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  1. Raysun

    Local find

    Found in Grant county by my aunt . I'm sorry I don't have more information. Hoping you can identify this piece .
  2. Raysun

    Another bin find

    This has a very strange texture and it's heavier than it looks. Looking for answers please.
  3. Welcome to another microscopic look into the wonderful world of coprolites. Here we have a squished (flattened) spiral coprolite from the prehistoric floodplains that now form the Bull Canyon Formation in the badlands of Quay County, New Mexico. Today's mystery was most likely not ingested. Many times the posterior (non-pinched end) of spiral coprolites can be hollow. I may be wrong, but I think this branchy thing (for lack of a better term) slipped in after it was expelled. To me this looks like part of a branch from a delicate coral - but the poop was in fresh water. Any ideas?

    Spathites puercoensis

    Spathites puercoensis was originally described as Buchiceras swallovi in: The Geology of the Albuquerque Sheet (Herrick and Johnson, 1900) Later, the species Spathites puercoensis was formally illustrated in: The Late Cretaceous ammonite Spathites Kummel & Decker in New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas (W.A. Cobban, 1988)
  5. It was hard to believe that six years had passed since I last visited the badlands of the San Juan Basin...if you are interested, I posted a few of those previous trips here and here. With a new field season upon us, @Opuntia and I made our first (of hopefully many) exploratory mission to the Upper Cretaceous Kirtland/Fruitland badlands of the SJB...
  6. tekknoir


    Hi all, I'm curious about this piece of wood I found with some interesting, round nodules on the surface. Could it be some species of lycopod? About 3/4 inch in length. Found in Doña Ana county, New Mexico. Camp Rice formation. Thanks for any suggestions!
  7. tekknoir

    Another Wood vs Bone Query

    Hi again Fossil Forum. Picked this one up while I was out collecting petrified wood, but it certainly looks more like bone to my amateur eye. What do you think? Found in Dona Ana county, New Mexico.
  8. tekknoir

    Another tiny... something...

    Don't ask me how I find the tiniest things in existence, it's a gift, lol. I don't have a proper scale on hand, but the stone is about 7mm, corner to corner at the longest. I was thinking maybe a partial crinoid or some sort of arthropod, but the underside is dimpled sort of like volcanic rock, so maybe it's just a feature of the rock and nothing more? I'll try to add more details when I get home. Found in Doña Ana county, New Mexico.

    Turonian echinoid

    I recently found an echinoid in the Prionocyclyus hyatti ammonite zone of the Upper Cretaceous (Middle Turonian) Semilla Sandstone Member of the Carlile Shale. These creatures are not common and until now... ...I have only found fragments. After a quick clean and some photos, I wonder if there is enough diagnostic material left on this crushed and eroded specimen. scale= 1/4" I do not know much about echinoderms, but I am very much interested in learning
  10. tekknoir

    Wood, Bone or Weird Rock?

    I tossed this one in my petrified wood pile because that's mostly what I find out here, but sometimes I see pictures of bone fragments that look similar or that I would have taken for wood had I found it. So what do you guys think? It doesn't stick to the tongue and shows details that could be porousness... but could also not be... There's no obvious cell structure that I can make out. Follow up question: Are there any good ways to tell the difference between wood and bone aside from wood cell structure or visible marrow? This was found in Dona Ana county, NM.
  11. tekknoir


    I picked up a stone which had a nice crinoid segment imprint on it. Under closer investigation, I found other microorganisms as well. Any idea what they could be? Crinoid is 2mm and the microorganisms are 1mm at the largest. Found in Doña Ana county, New Mexico.
  12. tekknoir

    Tiny, partial brachiopod imprint?

    Yay or nay? 13mm by 7mm stone, imprint itself is only 6mm by 3mm. Found in Doña Ana county, New Mexico.
  13. Txaggiearcher

    Wood or Bone?

    Found in NM badlands. I thought it was petrified wood but someone suggested it was fossilized bone. There are definitely dinosaur bones where this was found so wanted thoughts.
  14. rojstal

    Help identify tooth please.

    I found this tooth In desert near Albuquerque New Mexico. Could it be some kind of marine reptile? I would appreciate any ideas about ID. Thanks
  15. curious kat

    Some kind of large Molar?

    Just found this, I think my horse might have uncovered it. We're not sure what it is, but from looking online it might be some kind of worn molar, but not from a horse or cow, but what? On one side it looks like it had been broken at one time, but it's all pretty smooth, no jagged edges. There's a lot of clay in the area & not even sure if it's a fossil or not? Thanks for the help!
  16. ChrisSarahRox

    Tell me what it is not...

    Looked odd , found them both along roadside very near to my petrified log find ( not implying they are related) your input is greatly appreciated.
  17. A nice, little piece I found on my lunch break today. Found in Dona Ana county, New Mexico.
  18. ChrisSarahRox

    I want to believe...

    This one was found in the foothills of the Florida Mountains just south of Deming NM I have not been able to find the areas age as of yet but I will keep looking.
  19. tekknoir

    Another mystery rock

    Ok, fossil forum, I've got another thing I'm not sure what to make of. A partial black stone about 3/4 inch long, with some interesting texturing on one of the flat sides and some porous dimpling on the rounded side. Found in Doña Ana county, New Mexico. Any ideas what it could be?
  20. ChrisSarahRox

    Highway cut through find

    This one marks a very profound moment in my life. While out carnelian hunting 3 years ago on a dirt road heading out to the "Gray Ranch" , there had been plans at the time to pave but funding was never granted. The work had already begun and parts of the road had already been graded and widened. Among the roadside rubble was this curious looking "driftwood" so naturally I had to investigate. It was barely visible as only 5 or 6 inches was above the rubble pile. To my absolute amazement this log was no longer a log but a solid rock. I said it marked a profound moment because the following day I
  21. Dani O.

    Dimetrodon Claw?

    I'm hoping someone can help me identify this fossil. I believe it could be a claw of some sort. I was super stoked to find it.
  22. ChrisSarahRox

    Possible fish scale?

    Found very close to my last two posts and very recently. Also this was on the surface and found in Hidalgo County NM and the area is from the Maastrichtian epoch.
  23. ChrisSarahRox

    Ocean dwellers?

    Was found in Hidalgo County NM and the area is from the Maastrichtian epoch. Curious to know more about it.
  24. ChrisSarahRox

    What could this be?

    Found in Hidalgo County NM and the area is from the Maastrichtian epoch. I know what it looks like however I know it's probably just geologic. Also, this was found among other smaller pieces similar in texture and color in approximately 20 square meter area.
  25. These were both labeled as Dromopus "Marsh" (seller mistook discoverer name for species). While the larger prints do seem to look like Dromopus to my amature eye, the smaller print may be something else. Both were consolidated with Elmer's glue (explaining the glossy appearance).
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