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  1. I was in the area, so I made a very brief stop by the HMNS. I'll state up-front that this will be extremely dino-centric. What I saw was really great, they have a chronologically-organized display of animals from stromatolites to humans (I only made it to the Cretaceous). The lighting is very dramatic, so seeing it in person is much better than the dark photos portray (I did edit a few of them to enhance visibility). Lots of dynamic posing which is nice compared to other museums. Also, most specimens aren't behind glass, and you can get really close. I believe most of the skeleton
  2. Hello! Im new to the Houston area Moved down from Virginia Beach, where fossilized shark, stingray teeth are common. Decided to walk along local creek found lots of interesting old bottles, pottery fragments, fossilized wood and shells, eventually came along three large fossilized bone fragments and one interesting partial fossil. The only fossils I’m familiar with are the shark teeth exc. common to my area help identifying these and knowledge on other common local fossils is much appreciated.
  3. darrow

    Hesperotestudo epiplastron?

    Collected this about a week ago on a gravel bar in a local river near Houston that is mostly late Pleistocene material. I've labeled it Hespertestudo crassiscutata based on the size. Can someone confirm this is the left epiplastron? Thanks, Darrow
  4. Further

    Fossil bone or petrified wood?

    Hello, complete newbie here posting though I have been lurking for some time. I found the pictured today in the San Jacinto riverbed north of Houston. This river is known to have a great deal of petrified wood everywhere, and I've found a lot of it in many odd forms. Other than a baby mammoth tooth I was fortunate enough to find while camping years ago, I have not yet found any fossilized bone. I was wondering if this is bone(feels as weighty as a mineral would) or petrified wood. If bone, I assume it is too deteriorated to tell possible species, I would more be interesrted in knowing that it
  5. nathansaurus

    Fossil ID helped needed!!

    Hello guys! Nathan here. I have a few fossils I would like to get y'all opinions about what they are or if there even fossils! Here is one rock I found outside my house in Houston Texas.
  6. GPayton

    Turtle Nuchal Bone

    Found on the Brazos River just southwest of Houston. I'm fairly confident that this is a nuchal bone, but I my real interest lies in identifying what species of turtle it is from. I seem to remember reading a post on here mentioning that nucal bones are diagnostic to taxon, so that should make it easy. Unfortunately, I can't find anything anywhere about different Texas Pleistocene turtle species. Hopefully someone here is more knowledgable than me! I would appreciate any suggestions.
  7. GPayton

    Pleistocene Tooth

    Found on the Brazos River just west of Richmond, Texas. My best guess is Equus sp. judging by how flat it is, but any confirmations or other suggestions are welcome. Unfortunately the occlusal surface is extremely worn down, so identification may be difficult. If anyone knows exactly what tooth it is (such as location in the mouth) that would be very helpful too. Thanks for looking!
  8. GPayton

    Texas Pleistocene Rib Bones

    I was searching the gravel bars in the Brazos River just southeast of Houston almost every day last week before the storm hit this weekend. Now the water's too high to look, but I found a pretty good assortment of fossilized Pleistocene aged bones during my trips. Most of what I've found have been fragments that are totally unidentifiable, but a handful still have some significant features that could lead to an ID. These two are both rib bones, but that's about all I know. The first one I initially thought was from a modern cow due to how clean it was, but after picking it up it was clear
  9. I've been searching the gravel bars in the Brazos almost every day this week while the water is still low enough to get down there, and I've collected a pretty good assortment of fossilized bones. Most of what I've found have been fragments that are totally unidentifiable, but a handful still have some significant features that could lead to an ID. There's too many pictures to post all at once, so I'll reply a couple times with more. Thanks for the help! This first find is definitely a tooth and is the only piece I have that isn't from the Brazos, instead I picked it up on a trip to one
  10. Hi all, this is my first time posting so please be gentle. I found this in my back yard and I am just looking for help with an ID. In Katy Texas, just west of Houston. It's small, less than 2" total but the fragment is around 1 inch. It's in a sandstone matrix (a couple of geologists told me it is "young" sandstone, whatever that means). I am new to Texas and not familiar with the history here. Based on Googling, it looks to me like maybe a Pleistocene-era alligator claw or possibly snapping turtle claw. It does not look like a tooth, alligator or otherwise. it has a groove running down the si
  11. GPayton

    Brazos River Bison/Horse Jaw

    Found these two teeth still attached to a segment of jawbone on the Brazos River just southwest of Houston today. They're definitely mineralized, so I believe I can rule out ordinary cows. However, after doing some research online the teeth seem to be much too flat to be bison, so maybe horse? They both look like molars, although one of the roots is broken off of the first tooth - I honestly have no idea how it managed to hang on for so long. Either way, I was incredibly excited to find this, especially after braving the 90 degree plus heat for several hours without sunscreen. Any help on an I
  12. Another find today from the Brazos River just southwest of Houston. The grooves on top of this piece look very similar to pictures of mammoth teeth that I have seen before, but it is obviously far too small to be a full tooth or even half of one. Is it just a fragment? And is it even really a mammoth tooth? If it's a pseudofossil after all, it's a darn convincing one. It's definitely mineralized and has a crystal-like sheen with slight sparkles here and there when it catches the light. Any help on an ID would be great!
  13. hndmarshall

    odd pebble

    at first glance this small stone looks to have an impression in it the thing is the stone is smooth to the touch I found this stone in the drive did not have a ruler with me or a coin so you may have to judge its size by my finger found in driveway gravel from Brazos river west of Houston Texas.
  14. Dhart295

    Fossil or Not

    Found this in my yard while digging. Is this a fossil?
  15. hndmarshall

    weird stone

    found this weird stone in a gravel load from the Brazos river west of Houston Texas
  16. hndmarshall

    micro bone and claw?

    found in gravel from Brazos river here in west Houston it appears to be a very tiny claw but will let the more experienced determine also there is what appears to be a small bone also took a pic of it with micro scope camera. I guess another possibility could be a tiny tooth?
  17. hndmarshall

    possible coprolite

    found this tiny odd thing could this be the feces of a turtle poo or is it an odd concretion?
  18. hndmarshall

    fossil?

    found this in a gravel load from the Brazos river west of Houston Any ideas on what it is?...thank you in advance
  19. hndmarshall

    Glyptodon fossil or the like?

    ok found this but never took a really good look at it but upon looking at it a bit closer today I found it really resemble a Glyptodon scute. my question is is this what it looks like or is it another bust? If this is what it looks like that would be a cool find. it is 2 inches across and an inch and a quarter thick found in a gravel load west of Houston Texas from the Brazos River
  20. thinking these may be a pair of really worn starfish impressions not sure I caught the right light to see the impressions though found in gravel load from West of Houston Texas from Brazos River.
  21. hndmarshall

    are these blastoids???

    first item first three photos second item next three I can see they are not the same type but what are they? found in gravel load west of Houston Texas from Brazos River
  22. hndmarshall

    is this a clam cast???

    While I was out cracking that last rock I found this in the drive is this a clam cast??? found in my drive from a gravel load west oh Houston Texas from Brazos river
  23. hndmarshall

    any ideas?

    not sure what this is or if its even a fossil ... it actually looks like a dried up turd but it actually is stone I will be posting these pics of it dry, well mostly . I will then post a set of pics of it wet. Then I will post close ups of certain points on it. It was found in a gravel pile from the Brazos River west of Houston Tx. measures just shy of 4 inches long and one and a half inch wide.
  24. hndmarshall

    worm?? or???

    found this small stone with what seems to be a worm on it ... is there such thing as a worm fossil? I have heard of worm castings but this is different. the last three pics are a closer view. gravel load from brazos river west of houston texas
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