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  1. Went hunting in the Tuttle Creek spillway which was mostly a bust (though I may be biased by my every-other-rock experiences at Lawrence and Lake Shawnee). Aside from fusilinids and a couple of indeterminate shells I found a rock with multiple smooth flat round structures (3-4 cm across). The rock had fallen down the side of the spillway so age is likely somewhere in Carboniferous to Permian. It broke apart when I pulled it from the ground. Any have any idea what these are? This shows the side view of one of the structures (top edge on the
  2. Mochaccino

    Pennsylvanian/Permian crinoids

    Hello, I have a whole bunch of unidentified crinoids I'd like some help identifying. From my guess on the species and the fact that there were all together (as well as the other specimens that came with it), my guess is that these are Pennsylvanian or Permian-aged crinoids from Texas or Kansas. I'm hoping narrowing down the ID would better pinpoint the provenance for them. Here goes. The calyxes all range from 1-2 cm wide. I did attempt to ID them, using resources including this by the forum's @Missourian: #1-#4 I think are all of the sam
  3. Hello all. I try and go fossil hunting as often as possible and I really want to get back out in the Niobrara chalk in western Kansas. I’ve only hunted out there one time on a state 4-H trip and it was the most fun I’ve ever had. However I do know that most of, if not all of the land the chalk is on is owned privately. I’m not sure the best way to get in contact with landowners about asking permission. If I lived closer I would just drive out there and ask around, but I live in eastern Kansas so it is a minimum 5-6 hour drive out there. Is there any reliable way of figuring out who owns land a
  4. Hello, I found this fossil in South Central Kansas, 20 miles north of Oklahoma border. A pond was dredged and this was found on a sand pile. Could someone please help me identify it?
  5. JBkansas

    New finds from the Kansas River

    Found some interesting fossils with my wife and boys yesterday. 1. Guessing these are gastropod shells (all replaced with crystals) 2. I think these may be crinoid stalk fragments 3. Millions of sub millimeter round fossils (and brachiopod) Wife: I found a rock with the wavy sea fossil (bryozoan) and petrified wood. Me: that doesn't make sense, oh, it's concrete. I guess Kansas has so many fossils we use them as filler 4. Not sure what this is and didn't have a ruler handy
  6. Hey all, I found this in the Arkansas River mud right in the middle of Wichita, KS. It was in one piece but it broke when I was tapping a tarantula wolf spider out of its bone home
  7. book_vvorm

    Fossil or Sedimentary rock?

    My son found this rock a while back in the sandbar of a creek bed in Northeastern Kansas. We find all kinds of invertebrate fossils here regularly in/around creek beds, and thought this looked interesting, almost like dinosaur skin? Or some other fossil? I’m 99% positive it’s just some sedimentary rock, as it is cracked on all sides and common in sandbars here, but we’ve never found one like this and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to consult some more knowledgeable people.
  8. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in trading his/her mosasaurus jaw or partial from a site (Either United States or somewhere in Europe). I've got various amount of eurasian pleistoceen stuff, some dinosaurus teeth. Megalodon teeth of great quality too. Please if you know anyone, feel free to contact me!
  9. I found this listed as a cretaceous lobster from the Kiowa Formation in Kansas. I didn't have much success finding anything similar with some quick research, do any of you guys know what exactly we're looking at here?
  10. fossilsonwheels

    Cretoxyrhina ???

    .7” tooth, Blue Hill Member, Carlile Shale, Jewell Co Kansas. I am not super familiar with the Carlile Shale fauna and I think this is a Cretoxyrhina but I’m not 100% sure I’m correct so I thought I seek other opinions.
  11. I just got back from a trip to Kansas where I found a tooth in the Ninnescah River outside of Wichita. I first thought it was a cow or buffalo but now after researching it believe that it looks more like a Woolly Rhino tooth. Thoughts?
  12. Hello, I recently got this section of fossilized squid pen of the giant squid Tusoteuthis longa, from the Cretaceous Niobrara Chalk of Kansas, USA. It measures about 7cm long. After receiving it I realized that it seemed rather unstable, with small "splinters" flaking off like a fragile piece of wood. I hear it is recommended to consolidate vertebrate bones with something like Butvar B-76, but what about something like this squid pen? I don't know what the material even is. Does anyone have experience preserving these? Thanks.
  13. Denny1st

    Help ID?

    Found yesterday in the Kansas River. I'm thinking it's probably just a button buck skull cap. Although I really want it to be from an antilocaprid. But I thought its worth the post for me because it's my first part of a skull Ive ever found in the river. But I can't distinguish personally. I'm not the best at telling Kansas river modern stained bones from permineralized bones sometimes too, and I understand if it's unidentifiable beyond cervid even. Thanks
  14. Mari

    4-H Geology ID question

    Hello Everyone. My grandaughter is in 4-H Geology and we found this specimen in Southwest Kansas. We have no idea what it is or how to label it for her exhibit box. Any help you could give us would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  15. Hello all. We were recently on 4-H trip to Greenwood County Kansas and stopped at a roadcut in the Kanwaka Shale. We have several questions, the first one is below. We found this crinoid stem with an encrusting Bryazoa on it. I believe this is Fistulipora but would like a more positive ID. Any help is appreciated
  16. In the Blue Hill Shale Member of the Carlile Shale formation, you can sometimes find concretions that have very colorfully preserved ammonites. The concretions are usually about the size of a golf ball to baseball. They are smacked with a hammer to see if there is something inside, as many are empty. The concretions are extremely hard, but there is usually a weak spot between the ammonite and the super hard limestone. I recently picked up a CP air scribe, so I thought I'd try it out on a "mud ball" that had a little of a Scaphites carlilensis exposed. The outside of the concretion that is
  17. Not sure if these are trace fossils. The rock looks like a cast of the sea floor.
  18. Rod shaped structures with central cavity, shape reminded me of urchin spines. Bryozoan and coral in background. I thought about weathered coral but the structures seem too straight. Smaller rock with similar but larger structure on back.
  19. ThePhysicist

    Cretoxyrhina tooth (3)

    From the album: Sharks

    A gorgeous tooth from one of my favorite sharks! The enamel isn't polished - the chalk preserves its shine extremely well - it's as shiny as when it fell out of the animal's mouth!
  20. ThePhysicist

    Cretoxyrhina tooth (2)

    From the album: Sharks

    A beautiful tooth from one of my favorite sharks. This one is extra special because of the self-inflicted bite mark - a gash seen on the left in lingual view. Apparently their bite was strong enough to cut their own teeth!
  21. JBkansas

    Hi from KS

    My name is Jonathan and I just started fossil hunting with my 4 yo son, Gabe. Here's some shells we found at a flint hills rest stop: 1. Cluster of similar shells: 2a. Corals. 2b. Close up 3a. Larger brachiopod (per posts below) 3b. Same rock, probably same type of brachiopod.
  22. I found this maxilla piece on the Kansas River today. I'm thinking it's some sort of pig ancestor, and hoping it's not just an old domestic pig's. But it seems mineralized to me. Also, the teeth are pretty worn so it's hard for me to ID them. I saw this topic And thought it's too difficult for me to ID based on the worn teeth. But maybe someone else here can help? Please let me know if more photos would be of use as well. Thanks in advance.
  23. bthemoose


    I recently acquired this nice little tooth from the Carlile Shale of north central Kansas, which I believe is Turonian in age. It looks like Cardabiodon ?venator to me, but I don't have much experience with the genus. What do others think? The tooth measures 27.17 mm along the slant and is 21.66 mm wide.
  24. Darbi

    Kiowa tooth

    It's pretty obvious to me it's a fossil tooth: but from what? Kiowa formation and Albian. Approximately 1.1cm long.
  25. My daughter likes to investigate the rocks at our local post office and found this one that we thought might be a fossil. These are a mix of 1-3” landscaping rocks and I don’t know the source. Can anyone help us ID it? Thank you for your expertise!
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