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  1. My grandson is turning 8 soon and he dearly loves dinosaurs and fossils. I want to take him fossil hunting for his birthday. I'm in Winn Parish, which is the northern part of the central area of Louisiana. Natchitoches, Grant, Rapides Parishes are close. Does anyone know where I could take him to find any fossils in these areas? I hope so and would be so appreciative!
  2. In the late 1950's my Dad was working for the Boy Scouts of America professionally out of Alexandria, Louisiana. One of his volunteer leaders north of Alexandria was a collector of Native American artifacts, and while looking for artifacts, stumbled upon a large lower jawbone near a sandy steep nearby hillside overlooking a river. He gave my Dad the jawbone and told where he found it. We as a family went to the site and found numerous large "sharks teeth", and petrified sea shells. Dad later became friends with a oil drilling crew foreman, who gave Dad two what appears to be
  3. Giant tsunami from dino-killing asteroid impact revealed in fossilized ‘megaripples’ By Akila Raghavan, AAAS Science, Jul. 12, 2021 The paper is: Kinsland, G.L., Egedahl, K., Strong, M.A. and Ivy, R., 2021. Chicxulub impact tsunami megaripples in the subsurface of Louisiana: Imaged in petroleum industry seismic data. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 570, no.117063. Yours, Paul H.
  4. A-Bonn


    These were found about 10 - 15 ft. below the surface in red dirt layer of a hill with elevation about 100 ft. above sea level. (one of the highest points in our parish) along with lots of other similar pieces that look like Osteoderms or scouts. They are not located at a known fossil formation but in a current dirt/rock pit. We have found many native American tools and arrow heads on this hill in central Louisiana and while my husband was digging with an excavator we started noticing random bright objects in the otherwise solid red dirt layer and some of their photos are attached. We did lick
  5. This bone was found in a pit, along with lots of other bones and various pieces. It looks like a steak with veins and tendons. Found in Central Louisiana. photos of other pieces to follow. Thank you for your help.
  6. A-Bonn

    Not sure what this is...

    Hello, I'm new. This was found in Central Louisiana, in a rock/dirt pit. Between 30-40 ft. deep. Other fossils were found in the same area. It was under a thick (around 10 ft.) layer of reddit. Please be patient with me. I'm new, but have found some great fossils from this new dig. thanks
  7. After a 3 month dedicated search (coughSisyphean) to figure this out on my own, I still can’t find anything that remotely looks like this. I’m a longtime SE LA/SW MS creek gravel rockhounder and I’ve never come across this before. I’ve shown it to some other area collectors-no luck. This was found in a creek running through the upper terraces of the (pre-loess) La Citronelle formation not far from the Amite County, MS border. *I should also mention that Louisiana gravels within the (Plio) Citronelle contain much older rocks/fossils that are believed to have been transported by glac
  8. A report about paleontology of a classic, but now overgrown, section of sediments at Montgomery Landing (Creola Bluff) on the Red River, Grant Parish, Louisiana, is now available online as PDF file from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This report is about research conducted to mitigate the destruction of this location by the construction of the Red river Waterway. The report is: Schiebout, J.A. and van den Bold, W.A., 1982. Paleontological Investigations in the Vicinity of Montgomery Landing, Red River Waterway. Report prepared for Department of the Army Cor
  9. MamaJ_04

    Found on Holly Beach

    Found this on Holly Beach, looks like a tooth, but I'm not sure what kind.
  10. This Is my first post. I am a amateur hunter from south Louisiana. I have had a lot of trouble finding fossils. I have found one chrinoid in a creek, but aside from coral,nothing has been found.I have found that the two prominent spots from the days of past have been covered long ago. I also realize I in a area with not a lot of potential for ground or creek fossils. I have done one trip, and found plenty there, but that was a long drive to Texas. I have even emailed people such as LSU and Alabama professors and geologists from Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. Help please!
  11. FossilDiggin

    Is this part vertebra?

    Found this in central Louisiana along with what I would assume is the end of a rib bone? How can you tell if it was from a land animal or ocean dwellers of the time. Excuse my lack of knowledge in this area I am new to this hobby. The first picture has clearly a hole through it where I’m assuming was where either nerve/blood vessel ran through. Just not sure what part of bone it is or who it belonged to.
  12. FossilDiggin

    Help with ID

    Found this one and I can’t seem to figure out what it is. Any help would be great!
  13. Juliak

    Fossil that was found in Beach

    This was found either on Timablier Island or Last Island, Louisiana in Terrebonne Parish. I had it with other shells(clam shells, pieces of clam shells) and what looks an oyster shell.
  14. Layt

    Is this an egg?

    I think I found an egg with an exposed embryo, a couple of pictures show the size.
  15. Beader


    This is from my yard in Central Louisiana. I had a bunch of pea gravel hauled in so I can find “Indian Beads” (lifelong collector) I am unable to identify it thus far in my searches. Can y’all help? Thanks in advance! Wanting to get back in to this
  16. Hunterc123


    Looking through my typical pile of gravel I saw this, I thought maybe it was wishful thinking because I see spiral shapes all the time. I picked it up and noticed it had traces of shell like material tracing the spiral. Could it be an ammonite encased in chert like this, or just a worn down snail of some other sort?
  17. Requesting assistance identifying the dark slug-looking forms, these look like they were once soft-bodied so I'm pretty lost. I haven't the foggiest idea what these are and my fossil reference books don't have anything that looks like this in the photos or illustrations from what I can see. This was a creek find in southeast Louisiana. Your time and expertise are very much appreciated by this fossil newbie, thanks.
  18. Joe Salande

    Help with Oyster shell Identification

    Greetings Guys! I had a question relative to this Oyster shell. It was found on the bank of the Mississippi river, out of New Orleans. Being from Louisiana, I "sho nuff" know an oyster shell when I see one. The curiosity of this one is where it was found. No trash pile, no oyster bed, just simply on the sand on the river bank where the water level is has gone down. I'm trying to figure out if this could be a oyster fossil. At this point in the river, it is 100% fresh water, whereas oysters like salt, or brackish water. Any thoughts from you guys, gals, would be greatly app
  19. I had a question relative to this sea shell. It was found on the bank of the Mississippi river, out of New Orleans. The curiosity of this one is where it was found. just simply on the sand on the river bank where the water level is has gone down. I'm trying to figure out if this could be a sea shell fossil. At this location of the river, it is 100% fresh water, whereas this looks like salt water sea shell. Any thoughts from yawl would be greatly appreciated. Joe Any thoughts from you guys, gals, would be greatly
  20. kerryrocksnla

    Anyone From Louisiana

    I have several rocks with fossil imprints as well as fossils imbedded in them. Im not sure exactly what some are. I have researched them and have discovered some of my rocks are corrals. I will post pics for help.
  21. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since June 25, 2018.
  22. Hunterc123

    Fairly large gastropod

    I found this one ages ago when i was a kid. I didn't even realize it was a fossil until i picked it up years later and saw that the "dirt" on the inside was solid rock with small shell pieces. Seems relatively recent if anything. Don't know exactly where it came from.
  23. Jacob Harrison

    Any ideas

    This thing is heavy and I'm not sure if it's a fossil but it's not metal and it looks like it is covered in enamel. It's about 2" long and 1-1/4" wide and 1/2 " thick.
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