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  1. Being a Colorado native, I have taken multiple trips to the public-access Florissant Fossil Quarry located near Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant, Teller County, Colorado. This quarry provides fossil collectors fantastic access to the shale layers of the Florissant Formation, a late Eocene (Priabonian, ~34 million years old give or take) lagerstatte known for its diverse fauna of fossil insects, in addition to plants, gastropods, and very rarely vertebrates. Most fossils occur in very thinly laminated ashy grey shales. Other lithologies present include well-sorted tan cour
  2. Crusty_Crab

    Eocene Green River Formation Unknown

    This is from the Eocene Parachute Creek Member of the Green River Formation in Utah. Any suggestions or anyone know if anything similar has been found?
  3. Here is a 25 minute video of me starting out with 5 crab concretions from Washington. Some make it to the end and some get tossed aside. One turned out exceptionally nice! Watch and enjoy. RB https://youtu.be/mRsZmLFTNAk
  4. Hey folks! Need some help with 4 gastropods. Age: Eocene, Priabonian Location: Bulgaria, Black Sea Super family : Stromboidea I have already asked on a facebook page about gastropods, received some constructive comments. I will publicise my original inquire and some comments I received. The first one (photos 1-3) I believe it is Oostrombus auricularius, after a friend guided me that it looks Stromboidea family. The second one (photos 4-6) must be Stromboidea as well, but cannot find a closer match. If you notice, the cone protrudes more
  5. First of all - sorry for bad and rude language)) So, I need some help with identification of this teeth. All was found in Russia, Trans-Urals region, in a few different rivers: Belyakova, Sugatka and Derney. There must be Eocene period, probably lutet or barton layer, but I can't be sure, because there is no bedrock, only fossils that river stream brings. Sometimes me and other people found there more old fossils, back to cretaceous even. I showed this photo to few reptile specialists from Saint Petersburg, but they sure that is no crocodile teeth, and insist that is a fish teeth. But i have f
  6. sharktoothboy

    Big New Jersey Auriculatus

    A few days ago I took a trip to an Eocene/Miocene site in New Jersey with a friend. It was going be a quick trip so we weren't expecting very much. Not long after we started digging my friend scored a nearly complete Otodus aksuaticus. A little while later when I lifted my shovel out of the water I saw a big tooth fully exposed on my shovel. I instantly knew it was one of my biggest Otodus auriculatus teeth from NJ. This tooth measures 2 11/16 as it is and would've been over 3 inches if complete. It is my second largest auriculatus tooth from New Jersey. Despite not expecting too much, this tr
  7. oilshale

    Rhynchaeites messelensis Wittich 1898

    Prepped by transfer method (Toombs, Harry & Rixon, A.E. (1950). "The use of plastics in the "transfer method" of preparing fossils". The museums journal. 50: 105–107.) Taxonomy from Fossilworks.org. Since the holotype is apparently lost, a neotype was established by PETERS in 1983. This specimen is a paratype in the publication by PETERS 1983. Mayr 2002, p. 502: "In the original description, WITTICH (1898) considered R. messelensis to be morphologically closest to the painted snipes (Rostratulidae, Charadriiformes), and HOCH (1980) also erroneously redescribed the species as a
  8. Hello everyone. I'm making my rounds across my different groups and forums, so if anyone has seen these photos before you'll have to suffer through them again. From June through the end of August I locked in on a concentrated area of sand tigers, makos, and my favorite mega-tooth shark: Otodus auriculatus. I didn't find one every trip out, but my most plentiful day gifted me 3, and my last trip out provided me with the largest tooth I have ever recovered from the garden state. I battled minuscule mosquitoes and a horsefly that was every bit horse as it was fly. Despite nature's bes
  9. Jasper12111

    Fossil bone from Selsey formation

    Found this in the selsey formation of lachmoor brook in the new forests, It looks like some kind of bone however is made out of a granular type material. I have had a few opinions however the general consensus is that it is not turtle. Anyone on here have any ideas?
  10. Good evening to my fellow fossil lovers! This report has been on hold for a while, hovering near the top of my paleo-to do list. But to be honest, I haven't been on the forum as much these last few months and I've just sort of kicked the can down the road, pushing it off. Well here we are in August 2022 and I'm a whole year and some change removed from this excursion, but I say better late than never. With that out of the way lets jump into this adventure! I hope you're ready for... The Roadtrip Through Time: Colorado Part I: Pierre Shale In the winter of 2021 I ha
  11. JJT3

    Mammal tooth ID help

    Hi Everyone, looking for some ID help on this tooth. Unfortunately there is no root. It came from a lag layer that contains mostly Miocene and some Eocene materials. Thanks, John
  12. Kasia

    A trip to Oman

    Dear TFF, This year I have visited Oman, which is a nice and super hot country, with spectacular mountains and wadis. The first place that will be of interest to this forum was the Bimmah Sink Hole, which is said to have the underground connection via caves with the nearby sea. There are hundreds of wadis all over the country – and in the part of the country we visited, they are basically the only places with some greenery, as otherwise the country looks like this: or like this:
  13. It is often seen, but no taxonomic information is available. Ask an expert to tell me which bivalve left the most common agate shell. Thank you for your sharing.
  14. Location: Colorado Time: Late Eocene Epoch Formation: Florissant Formation Hello! I had the fortunate opportunity to visit the famous Florissant Fossil Quarry in Colorado and was able to collect some amazing stuff before the rain ended our class fossil hunting ventures. Nevertheless I have at least 3 insects that I was hoping I could ask for identifications on for here! I also added some of my plant fossil finds if anyone can recognize those too it would be great! Found this little fly guy Mosquito? or something else?
  15. BentonlWalters

    Bracklesham Bay Mystery ?Seed/Fruit

    Hello Everyone, I went to Bracklesham Bay for the first time yesterday and despite the sand found several ray plates, shark teeth and gastropods but this find stood out. I'm not sure what it is but I'm hoping it might be a seed or fruit. I know that Nipa fruit are occasionally found there. Each box is 5mm. Hopefully someone can let me know what it is. Thank you, Benton
  16. Mochaccino

    Green River Formation Fish?

    Hello, Is this a Knightia eocaena? It's from the Green River Fm. of Wyoming, USA, and measures ~8.5 cm long. Thanks.
  17. MikeR

    Castle Hayne Coral

    In 2019, @Plax and I explored some exposures of the Castle Hayne Formation near Wilmington, NC. At one site I found a peculiar fossil coral. I am familiar with the typical Eocene solitary corals such as Flabellum and Endopachys, however this one has me stumped as I cannot identify it to Genus with any of my SE USA Eocene references. I am hoping one of the NC invert collectors out there might recognize it. Size is ~32mm. Thanks Mike
  18. I found this oddity in some middle Eocene strata (stone city formation) in Texas the other day - at first I assumed large, unusual fish spine, but on closer inspection there looks to be worn enamel. I'm not very familiar with the Eocene stuff, but a few searches on my own led me towards it being a Pristis lathami rostral tooth, but I'd rather get a few other opinions before I jump in on it. Here's what I'm basing the Pristis lathami ID off of: Lastly if the ID is indeed Pristis lathami - is this actually a common fossil? The most
  19. Dr. Stephen Godfrey, the Curator of Paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum, has a special interest in bones and coprolites with bite marks. I recently found the below fish coprolite (20 mm length) with bite marks in the Eocene, Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia and donated it to the Calvert Marine Museum. Some bite marks are infilled with Pyrite. It is by far the nicest example of a fish coprolite with bite marks that I’ve seen from the Eocene, Nanjemoy Formation of Virginia (I’ve collected over 50,000 fish coprolites (shark, ray and bony fish) from the Nanjemoy Formation over the last 25
  20. In the summer of 2020 jpc and I had planned to get together in Eastern Wyoming to collect. That trip was unfortunately aborted by the coronavirus outbreak that year. This year, that conversation resumed and a new plan for a three day excursion in June emerged. I decided to make it a two week long car trip, driving all the way from New York, a longer car trip than any I've made in the past 25 years. That would afford me the opportunity to stop at some other sites on the way there and back, plus see some family. Another big reason for driving was an opportunity to visit and collect at the Big Ce
  21. Several months ago (February 2022), I completed my donation of a large Pristis sp. spine to the New Jersey State Museum (NJSM) in Trenton, NJ. I collected this specimen from the Eocene and Miocene deposits of New Jersey some months earlier. Rodrigo Pellegrini and co. were excited to receive the find and display it in what I believe is an exhibit on the sharks and fishes of the NJ's Eocene and Miocene (I have not confirmed that this exhibit has occurred, nor have I visited the museum recently). Attached below is the find, along with a photo of my other finds from that outing. When
  22. So it's slightly embarrassing to admit this, but after two years on the forum this is (finally) my first trip report. I've been inspired by the amazing trip write-ups that @Jared C has been giving all of us every week and figured that now that I've finally had a week of finds worth writing about this year that it was my turn to try my hand at the same. I'm 21 and still in the thick of college. I'm attending Baylor University as a Geology major right now after having switched majors at the end of my freshman year. I've always had a love for fossils and prehistoric life and for many, many
  23. An inspiring and fascinating article. Michael Daniels found many new species which are in the process of being described. https://blog.nms.ac.uk/2022/08/08/dedicated-collector-michael-daniels-and-his-eocene-birds/?fbclid=IwAR3BPUp_U0r3118lJzCqU4yPecXlCx6U0lD4iVstXpzt92rQOlhGJqF_63g
  24. GarbanzoBean

    Help with fossil Fish ID

    Is this a Knightia? If so, why does it look like squidward? Im only assuming it's from the Green River because I found it in a box with stuff that is definitely from the Green River.
  25. A couple of hours drive from me is an amazing spot to collect Eocene material. It's on the banks of the Brazos River (more properly, the Brazos del Dio River-The Arms of God river! My parents wrote a book on it: Exploring the Brazos: From Beginning to End). I've been to the site a few times, and always find an amazing amount of lovely little shells and such. I had the greatest luck this time though, finding a large shark tooth! I wasn't even aware that you could find shark teeth out there. I had found a cuttlefish prong there on a previous trip which is still one of my all time favorite finds
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