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HeyFromOwatonna posted a topic in Questions & AnswersHey members, guests, novices and experts— Mr & I are planning to hunt (agates for him & fossils for me) in South Dakota within the next month. We spent two days at the Fairburn agate beds north of French Creek campground in Buffalo Gap National Grassland last August and brought home 100+ lbs of what we thought were Fairburn agates. Noobs! Nearly every one was just a basic prairie agate; however, we're ready to try again and hopefully get it right-er this time. If at first you don't succeed, then return with a bigger rock hammer. Am I right?! But I'll be on the hunt for fossils.
My in-laws purchased the fossil below as a gift for my birthday. They have no knowledge of fossils and told me they picked it up at a trade show. They did ask the vendor about the fossil but they knew nothing about it. I suspect it is either fake or touched up in some way. Something just doesn't look right about it and I have little to no knowledge of fossils like this. The area around the bones appears to be filled in with something. I do know the matrix does not look like Green River formation so maybe if it is real somebody can recognize the surrounding rock. The fish is 10 cm total length