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  1. Fossil or modern?

    Are these fossils or modern? Found in Idaho.
  2. Tadpole trace ?

    These are not fossils, but the concept could be useful in understanding ichno fossils. At first I came to the pool without tadpoles, it was late in the afternoon on a warm day and I moved slowly as I contemplated how the craters were formed. Had birds been probing the mud ? There did not seem to be a direct correspondence between the tracks and the pits though. The next pool I came to was deeper and perhaps allowed tadpoles a better escape from predators. The pictures were taken the next morning and the tadpoles were more disturbed by my approach so it doesn't show the behavior, but they seemed to be covering themselves with silt in the pits. Applying sun screen perhaps ? Or is the correlation coincidental ?
  3. New Jersey Modern Sharks

    Hey everyone, I recently walked on a beach near Keansburg, New Jersey, and came across an unusually large amount of dead animals. There were mostly crabs (blue crabs and spider crabs), baby shells, and jellyfish lying on the beach. However, I came across three small sharks. Does anyone know what factors might be responsible for the dead animals, such as rising water temperatures? If anyone knows what type of shark (I believe it is the smooth dogfish, Mustelus canis) and jellyfish that is, please comment. Thanks everyone, Joseph Jellyfish: Shark #1 body (with a fish behind it) Shark #1 dentition: Shark #2 remains: Shark #2 dentition:
  4. Back in the 1970's I was given these 4 teeth and was told they were fossil shark teeth. How can you tell if they're fossil or modern?????
  5. Bovid ID?

    Ok as if the clam wasn’t enough excitement for the day, not that this is exciting I also found what I believe is a very old, but modern cow skeleton, which I believe is most likely fully articulated. I just want to confirm it is cow. I went fossil hunting yesterday, which was almost a complete and total bust for me. Rarely happens, but that was the case fossil wise. However that does not mean I didn’t find some really cool, very, very cool, want so badly kind of stuff, but I couldn’t carry them out because they were too big and heavy. Anyway, it was miserably hot. I believe I found the hardest, most difficult, poison ivy overgrown path I could possibly find into the creek. First attempt was a 25 foot drop straight down into the creek. I scouted a small section of the creek out, found lots of very cool stuff, but only a coupe of oysters and that was it fossil wise. I was hot and wanted to check out another place before dark so I looked for an easier way out. I found one I thought I could manage. Problem was I was in my flip flops. I had no traction. If I’d been in my boots I’d had no problem at that spot. I couldn’t make it so I went further up creek. The creek water was like warm bath water and offered no relief from the heat. I came to a spot in the creek where a pool of water was divided off from the sandbar. I stepped into it and too my surprise the water was cool and sooooo refreshing. I splashed it all over myself to cool down and walked on. I walked maybe 10 feet and saw this on the edge by the creek bank. It seemed to have recently fallen about 4.5 feet from the middle of the creek bank above. There was a large clump of bank to the right that had more bone in it. I have to mention that I was a few hundred yards from a cemetery so it gave me pause. I had to process it a moment and determine that these were not human bones. Wouldn’t that be horrible! The cemetery could be 100 yrs old. The creek changes course over the years and encroaches upon the cemetery and graves start washing out into the creek!! Yikes! I’m sure it must have happened somewhere once upon a time. Didn’t happen here though. Moving on. This was embedded in the bank about 4.5 feet from the portion of the creek I was standing on and about 5 feet down from the top of the bank. No way it could have been redeposited since it seems largely articulated. I’d been seeing concretions in the bank of the creek so initially I thought the ball to the right was a stone. I was taking a pic of the broken bone. Rib maybe? The ball and one above it I think are heads of femur or something. Here is the bank. You can’t really see the other bones in the bank in this pic. They are there though. Bad quality pic, but I removed some of the dirt from the bank to expose the bone. There is more bone to the right and left. Some of the bones that had fallen from bank. A vertebra Anyway, do you think it is cow or could it be bison? That’s about all the pics I have. It’s modern, but I’m curious. I am assuming the cow must have gotten stuck in the mud and died. The cool water in the creek had to be coming from an underground spring. This was maybe 10 feet from there. Maybe it made the soil very soft and contributed the the bovid’s demise. I have come across cow skeletons on numerous occasions that died in a field and are completely disarticulated from wild animals scavenging them. That didn’t happen here. It must have been mud or something.
  6. Unidentified metapodials

    I found these two metapodials while diving in South Florida. They are not fossil. But I'd like to identify them for placement in the reference collection. Hoping they are a native marine animal (manatee, cetacean, sea turtle). Any help would be greatly appreciated Scale is in cm (or about 3.75 inches long)
  7. Fossil bivalves with periostracum???

    Hi all, Found these two shells in Antwerp, Belgium. It was in a place with lots of sand, and the sea was rather far away. There are tons of Pliocene shells there to be found. I also found these two bivalves. What I find really weird is that the periostracum (the brown layer) is still preserved!? How could that be? Nearly all fossil shells lose it when fossilizing, yet these two seem to have kept it. What do you think is the answer to this mystery? Fossils, with the periostracum preserved, or modern (but how did they get here?)? (Or maybe this isn't a periostracum at all. But what is it then?) I think that the species are Mytilus edulis and Spisula subtruncata (although that's by far the biggest Spisula I have ever seen) (both present modern in the North Sea, and occur as fossils in Belgium). I'm greatly anticipating your thoughts on this! Max
  8. Apologies since this is modern versus fossil. But was my first ever experience with ray cartilage and I am excited. The vertebrae were found in different locations as were the 2 snouts I found. I also came across a ray's carcass that was intact but beginning to deteriorate. It's snout was skin covered but appeared to be the same. The vertebrae also looked identical to the ones I found. It was humped up I guess because of the drying and shrinkage of the skeleton. It had claspers so it was a male. About a foot and a half body with a long tail. The tail had hooked denticles? all along the top dorsal side curved toward the end. I was not as observant as I should have been to gather more details. I really wanted that tail! but I was unable to remove it and the body had a quite offensive smell. Also I did not have a camera so no pictures. Looking online the snout looks very much like an Atlantic guitarfish and its habitat is north Carolina and south US. Any help to confirm or point me in another direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  9. Unknown ?

    Hi to all! Recently i post a content to identify the Wild boar tusk,is it fossil or not...Now the same thing.I found these stuff in my garden where mostly i have found Vinča's pottery and the tusk . I found here a molar ,idk is it a bison or a cow,looks very similar, but i think that it isn't a fossil...It smells a bit...Other bone which i think is from a deer antler is fossilized,it doesn't smell at all. And near by i found,which in my opinion looks like some kind of a hand made blade or something like that but is very sharp.If someone can help me to id the bones or the blade it would help.Thanks.
  10. Fossil, or modern bone?

    I found a bone in a SoCal creek, and was wondering if it was a fossilized or modern one, I tried the burn test and it didn't have a super pronounced smell, just a faint one- any ideas? it was found in the water of the creek.
  11. fish bone?

    I apologize as I did not keep any information about where I found this. But I saved it as I was curious. I have showed it to some experienced natural history collectors and those interested in skulls without any success. So I am asking if anyone can help. I do not even know for sure that it is fish. But I remain curious. Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
  12. Hey everyone! I know they technically aren't fossils, I have a drawer of modern shark teeth, of which many are starting to exhibit hairline cracks along the center of the teeth, which weren't there when I purchased them previously. Does anyone know why this is happening, and if so, how do I prevent this from happening further?
  13. Hello everyone, this is not a fossil but since there is so much knowledge in this forum I thought I'd ask here first. Please delete or move if not appropriate for the Fossil ID section. This is a modern skull. The size puzzles me as well as the dental not quite a house cat. Bob cat? Other ideas? It is tiny!! Scale in inches. Found in North Texas, near to a Coyote remains. Lot of wildlife, including bob cats, raccoons. Any way to tell what this is exactly? Thanks in advance!
  14. Just a quickie

    Found these two today whilst knocking around some dirt. Not sure if they are fossil or not. Down here we have a lot of shells and a lot of "reworked" dirt and sand,so to speak. Which means I'm not sure if they originated where I found them or if they were moved there by construction and/or backfill. Any input is welcome.
  15. Modern Stinky Bones

    I can't remember if I brought this subject up before or not. During last years storms I gathered some bones (modern) along the beach that were washed ashore. I would like to find a way to clean out the stench from the rotting marrow so they can be displayed indoors without suffering the vomitous gagging from the smell. I have had them "airing out" in a field for almost a year and Mr. Stink just won't go away. I believe taxidermist usually boil out the marrow to clean bones, but these are a bit too big to fit a boiling pot. I was contemplating soaking them in a diluted bleach solution to hopefully take the smell away. Any thoughts from the peanut gallery? I live in a small apartment so any large scale operation is somewhat out of the question. Have any of our illustrious peers out there had much practice with cleaning modern bone?
  16. Modern bovine bone?

    Hello, please help me identify this bone. I believe it is bovine because I have found numerous modern bovine teeth (most likely cow) in the river where I hunt for fossils. Any idea on what bone it is? The bone is about 5 inches long. I can provide more pictures if needed. Thank you!
  17. Hi all, As well as being a great fossil enthusiast, I also love finding modern remains of life and nature. Like a few of you already know, I am also quite fond of seashells (fossil seashells are one of my favorite things). Minerals also interest me, though I don't know much about them. And anything else to do with nature will get me interested. I just came back yesterday from some fantastic holidays in Greece, and didn't come back empty-handed! At first, we stayed for a few days at one of our friend's house on the Greek island Paros. Then, we spent one night in Athens to visit the famous Acropolis, before spending a few days at Gerolimenas, a small village at the tip of the Mani peninsula (Peloponnese). Finally we stayed two nights in Nafplio, in the north of the Peloponnese, and then returned to the cold and rainy Netherlands. Surely holidays to remember! Of course, I was constantly looking around for fossils, seashells, and other things, enjoying the slightly nerdy activities we all here enjoy so much. Though no fossils were found, I did find a few other things. Here are my different hauls! Chapter 1: Paros Paros is a lovely, typically Greek island, in the Aegean sea. The first few days here, having visited several different beaches, I found nearly nothing. Then one day, after having eaten a delicious grilled squid, I strolled on the beach, and bingo! Seashells everywhere! I quickly grabbed a plastic bag and filled it up with little treasures. I was really stunned by the beautiful Noah's Ark shells. That was the only beach where I made finds, but the finds were so great that it was enough to leave the place with good memories and happy hands. Total haul (things on top are not seashells, but other miscellaneous things): Some of my favorites: A small Diodora graeca: A very nice Haliotis mykonosensis: A beautiful Neverita josephina: A touch-looking crab claw: Some cool pink-red urchin spines: A small but stunning Arca noae:
  18. ID for Sponge

    Found this sponge on the beach in Beach Haven, NJ. Wondering if anyone could tell me if its modern or Pleistocene (I ask bc I have heard of Pleistocene fossils being found off of NJ's coastline Two more angles
  19. Hi all, Today at a flea market I purchased a small handful of shells found on the Kaloot (NL), where you can find fossil sharkteeth as well as fossil seashells (and other fossils). He assured me that at least some (if not all) are fossils, which is true: the Pliothyrina in the middle is extinct, so it has to be a fossil; and many of the astartes on the bottom seem to be fossilized too. But I'm not sure that all the shells are fossilized. Therefore I was wondering, does anyone know how to separate fossil shells from modern ones? Best regards, Max
  20. Modern deer skull

    Hi all, Purchased this today at a flea market at a very low price (10€ = more or less 10$!). My first big skull in my collection, I'm very happy with it. It's a kind of deer skull, and all the teeth are in great condition. The seller had it in his room since 18 years, and therefore doesn't know anymore where it comes from (though it's probably somewhere in Europe). Anyone know the exact deer species of the skull? Best regards, Max
  21. ID: Modern bones

    Hi all, I found these (modern) bones on one of the beaches of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). All three bones were found about 3-5 m apart, so there is a chance that they come from the same animal. We have a rib, a vertebrae, and a jaw (missing the teeth). Anyone have a clue on the ID? Thanks in advance, Max
  22. Modern or fossil shark tooth

    I found this his big tiger shark tooth at a local rock shop today. The tag says Eocene but no location info is provided and the store worker had no idea. It looks modern, but the enamel has chipped back a bit as if fossilized. Was wondering what you guys thought? cheers!
  23. Found this yesterday in Peace River. I think it's a fossil, but may be modern. Didn't know how long to wait to do flame test. I think it is an incisor but really just guessing. What do you think?
  24. Fossil on igneous rock?

    I know nothing of the real provenance of this specimen. It was found near a house here in western Missouri where everything is either Pennsylvanian or Quarternary--there is no igneous rock in the area. I have three questions about it. First, is it a fossil or is it modern? Second, is the rock on which the specimen rests igneous? Third, is it a forgery—something made for a novelty shop? Any answers or comments you can give will be appreciated. Russ
  25. fossil or modern?

    anyone have any ideas about whether they are recent or fossilized? Also,is the third picture a hippoporida ? also,could anyone id them?