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  1. pfegiz

    Fossil Isopod

    11mm long. Found in Santa Barbara County, near Lake Cachuma, in the Monterey Formation (Miocene). It looks to me like an isopod. I've looked at online databases from the Natural History Museums of Santa Barbara and LA County, and searched the scientific literature, but could not find anything resembling it. I would be very grateful for any suggestions.
  2. oilshale

    Syngnathus emeritus Fritzsche, 1980

    Taxonomy according to Fossilworks.org. Fritzsche 1980, p. 218 : "Diagnosis.- A Syngnathus with 43-47 dorsal rays; 10 caudal rays; pectoral rays not detectable; 14-15 trunk rings; 51 tail rings; snout 1.5-1.8 in head; orbit 5.8-8.7 in head; brood pouch not seen; largest specimen examined 181mm SL. Description.- Ridges of body smooth and generally not accentuated. Osteology basically the same as in extant species of Syngnathus. Plates small, width of trunk plate less than orbit diameter. Dorsal about as high as depth of adjacent body. Comparisons.- S. emeritus is unusual in having 15
  3. oilshale

    †Argyropelecus bullockii DAVID, 1943

    Taxonomy according to fossilworks.org. Description from DAVID 1943, p. 11: “Length of head 37,5% to 41%, depth of head 43,8% to 58.8%, depth of body 50% to 63.8% of length of body. Vertebrae 38; 2 small abdominal spines; 12 abdominal lanterns; 3 + ? postabdominal lanterns. Supraneurals project above body for a distance equal to four-fifths of base of dorsal fin. D. =9; A. = 12.” Line drawing from DAVID 1943, p. 60: Photo of a recent Atlantic silver hatchetfish ( Argyropelecus aculeatus) from Wikipedia by SEFSC Pascagoula Laboratory; Collection of Brandi Noble, NOAA/NMFS/SE
  4. Rocca Hombre

    Mollusk fossils

    The specimens that I've collected have washed down from the Monterey Formation, there are three watersheds that flow away from this Formation, I have agatized mammal bone, oysters, and agates from clams, muscles, these are two bivalves, the same species's one is quite larger than the other, also agatized oysters
  5. Greetings all. I had forgotten about this piece of shale that I split while at Jalama a couple of weeks back. To my eye it looks like either a land insect, or possible a sea bug, like a shrimp. Then again, it may be nothing. But just in case it's just to the right side of almost nothing, I figured I'd post an image or two. Thanks for any input provided. Cheers. Rats, I forgot the size reference/index. Length is ~15mm. Exploding fish reference thread. Monterey formation in Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
  6. Greetings experts, enthusiasts, and fellow pareidolia sufferers. I just got back from spending a couple of nights at Jalama Beach Park. I did manage to get in a little bit of rock splitting while there. I didn't see anything fish-like. After searching for a bit before my back said "no more", I reached the pick end of my hammer over towards a larger chunk of material and gave it a whack on the side where I thought it would split. It split nicely. At first I didn't see anything, and maybe I still didn't see anything, but something did stand out as unusual no matter what it actually is. At t
  7. I’ve received a chunk of what I believe to be a marine mammal bone from a diatomite mine in the Monterey Formation in Southern California. It is from the late Miocene but I’m not sure what mammal or what bone it is. I know this is a long shot as there isn’t much to go off of but anybody have a clue?
  8. Hi! I did search for pea crabs from Carmel Valley and did not find any topics on The Fossil Forum. So, I decided to fill the gap with few links hoping that others will also share the experience.
  9. So, I have two more fossils (I think), that I could really use help with.... Both found in same location(s) and formation(s) as my prior posts. The first, looks like the impression of a mollusk/shell to me (about 3/4' in diameter) ??? The second, I cant even begin to guess as I would probably be wrong anyway. lol Its corkscrew in shape and about 3/4' long. It left a mirrored impression of itself on the opposing rock. Any thoughts???!!! Thanks in advance. :0)
  10. This is the same rock, that I found what looks to be a fossilized insect.
  11. Found this sandstone shale rock with possible insect fossil in the State Park.
  12. sharko69

    California Tooth ID

    Any ideas on this little tooth? C. hastilis or something else. Found in California, Monterey Formation.
  13. Macrophyseter

    Carcharocles megalodon (Joe Cōcke collection)

    From the album: Elasmobranchs

    I do not own this rare tooth. It is from the collection of paleontologist Joe Cōcke, which he found locally and gladly allowed me to photograph.
  14. Macrophyseter

    Albicetus oxymycterus drawing

    Here's a new paleo-reconstuction I drew since the past two days of Albicetus oxymycterus, which is a mid-Miocene raptorial physeteroid none of you have probably heard about. Special thing between this little Moby-Dick and city I live in is that although it was not discovered directly in PV, it was discovered very nearby in Santa Barbara in the same formation and sublayer that exists here which highly suggests that it also swam here 16-14 million years ago. I tried to make this as scientifically accurate as possible using the resources I had, which included the entire 2015 paper es
  15. AncientEarth

    Monterey Formation Crabs

    I've been fairly absent from the board the last month and the reason is I got crabs, and the good kind. It was posted a couple years ago by a one time poster/user about Pinnixa galliheri (Rathbun, 1932) from Atascadero, CA, I had since been looking for similar outcrops in the area, considering his front yard is off limits to collecting. A friend of mine, another fossil nut, found a small outcrop by chance while on a walk. The shale is denser and more silicious than the classically known localities near Carmel, CA, also has more iron staining in certain layers, while others we call "Ghost Cra
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