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  1. Here is a good website that gives the gps coordinates for several fossil sites near Moab, Utah. https://www.discovermoab.com/dinosaur-museums-and-hikes/ Nearby south of Moab is the newly discovered mysterious 12 foot tall metal monolith, sort of like the one in Planet of the Apes. 38°20′35.2″N 109°39′58.5″W See video still from David Sparks Instagram page. If no one claims it then maybe they should take it to a local museum.
  2. Tony G.

    Utah Fossil Hunt

    When fossil hunting near Moab, UT this weekend. There was quite a bit of snow in the Moab area this weekend, so I was not expecting to find anything. Luckily, this area was in the Sun and all the the snow was melted off. Found many Brachiopods, crinoid stems, and a small partial trilobite. (I have not been able to take a good photograph of the Trilobite because it is so small, abt 3/8") Attached are photos of the best Brachiopod. It is approx 2" across. I found a slightly large one, but it is still covered in a lot of matrix and needs to be prepped. Fossils are from the Permian Rico Fo
  3. Sagebrush Steve

    Need help with ammonite ID

    I was in Moab, Utah last week and stopped in at the Moab Rock Shop. They had lots of fossils so I picked up this nice little ammonite about 17 mm diameter for a few dollars. It was labeled as an Orthosphinctes from the Jurassic of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, but I'm not convinced. I can't find much online about Orthosphinctes but what I do find shows the whorl cross section as being much more oval in shape. I found the thread below from 2014 but it doesn't seem to have answered the poster's original question of Orthosphinctes vs. Perisphinctes. Can anyone help?
  4. Hello all, I thought this would be a fairly easy identification, given the distinct deep indentations in the ridge of this ammonite fragment. I looked in Fossil Index of NA, Invertebrate Fossils by Moore et al, a Collignoniceras survey and the Atlas of Cretaceous Life, online. This fragment comes from Mancos Shale near Moab, Utah. Help appreciated. And if you can suggest sources for this era and region I’d appreciate it. Thanks. Tom
  5. LStamm

    Moab-area fossils

    Was hiking near Moab, Utah, climbed about 100 feet up a cliff to look for ruins, and stumbled across these. The rock was Jurassic-era sandstone. They were spread over an area about 20 x 20. Could they be dinosaur bones? If so, what kind? Thanks!
  6. ober


    Hello all. Time for me to go to school again, and ask for help identifying this fragment of what I take to be an ammonite. I found it in Mancos Shale outside of Moab. This segment is about 10cm long and about 4.5cm wide. It is in a thin slab with no sign of the shell continuing on the underside of this piece of stone. The two photos show all that can be seen and the third gives a sense of the thickness of the rock. I was unsure of what this was until PFOOLEY called my attention to Kennedy et al. A Revision of the Turonian Members of the Ammonite subfamily Collignonceratinae. This helped me see
  7. ober

    ammonite genus ID?

    Hello all, I have what I believe to be a segment of an ammonite. I think this is in the Acanthoceratidae family. I can see the suture patterns very clearly. This piece is 15 mm long and was found in Mancos Shale near Moab. In ID-i got it I find the Cretaceous Atlas of Ancient Life particularly helpful. So first, am I on the correct track so far? If so, then I wonder how I can I go to the genus level of identification. I am looking at the robustness of the ridge pattern and see it is common with Acanthoceras, but there are other possibilities as well. Does an incomplete sample like this allow y
  8. ober

    Permian crinoid

    Hello helpful fossiliers, Help please. These fossils came from outside Moab close to the Colorado River, but on a high shelf. The river is not visible from this location. Roadside Geology of Utah identifies this area as Permian, as did a BLM paleontologist. They are from about 10-15 miles SW from Moab. The rocks are largely a red base (clay?) with a gray-er surface. These three pictures are actually 3 different locations on the rock, but I think (wonder if) they are the same life form. The first is about 2 mm long. The ruler shows a mm scale. You can see the cross section end of the item on th
  9. ober

    cross section of ammonite?

    Hello all, here is another fossil for which I’d appreciate some ID help. It is about the size of a postage stamp. It looks to be a cross section of an animal. There were extensive ammonite shell fragments in the area and I wonder if this is a cross section of one? It was found in Mancos shale north of Moab, but before reaching I 70. I darkened the fossil so it was more visible. Don’t know that I like that effect. Thanks for your help.
  10. ober

    mancos shale id help please

    This impression and partial exoskeleton is slightly larger than a postage stamp. It is from a Mancos shale deposit outside of Moab, between the city and Rt 70. I’m unsure of the words to use, but it looks like there was a central back carpace with a skirt around it. ID help much appreciated. Thank you.
  11. Navajo

    Trip to Moab

    Hello, Im going to Moab, can someone tell me where y can go fossil hunting? thanks
  12. Joe94

    Possible fossil near Moab

    I found this which looks like a fossil to me just south east of Moab UT. I debated with my friend about if it was a fossil or not so I thought I would post it here and see what everybody thinks.
  13. Tony G.

    Pennsylvanian \ Permian Tooth ?

    Think this is a tooth fragment. Found in the Rico Formation near Potash, UT which is just outside of Moab, UT. 1 1/4" x 1/2".
  14. Susie

    Is this a bone fossil?

    Found this in Moab, Utah on a hike a few weeks ago. I am wondering if this is some type of bone fossil or just a rock? It is small, about 1.5 inches by 1 inch.
  15. Are there any fossil sites near Moab? I am going to be there this summer and would like to do some fossil hunting.
  16. While browsing the Dinosaur Mailing List, I came upon a news article regarding Dystrophaeus: http://fox13now.com/2014/08/28/skeleton-of-dinosaur-first-unearthed-155-years-ago-now-being-excavated/ With respect to the discovery of Dystrophaeus in 1859, it is noteworthy that the discoverer, John Newberry, couldn't excavate the whole skeleton of this species because of the difficult terrain, but at least was able to recover some bones, all from the forelimb and scapular regions, and loan them to the Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Now the Dystrophaeus Project crew has
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