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  1. Hello everyone, I am pretty new to the fossil hunting game, mostly just picking up a few shells or leaf imprints when I am out hiking but when I returned to school in Florida I started to get a bit more interested in actually researching and exploring with the intention of fossil hunting. On the drive back to Florida from Denver I decided to break the trip up into 6-8 hour drive days and camp while hitting some fossil opportunities. Also it kept me fairly isolated with Covid restrictions. With that in mind I planned a route to hit a few different sites: Quay County,
  2. Well, it's hot in Texas in August. 107 is the forecast for Saturday. Soooo...I'm hunting at home! Still having fun with the micro matrix stuff! This time, it's from Mineral Wells, TX. While i have been there a variety of times and found lots of great stuff, I never looked quite THIS close to find fossils! So a pound of washed matrix and my microscope camera landed me a few neat things. I was hoping for a whole Trilobite (which I have found three small ones at Mineral Wells) no full trilos this time, but some trilo bits! But my favorite things are the Crinoid parts...the geometric architectur
  3. Hi everyone! Well, I am completely in love with hunting micro matrix I got some Mineral Wells matrix and am having a blast finding the littles. But a few things have me flumoxed. Any help would be appreciated on ID'ing these things. All of these are tiny - 1/8 to 1/16 inch (2mm-4mm) Thanks so much!! Many of these "claw" looking things. If they were from the Cretaceous, I'd say they were Crab Claws....but Pennsylvanian I don't know. Are they crinoid spines? I have a variety of "typical" crinoid spines which look nothing like these: 1. 2,
  4. Dantheman135

    Mineral Wells Fossil Id

    I was at mineral wells fossil park for the first time recently and was sorting some the finds today. I found 3 fossils that I could use some help IDing. #1 I believe is a Crinoid calyx. #2 is a crinoid but it has a weird growth on the side of the it. #3 also appears to be a Crinoid but it is full of holes. There’s no apparent pattern to them and they are on all sides of it. All holes are roughly uniform in size in shape. I can post more photos of any of them. Thanks for any help.
  5. saraltuell

    Mineral Wells, TX Fossil Finds

    Hello Fossil Friends! I recently went on a kayak camping trip on the Brazos River in North Texas and made a stop by the Mineral Wells Fossil Park. We found some incredible fossils both on the river and at the park! I was so excited about our finds that cleaning and ID'ing the fossils took priority over any cleaning and tidying up of camping gear... I started with the Mineral Wells fossils, since there were a lot of great specimens and some decent information available online about the fossils from that park. I was able to ID a lot of specimens easily (crinoids, nautiloids, bivalve
  6. Benjaminpb

    Mineral Wells Texas find question

    I went to Mineral Wells fossil park a few months back and I have a couple of finds that I'm unsure of. This is one of those finds. Is it a piece of a trilo or something else? Thank you.
  7. Hi all! I just joined this forum and want to thank everyone upfront for such a great resource and community. My wife and I recently relocated to north texas from upstate new york. We fossil hunted up there and since we moved to texas have found some great specimens. It has been amazing having the opportunity to hunt new deposits! Last weekend we went to mineral wells and post oak creek...both places we found from reading this forum! I think a lot of what we found is quite common but definitely very different from what we are used to in New York. We found shark teeth, shell
  8. I recently went on a collecting trip ending in the Triassic of New Mexico. I collected in four states and covered 6 geologic time periods. I have a number of trip reports to do, and I usually like to have everything identified before I post. However, I am waiting on some brachiopod identification resources (productids), and I want to get this out while I have time (more reports coming as I work on the specimens from each site). This report is on the Mineral Wells Fossil Park. It was four hours out of my way, but I was determined to get there on this trip (my first to the site) and managed
  9. What is the consensus on the name of the formation exposed at Mineral Wells Fossil Park? I've seen both Keechi Creek Shale of the Mineral Wells Formation, Strawn Group, Missouri Series (Pennsylvanian Period) and I've seen Salesville Shale, Desmoinesian. Does anyone have a citation for a peer-reviewed paper that provides empirical data supporting the formation name given and correlating it with other exposures?
  10. Peat Burns

    Crinoid material?

    These tiny fossils all have a groove along the long axis. The surface is textured, but not reminiscent of bryozoan zooecia. Are these perhaps crinoid pinnules? Mineral Wells fossil Park, Keechi Creek Shale, Mineral Wells Fm., Late Pennsylvanian (Missourian). Scale in mm.
  11. lilthinkr

    Mineral Wells Texas, Nut or?

    A veterinarian friend of mine went on a cub scouts camping trip with his son. The group found this fossil at Mineral Wells State Park located in Texas. The cub scouts are curious if this is a plant or animal fossil? Any identification help would be appreciated. Thank you for any help!!! Jill
  12. KimTexan

    Mineral or fossil?

    I found this out at Mineral Wells. I think it is a mineralization pattern, but I wanted to see if anyone else had any insight or could confirm that to be the case. Most everything I have found has been crinoids or sea shell in nature. If it is fossil it doesn't really match with anything else I have found there. The other sides are just yellow to cream colored stone.
  13. KimTexan

    Bivalve ID

    I found these a while back at Mineral Wells, TX. I have been collecting fossils for years, but never bothered to ID any of them. To me it's about the fun of the hunt and discovery. But I'm trying to expand my knowledge of the field and the specimens I've collected. So I would appreciate any education as to what these are. They're all 2 cm or smaller. I've got more, but I think this is an adiquate sample of what I have to give an ID. The predominant fossils in the area are crinoids though.
  14. Peat Burns

    Mineral Wells Fossil Park, TX

    Hello, I am hoping someone familiar with the brachiopods of the Mineral Wells Fossil Park, TX (Late Pennsylvanian) and vicinity, might recognize this taxon. It looks to me like an Athyrididae. Perhaps Cleiothyridina sp.?. @BobWill ? I also have some Punctospirifer cf. P. kentuckiensis from the same site. Here's the specimen in question. Thanks for any help.
  15. MSirmon

    Smashed stem?

    Found this is small item in a road cut west of Mineral Wells TX. The length is about that of a q-tip and difficult to get a good photo of. I'm guessing it is a smashed stem of some kind. Any help would be appreciated.
  16. MSirmon

    Road Cut

    This is from a second road cut west of Mineral Wells. I suspect plant of some type by the folding(?) seen in the end cuts. Any ideas or is it just a really cool piece of sandstone?
  17. MSirmon

    Mineral Wells

    I was driving on Hwy 20 in TX just west of the Mineral Wells exit and stopped at an old road cut. I'm not sure what it is and my guesses are typically wrong but I'm going out on a limb and guessing the shell of a seed pod (?).
  18. TyrannosaurusRex

    NSR-Post Oak-Mineral Wells

    It has been a while since I posted last. School has been hectic, and I have been out of the country as well. I was blessed with the opportunity a few months ago to go to some of the best hunting areas in Texas, all of them places I had wished to visit for years. My mother was a real sport crawling down to the rivers, avoiding the snakes and leeches... We arrived in Ladonia, and drove by the river to get an idea of what the hunting would be like. We skipped on going to the park, knowing it would be well picked over, particularly since the last month it had been flooded, shifting eve
  19. I took my first plunge into the Pennsylvanian on February 13th, with a trip to Mineral Wells Fossil Park in Mineral Wells, TX. The scenery headed toward the park Assorted crinoid parts (Continued... )
  20. My sister and brother in law are taking a little trip to the Mineral wells area. And they would like to do some fossil hunting. They're very adventurous and would (probably) be OK with going just about anywhere. They're going to be there the 28th of November. Any help to point them in the right direction would be much appreciated. Thanks, TFF!
  21. Hi everyone, I've been trying to plan this for a while as I've wanted to go to Mineral Wells Fossil Park (http://www.mineralwellsfossilpark.com). My plan is to be there around 8:30 am or so, get a few hours done before the sun goes crazy. Afterwards, if anyone knows good locations, we can visit those, otherwise we can call it a day! If anyone is interested in meeting up that day, let me know! The more the merrier. Cheers, Hashem
  22. My birthday was last week and my wife surprised me having found and purchased a copy of the book the Pennsylvanian Fossils of North Texas. It's a great book but I have not been out in the field with it yet. I've dabbled in these fossils for about 20 years but I've never hit the better known areas such as Jacksboro, Lake Bridgeport or Mineral Wells. I plan on spending more time with these fossils moving forward. It may sound silly but near the top of my hunting want list is to find a nice trilobite or two. I'm curious to know if any of you have had any luck finding them at any of the better
  23. I need help with an ID for this. This was found at Mineral Wells Fossil Park, in TX, Pennsylvanian, with many crinoids and brachiopods around. Looks to me like coral or bone?? closeup another view Thanks in advance for any help.
  24. Need help with identifying... looks like worms?? found in the mineral wells fossil park, palo pinto county, texas.....about an inch and a half long, many crinoids and brachiopods in the immediate area. Reverse side
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