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  1. True Bug

    True bugs are scarce in this deposit. In fact this is the only one I found.
  2. Larvae.JPG

    From the album Green River Formation. Parachute Creek Member

    Larvae from Parachute Creek Member of the Green River Formation. Douglas Pass, Colorado.
  3. Hello again to everyone on the forum and can't wait to learn from you. I just joined this week and this will be my first main post. I have always been very interested in fossils and geology and finally went on an official fossil Hunting trip this past week. I went with my family the first time and we scouted out the area. I did a lot of research beforehand and read that Pit 11 was one of the most popular concretion hunting spots at Mazon, but that also means they are harder to find. After more research, I decided we should check out an area to the south called the Mazonia South Unit. I read that this area had been less collected because there is much thicker vegetation. The vegetation was very thick. We hiked for a couple miles into the Forested area and we came to the bottom of a large hill. Me and my brother scaled the cliff and saw a way down the other side. The bottom of the other side of the cliff ended right into a river. After we made it to the bottom, my father found the first fossil, a small leaf, in an open concretion. We then saw concretions everywhere around us and started collecting. We only stayed for about an hour that day because the mosquitoes were relentless. I got home and saw I had some fossils and got so excited, I went back out there by myself the very next day. I scaled the cliffs up and down and got as many concretions as I could. Not satisfied, I just came back from another trip out to Mazon yesterday. I'm still refining my technique, but I spent most of the time going up and down the cliff sides looking and picking for concretions. I had a geologic pick, and a bag as my main tools. The first couple times, I picked everything I saw. After more research, I was more picky yesterday and did a lot of cracking in the field. I am not done processing all my concretions but I will post what I have found so far. Please let me know if you can help identify any of them and if the pictures are good for your viewing. Any general tips for fossil hunting and anything is also welcome I have more than I can post in this one post, but will follow up post with rest of my current photos.
  4. Pupating Butterfly In Baltic Amber!

    Hello, I am new to this forum. I'm an evolutionary ecologist, and used to working on living organisms, but this is so well-preserved it might as well be alive! What I'm nearly sure you're looking at is a fossilized pupating butterfly (chrysalis). You can see the silk lines it attached to the leaf, as well as much of the leaf itself. This would be what one would call a "pre-pupa", but it's already starting to look very chrysalis-ish. It certainly looks papilionid, perhaps lycaenid based on size and morphology? What strikes me is both the rarity and incredible beauty of this find if it is what I think it is. Any thoughts?? Is this the only chrysalis known in the fossil record? It's from Baltic amber, straight from the mines to an collector's hands (and now my own.) Looking forward to replies.
  5. Insects from Liaoning, China

    From the album Purchased/Gift Fossils

    Some insects from Liaoning China. A nymph of a Mayfly? (Ephemeroptera) perhaps. Also, a backswimmer (water boatman)- unnoticed by me until received. One unidentified possible insect, and multiple conchostrachans. From the Early Cretaceous. Yixian Formation, Huangbangi Valley Beipiao, Liaoning Province of China.

    © ¬© 2016 Tim Jones

  6. Need ID for fossil.

    These are gifts that my father bought for me in his trip to Brazil more than 20 years ago. Knowing the country, I request this ID assuming what I have is probably fake. Attached photos. 2 specimen, I think both actually exist in present time.
  7. Halloween Spider!

    Found this guy last night splitting some shale I had laying around. Found on a piece about the size of a quarter!
  8. Fossils found in Florissant...
  9. Florissant Spider?

    Looks like a spider missing a couple legs?
  10. Florissant Fossils

    Went to the Florissant fossil quarry, and found some nice fossils. Wondering if I could possibly get them ID'ed, since I'm a novice. Thanks.
  11. Beetle

  12. Warer strider

    From the album Insects from the Fur Formation

    Water strider (Himeptera) from the Fur Formation
  13. 3 insects

    From the album Insects from the Fur Formation

    2 flyes (diptera) + 1 crane fly (tipolidae)
  14. My son found this tonight in a fairly large rock in our front yard. They are about two inches long. I searched everywhere with no results. I'm very new to this so my knowledge is rather limited. i thought at first that they might be leaves, then a trilobite of some sort, but they look more like the tail end of a water bug. I don't see evidence of eyes, antenna, or legs and I'm assuming it's a water creature as opposed to land. The rock was found in the ravine behind our home by a stream in Columbus, Ohio. It's about a twenty pound or more rock. If anyone can give me an idea of what it might be that would be great! Thank you!
  15. Insect Wing?

    Am I trying too hard to make this a photo of an insect wing? From Cahaba River area Central Alabama. Have never found any animal/insect life before. OR is it possibly a bivalve? The entire shiny part of the fossil.
  16. Hey everyone! I found this in some limestone I cracked open. It isn't very large, but I'm wondering if someone could help me out. I'm not asking about the shells popping out of the stone, but the small brownish thing next to the penny. Does this look like anything? A wing of something or a fish fin? I have no clue. I got the limestone from the woods today here in central Iowa. Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!
  17. From the album Fossils Over The Years: Some Of The Best

    Roughly 1cm in length

    © dinoboy123

  18. From the album Fossils Over The Years: Some Of The Best

    Less than 1 cm in length

    © dinoboy123

  19. Here is an insect fossil I got lately. It is from the Liaoning province in China. I'll like to know what kind of insect this is. Thanks.
  20. Here are two fossilized insect specimens from the Santana Formation in Brazil during the early Cretaceous period. Do let me know in your opinion, what type of insects do you think they were and if possible, their genera or species names will be much appreciated. Thanks.
  21. Just one piece I bought yesterday, I thought i'd show you guys because the detail is really amazing. This is a Caddis Fly in Baltic amber, (Trichoptera Polycentropodidae) and you can even see the facets of the eyes and every minute detail on the body. pictures by amberica west. this pic shows the head and eye detail particularly well. ----> I can't wait for this to arrive!
  22. HI all. Went for another round of fossil-hunting in old Chinese mineral shops, and this time I was rewarded with two rather spectacular specimens. First up, a gigantic insect that comes from Liaoning. The end of its wings to its feelers measure an impressive 76 mm. I am assuming it's a cricket, but I would appreciate help in ID-ing. Secondly, a large soft-shell turtle carapace. I am assuming Trionyx or Anosteira. Unfortunately no locality was provided. All I can say is, the matrix is very crumbly and porus, and is reddish in color.