's. CONTENTS: Dedication by Dr. Stephen L. Crane, Dallas Foreword by George Phillips, Paleontology Curator of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Jackson, Mississippi New taxa list History on Research of Texas Echinoids Stratigraphic Occurrence Charts by Series, Group, and Formation Geological Time Scales Descriptions Photo Plates Echinoids of Texas Front Cover 10-7-16.pdf
  13. Ft Worth area fossils

    Hi, I will be in Ft worth for a week & can fossil hunt & collect on the weekend 10/8 & 10/9. I've never found an echinoid, trilobite or a ammonite & would like to collect whatever I can . My current plan is to try Jacksboro, Ladonia, & Mineral Wells. I figure lake Texoma is a no go without a boat. I have Matthews' guide & understand any construction site with limestone is a possibility after seeking permission. I'm open to suggestions & would appreciate any other recommendations. thanks
  14. In August, I received an invitation to join a group to hunt fossils and minerals at a cement quarry in Midlothian, Texas on September 10th. It was my very first field trip with a group, and I was extremely excited. I put my dad and my ten-year-old daughter on the list as well, and we figured we'd make a weekend of it. I had to be back on Sunday morning, so we figured we'd leave early Friday morning and squeeze two days out of the trip. After all, its a little bit of a drive to get to Midlothian from Kingwood (220 miles), and we would be passing some great sites that my dad had never visited. At 5:30 am, my dad met my daughter and me at our house, and we set out for College Station, Texas at 6:00 am. We arrived just after 8:00 am and headed out to the Whiskey Bridge for some Eocene fossils. We grabbed our gear and began heading down to the river. I glanced behind us and another fossil hunter was following us down (I'm sorry, but I can't remember his name!). We stayed on the south side of the train trestle, while our new friend moved to the north side. We found lots of great specimens, many larger than ones I had found on my previous two trips. I found two nearly complete Conus sauridens, which I have never had the fortune of finding. My only other specimen was just a fragment. The Conus specimens are below. The scale is in centimeters (as they will all be in this post). I also stumbled across some very large corals that I had never seen before . I believe that they are Balanophyllia desmophylum. My daughter managed to find a shark tooth as well. I'm not sure of the type. The root is missing, as well as the tip, but she was excited to find the first shark tooth of the trip, and her first shark tooth ever! After about an hour and a half of looking, I went over to see how our friend was doing. I showed him my two Conus specimens, and he said that he had found some as well. He reached into his bucket and pulled out a one gallon zip-lock bag with 10 or 12 HUGE Conus specimens. He had hit the jackpot, and piece after piece were coming out of the hillside. I congratulated him and told him where we were headed next, the Waco Research Pit. He had never been there and was interested. He told me he might meet us there. In fact, he told me he was an amateur fossil hunter who had just recently gotten back into the hobby, and he was looking around for possible sites where he could bring his kids. We also found out that he lives less than ten minutes from my dad. It's a small world! I really wish I could remember his name! We left the bridge and drove to Waco. After lunch at one of the amazing food trucks in town (we had the barbeque!) we headed out to the pit. It was hot in town, but we had seen nothing yet. We arrived at Army Corps of Engineers Office and signed in. As we were filling out the paperwork, in walked our friend from the Whiskey Bridge. He said he couldn't pass it up! We drove back to the site and trekked down the trail to the pit. There were few clouds and a very intermittent breeze. The heat was oppressive; the temperature had to be in the upper 90s. And they gray marl of the pit reflected the heat back up from the ground as well. My daughter lost interest very quickly, and found a small shady spot under one of the sparse cedars in the pit. Me and my dad braved the heat for several hours, as did our friend. We managed some very interesting finds. My favorite was a large shark tooth that I found, just gleaming in the afternoon sun. It was, in fact, the first shark tooth I have ever found in my fossil hunting experiences. The tooth, along with two smaller ones is below. We also found some echinoids parts and a spine... ...and, of course, the very common (at least in the Waco Pit) irregular ammonites, Mariella sp.... ...and regular ammonites, of many kinds... ...a curious coral... ...and finally, some small, but beautiful, Neithea sp. bivalves. Once we finally had all we could take of the heat, we bid farewell to our fossiling friend, who wanted to stay just a bit longer, and headed out of the pit. From Waco, we drove north to Midlothian and checked into a hotel for the night. We were exhausted, but happy with our finds so far. We were also excited about the possibilities of what we might find in the quarry the next morning. At 6:00 am the next morning, I awoke to the sound of rain hitting the window of the hotel. We had a cool front blow through the area overnight, and we were now concerned about the possibility that the quarry tour could be cancelled on account of the rain. Our group leader sent out an email saying that he was going to head that way, but that it might still be cancelled. We arrived a little before 8:00 am, and to our relief, the quarry opened their doors to us. We had about 20-25 people in the group. We were first taken into an area of the Atco Formation with deposits of dark, pebbly stone that was known to contain various types of shark teeth (including Ptychodus, which I really wanted to find), mosasaur bones and teeth, fish, and turtle bones and shell. The quarry had very generously allowed us to stay from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. I made some very interesting finds, including fish and shark vertebrae and some bone material. I also found some shark teeth, but they were all damaged partials. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to find any Ptychodus. Below is some of the material that I found. My daughter stumbled across a very badly damaged, but still very interesting tooth. I'm not sure if it is mosasaur or plesiosaur, or something different altogether. It has a keel or ridge along one side and is rounded on the opposite side. Perhaps someone might be able to help identify it... My most interesting find in the quarry was a strange flat specimen, covered in pores, with a concave side and a convex side. I found it weathered out on the surface of a black piece of crumbled stone. The exposed side was bleached white by the sun. The underside, still in contact with the stone was black. As I picked it up, it began to crumble, much as the boulder was doing. I gathered all of the pieces I could find and brought it home, where, with the help of some cyanoacrylate glue, I put the jigsaw puzzle back together again, as best as I could. The complete specimen is below. The first is the sun-exposed, concave side. Notice the unusual shape. The two "lumps" on the left side of the image above, and then the curve outward at the top. I can only guess that the opposite side had a similar curve, but this portion is missing. The reverse side is below. It is much darker, having been against the dark rock matrix... The darker portions on the surface outline a convex bulge in the middle of the piece. Also, notice the "porosity" of the specimen. This is more visible in the next two pictures. Continued below...
  15. My first time back hunting since surgery. I'm not 100 % yet but I had a good morning hunt in Tarrant County TX. It was my first time hunting a different location besides NSR so it was fun. I found a nice variety of Spiral (Mariella) Ammonites, Echinoids and Nautilus. I had to leave the huge ammonite My hammer was no match. :/
  16. Bay Area Pitstop

    In the Bay Area working this week. Was in the city this morning then headed to San Jose in the afternoon. Once I wrapped up work, I decided to take the long route back to my B&B in Half Moon Bay and took 17 through Santa Cruz. Read about a spot on the forum and decided to check it out. As was mentioned in the forum it is posted but I decided to keep my feet on the road and see what the sand had sent down to road level. The area is packed with broken Echinoid peices and I was fortunate enough to find two complete along with several fragments. You could see further up the cliff tons waiting to be picked out but being business casual and of course not wanting to intrude on private property, I took my road finds and headed out. Looking forward to getting back to Dallas and seeing if they will clean up.
  17. Pit stop in Central Texas

    Had to work a couple of days in San Antonio and decided to take my time getting back to Dallas. I am not in that area near as often as I was a couple of years ago so I need to take advantage of any time passing through. Found an exposure behind a parking lot that looked promising and went to work. My main objective was to find something new. There was an abundance of shells and gastropods but my objective was urchins. It was 103 degrees out so I planned on only staying for an hour if I could handle that. I was rewarded with a single Echinoid. I believe it is Loriolia?? The heat got to me quick and I moved on but I think it is a nice one.
  18. Heart urchins

    From the album Grayson Co. Texas finds

    Various urchins that I have found. Grayson co. Texas found in a creek that runs right through the middle of town in Denison, Grayson co. Tx. I think that this creek is in the Pawpaw formation, but could be Main Street or Duck Creek?
  19. Echinoids

    From the album Grayson Co. Texas finds

    Bottom of two Urchins were found in a creek that runs in north east Grayson co. Texas. I believe that they are in the Pawpaw formation, but could be Duck creek?
  20. Echinoids

    From the album Grayson Co. Texas finds

    These two Urchins were found in a creek that runs in north east Grayson co. Texas. I believe that they are in the Pawpaw formation, but could be Duck creek?
  21. A new, photo heavy tome covering Cretaceous echinoids of Texas is now available for preorder, and I'm announcing this on behalf of my good friend, author Bill Morgan. In his own words: Coming June 2016 Collector’s Guide to Texas Cretaceous Echinoids provides Texas Cretaceous Echinoid enthusiasts the tools to identify and understand these abundant rich fossils. With much of the scientific literature decades old, Collector's Guide to Texas Cretaceous Echinoids will be of interest to the beginner or advanced collector as well as the new student of invertebrate paleontology who seeks detailed and up-to-date insight into the morphology, classification, and identification of Cretaceous age echinoids. The abundance, quality of preservation, and aesthetic ornamentation of these fossils make them widely sought after by collectors and paleontologists alike. Readers are given a brief description of the climatic events believed responsible for the formation of these marine deposits followed by an introduction to the morphology and biology of echinoids including the unique features which separate regular from irregular forms. Key features: · More than 350 high-quality color photographs, many featuring major profiles of each species · Glossary of key terms; new terms are bolded in text and brief definitions provided in first appearance · Extensive bibliography provided for those seeking deeper research About the Author: William W. Morgan holds a PhD in anatomy and physiology from Indiana University in Bloomington. For forty years he was a neuroscientist and a teacher in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he was a professor from 1981 until his retirement in 2011. Morgan is the author of Collector's Guide to Crawfordsville Crinoids.
  22. Echinoids and Bivalves, Malta

    Hi, I would really appreciate some help with these fossils. They were found in the Lower Coralline Limestone stratum (Miocene) in what is called the Scutella bed (due to the abundance of Scutella subrotunda). I apologize for not including some sort of scale. Thanks
  23. Lake Texoma 10/25/15

    I ate breakfast then arrived at the site around 12. Looked on the hills outside the lake. I found some ammonite fragments and 1 echinoid. Went to the lake and immediately found some oysters and ammonite fragments. Walked for 30 minutes and my mom found some Echinoids. I didn't find any because I was looking at the cliffs. Found a promising ammonite but it turned out not whole. Walked a mile and found some solid limestone and found two ammonites. Could only get one of them out and I took in situ pics of both. Lastly I found some clams and one more ammonite which was out of the ground. Left the lake around 4:40 and got home at 6. Here are my finds.
  24. Dallas Paleontological Society got permission for a group "casual collector" hunt at Lake Texoma from the US Army Corps of Engineers. This was my first Texoma hunt. Here's what I found: An almost-complete Mortoniceras sp. ammonite. I'm getting closer to finding a complete ammonite! A chunk of Mortoniceras sp. ammonite with a piece of the limestone "mold" that it came out of.
  25. Went on my first hunt to Oliver Creek, a REALLY productive ammonite site, thanks to a Dallas Paleo Society field trip. Goodland Formation, 103.4 to 105.4 million years old. Here's the scoop: First, ammonites.