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  1. PR1190

    Oyster: Modern or fossil

    I found this after a tropical storm (Ophelia) in Stone Harbor, NJ. Is this modern or fossil?
  2. Hello, My work is sending me to New Jersey towards late September. This might be a once in a lifetime search, so I want to make the most of it and I'm hoping my fellow members can help. I did some research and wanted to know your thoughts on these places: Big Brook - I love searching for any fossils, but I really want to find a Crow Shark Tooth. I know I'm limited to the number of teeth I can find here. Would this be a good place to search? I know Septmeber isn't ideal, but this is the only time I can get out here. Does the tide vary greaty each day or is it fairly consistent
  3. I remember reading once that the first dinosaur skeleton to have been found in North America was Hadrosaurus. I didn’t know until reading today that it was found in New Jersey. Hadrosaurus foulkii was found in 1858 on someone’s property at the time. Thanks to the brilliant work of an Eagle Scout and later, a fourth grade class, the site was rediscovered and memorialized and the dinosaur became NJ’s state dinosaur! The memorial is just up a short ravine from the supposed dig site. This was a fascinating read and something I didn’t really know much about beforehand, but I’m curious about s
  4. Magma

    What is this thing?

    Found in New Jersey on the beach. It is hard and about 9-10 cm long. I thought it looked like fossilized coral but I'm not sure.
  5. Hey everyone, I live in Southern New Jersey and while I usually spend several days fossil hunting, I unfortunately, did not make it out (yet!). I usually go to Big Brook, and hopefully I will make it there in September. In the meantime, how was everyone else's summer in regards to fossil hunting? Any interesting trips or finds? Hopefully your experiences can encourage me to get out there quicker! :-)
  6. MrsMojoRisin

    Fossils of Big Brook in NJ

    Found this at Hop Brook in Holmdel, NJ. Any ideas?
  7. From the album: Tertiary

    Selenia tumidula Salenioid Echinoid (Regular) 1/2 inch across Paleocene Vincentown Formation Rancocas Creek Vincentown, N.J.
  8. From the album: Tertiary

    Goniaster mammilata Starfish Ossicles 1/4 inch Paleocene Vincentown Formation Rancocas Creek Vincentown, N.J. A gift from HistorianMichael
  9. Ericlin

    Big Brook fossil

    Hello, I found this interesting fossil fragment with what looks like serrations at Big Brooks a few days ago and was wondering if anyone could help Id it.
  10. Hi! My daughter and I found this while we were collecting shells on the jersey shore this past weekend - Aug 6, 2024. I’ve never found anything this cool at the beach! It was washing up on shore during high tide. We were at Avon-by-the-Sea. Let me know if more photos would be helpful.
  11. I could use some help in identifying this very small shark tooth I found in a brook in Monmouth County, NJ. I am thinking that it could be an anterior tooth from a baby Goblin shark (Scapanorhynchus) because of the deep nutrient groove and the slight curvature of the tooth. However, it's very skinny with a very long root and the striations do not appear to continue onto the root. It stands out from the many Goblin Shark teeth I found so far, and I am not 100% sure what it is. Perhaps it's a small symphyseal tooth from a goblin shark? I am still learning to properly I
  12. OneLastSift

    Possible shell fossils NJ New Jersey

    I found these while hunting at a land site in Monmouth county. I usually search on the high regions of the banks of a man made lake, and have found Cretaceous fossils like oyster fragments, Belemnite, brachiopods, and even 1 shark tooth. But today I came across a few of these shells that were only present in this one area. I walked along the entire lake and found nothing else like these. The lake itself does not seem like a suitable habitat capable of supporting snails of this magnitude. This site is also not near the ocean. If anyone has any info or guesses as to if these are fossils or moder
  13. njcreekhunter

    New Jersey Cretaceous Bone ID

    Hey everyone. I found this piece of bone at a late Cretaceous stream in New Jersey. I am hopeful this specimen, though incomplete could be identifiable. I've showed it to several experts and dinosaur seems to be the overall consensus so far. Some people I showed it to believe it is most likely theropod but others are skeptical. I'd love to hear more opinions on this specimen. Thank you in advance!
  14. probablypaleo

    Ramanessin Brook Shark Teeth

    The past couple trips to Ramanessin for shark teeth have been quite productive for the month of July, likely because of all the rain we've been getting. Note: these photos are not in any particular order. I started off grouping teeth by shared characteristics but quickly realized that 1) I do not know nearly enough to accurately identify these teeth 2) holy cow, there are so MANY of them and 3) it started raining outside while I was taking pics. I tried to include a couple close ups. Please let me know if you'd like a closer look at any specific tooth. Constructive criticism and co
  15. Hi everyone, I found two objects at the Big Brook preserve in New Jersey, which is famous for its Cretaceous finds. While I became reasonably good at identifying the common shark/ray/fish teeth, these two objects have me stumped. The left objects looks a bit like a piece of cartilage of some sort? The right looks like a tooth that has two crushing plates on either end, which is kinda weird. Maybe it's not even a tooth. Thanks!
  16. Found this interesting specimen by accident when going for a swim in a lake in Southern NJ. Was found with 2 other similarly sized pieces of coral (one honeycomb). 2cm long, 1.25cm wide, 1cm deep Not sure what I'm looking at here
  17. Found this specimen along with 2 small pieces of coral while swimming in a lake in Southern NJ. (Also found another piece that I'm trying to have identified here.) 1cm in both directions and about half a cm thick. Appreciate any insight!
  18. Tooth has flat facets running most of the length from the crown to the tip, a hollow crown, and is just under an inch long.
  19. mmaldonado81

    BIG BROOK Fossil Finds

    My first trip to big brook with the boys yielded lots of cool stuff. I’m a fossil noob but read all the forum posts, facebook, big brook website, fossil guy sit, etc before posting. I have some other pictures to post but these i feel are the strongest change of “being something” What is everyone’s thoughts? coolest stuff i think we have, crab arms/claw, a shrimp?, jaw bone, enamel from dinosaur teeth, shark teeth, fossil clams, impressions of clams, sea turtle bone. I am least sure of 9d though i’m hoping it is a tooth of some kind, could very well be a rock!
  20. I am about 84.9% sure that this is a fragment of a mosasaur tooth. However I have been wrong when trying to id Mosasaur teeth before so I just wanted a few more opinions. It is from Big brook New Jersey and was found in May 2023.
  21. Rock-Guy-17

    Cretaceous NJ Unknowns

    Following up on a recent trip report of mine from Big Brook with some unknown fossils. No experience in this area form me, help is greatly appreciated. Tried to approximate as well as I could 1. has these surface striations that do not appear to be patterns, rounded on one end. My hope is coprolite. 2. has one similar striation across the middle. Bottom of this specimen looks like it has been sharpened to a point Pretty unsure about all of these, but all of them have some surface marking/feature that show it is a fossil.
  22. I fount this a few years ago around Livingston, New Jersey and do not quite know what it is. It is not completely symmetrical and does not quite match any of the other fossils that I have seen found in this area. I did see a Cycad fossil that had some resemblance but the less exposed side looks a little more different. It may also be a fish scale, tree bark, or even nothing. I think it is from the Towaco formation of the Lower Jurassic based on the location and the color of the rock. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Scale is in inches.
  23. Masonk

    Newbie - Big Brook

    Newbie here, to the forum and fossil hunting. I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and have a couple spots within an hours drive, however so far have only visited Big Brook on a few different occasions with my family over the past month. Definitely addicted! Thought I would share some of my finds. All are fairly common, but totally amazing to me. Not sure on the ID of a few of them, and some I'm not sure if they are even fossils. I find your mind tries to make something out of nothing, especially with rocks. In any case, thanks for looking, and a
  24. Just found this while hunting today at Big Brook. Not sure if it's fossil or modern, but I'm pretty sure it's a bear claw. Can anyone tell me what I've found here? Thanks!
  25. OneLastSift

    Fossil Leaf from Big Brook New Jersey

    Hi everyone, This is the first fossil plant I’ve ever found at big brook in NJ. I found an orange colored rock in the stream bed and saw some odd patterns hidden within. Later when I got home, I tried to take off a layer of rock, and to my suprise, there was a leaf impression. There were other plant impressions within other parts of the rock. I would love to know how old it might be, or if it is more recent and not a fossil at all. Thanks! FullSizeRender.mov
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