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  1. 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
  2. Hey everyone. Last summer I found an interesting piece of late Cretaceous fossil bone with a unique texture in New Jersey. It was later identified as a Nodosaur osteoderm by Ralph Johnson. Dinosaur material in general is rare in New Jersey and this specimen to my knowledge is the second Nodosaur osteoderm found in the state of New Jersey. Recently, I had the pleasure of donating this specimen to the New Jersey State Museum. I am honored to be able to contribute this specimen to science for future generations to study. Here are photos of the specimen.
  3. Hello, I was wondering if anyone can assist in helping to ID some of my recent finds located in Monmouth county. Thanks in advance for any help.
  4. NMGreener

    What could this be?

    Found this today in a brook in Monmouth county. I'm stumped as to what it could be, I was thinking crab but I couldn't find anything to support that.
  5. Marco L

    Ammonite suture?

    Hey there, so I went to Ramanessin Brook a few days ago and found this. It has a reciprocating ridge pattern, so I was wondering if that is an ammonite. Can someone help me id it? Thanks
  6. Marco L

    Ramanessin brook find ID

    Hi there. I found this small black object in Ramanessin brook that I suspect is a fossil, but I cannot identify it. It has a small ridge that forms when the two sides converge. It has many rings patterns that form from the point to the broken end, covering most of the specimen. The broken end appears to have a small hole in the center, which made me thought it was from a belemnite, but no belemnites I have ever found looked like that. The dark parts of the specimen not covered by dirt gives of a shine when I point a flashlight at it not unlike fossilized matter. I would appreciate it if someon
  7. steviefossils

    Monmouth Chub

    Found this chub tooth from NJ Miocene. Tooth is 1.25" on a straight vertical line from left lobe to tip (not along the diagonal). Took a lot of effort: 2.5 years to narrow down a location, and 6 hours of searching. Found it in the last half hr of the trip. Satisfying to have found, but a bigger tooth would have been nice for the effort required. That's just the luck of the hunt though. Hopefully there will be more to come. Thanks for viewing.
  8. Hey, so I have been to both Big Brook and Ramanessin Brook a few times now, yet every time I spend hours there my yield still gets pretty low, and the finds are usually tiny or broken chunks of teeth. I was wondering if there are tips I could use, like which areas of the brooks usually have a higher yield, or just ways you guys have learned to look for fossils quickly. Also, where can I find brachiopod fossils in NJ? I saw videos of people finding online, but have yet to pinpoint an area to find them. Thanks for looking and helping an amateur! Marco L
  9. Kasey

    Any thoughts?

    Found near a river in NW NEW JERSEY. Looked like 2 stones fused together, but I’d like to hear what others think…thanks!
  10. Hi. Hope everyone is well. I found this really cool fossil last week at Big Brook. Has some really great detail and seems not to be water worn. Never saw anything like it. I did research and my best UN-educated guess is an osteoderm? Maybe from a crocodile? Would love some feedback on what this is. Thank you much for taking a look! The measurement is in MM.
  11. hokietech96

    Tooth?? So stumped on this one

    Hi everyone. It has been way to long since I posted anything. Life has been crazy for me. I still stalk the forum everyday. Went hunting this morning for the first time since the summer. I have something that really looks like a tooth. Parts of it do and others parts does not. Really need other opinions on this one. I put it under the microscope because I just cant determine what it is. I hope it is something. Thank you for taking a look! Hope everyone is well.
  12. historianmichael

    NJ Cretaceous Tooth

    I found this tiny conical tooth (~3mm) among some gravel I collected from the Woodbury Formation (Late Cretaceous; Late Campanian) with @fossilsofnj some time ago. The shape seems possibly reptilian but I am not sure I have seen a reptilian tooth from NJ that is so small. It could possibly be fish. The quasi-yellow tip seems fishy but the lack of any obvious serrations and the shape makes me doubtful. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  13. Dmgs11

    Rocks or something else?

    Hi, Are these 3 iron concretions or something else? Found in Monmouth county area
  14. Marco L

    Big Brook find

    Hello again, this time I found this fossil encased in rock or sediment in Big Brook. Unfortunately the rock is quite solid and I can't remove it. The fossil seems shell-like. Would appreciate a lot if someone could figure what it is. Also any ideas on how to remove the rock, would acid etching work?
  15. Any thoughts on what type of tooth?
  16. Dmgs11

    Found in Atlantic Highlands

    Found this off a bay side beach near Sandy Hook in Atlantic Highlands area of NJ. It appears to have fenestrate bryozoan on the piece. Any thoughts on the host? - not magnetic - sounds like stone when tapped - a piece broke off and it seems to be stone-like at the core - here is a short perspective video that also may help with additional viewing angles https://youtu.be/iwzvSiYMoWs
  17. Found at Sandy Hook in the Atlantic Highlands area on a bay side beach.. any thoughts? I haven't done the tongue test, but it does seem to 'stick' to a damp finger.
  18. Dmgs11

    Coral or Fossil?

    Found near Sandy Hook NJ. Last photos are under a microscope. Thoughts?
  19. Hello everyone! This is my very first post here and I really hope to get some help with identification. Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I have been finding these cylindrical fossils in a coastal area of NJ that was once covered in ocean. I don't have much information on the area but was told by one paleontologist that fossils from here typically come from 10 mya and marine mammal fossil finds are relatively common. He took a look at some of these photos and could not offer any possible identification or ideas. I have been able to find bits and pieces and glue them toge
  20. historianmichael

    NJ Cretaceous Crab ID Help

    I went collecting today with @Jeffrey P and @frankh8147 in a nearby creek in New Jersey exposing the Late Campanian Wenonah Formation and I came across this concretion containing a crab carapace. Unfortunately the carapace lost its right side to weathering in the creek and the carapace was crunched and broken during fossilization. I checked Richard's The Cretaceous Fossils of New Jersey as well as a few others and I was unable to come up with a definitive identification. Does anyone recognize this crab genus? It seems so familiar to one I came across while collecting in Texas but I have not be
  21. Hi Everyone, We came across another mammal molar in our sifter this weekend. This one is pretty interesting looking and we’re looking for some more help on an ID. Thanks, John
  22. Hello everyone. I'm making my rounds across my different groups and forums, so if anyone has seen these photos before you'll have to suffer through them again. From June through the end of August I locked in on a concentrated area of sand tigers, makos, and my favorite mega-tooth shark: Otodus auriculatus. I didn't find one every trip out, but my most plentiful day gifted me 3, and my last trip out provided me with the largest tooth I have ever recovered from the garden state. I battled minuscule mosquitoes and a horsefly that was every bit horse as it was fly. Despite nature's bes
  23. Hi all— On our most recent trip up to the Monmouth Brooks, my husband and I found this small bone fragment in addition to the usual teeth and fossils we typically find there. We can't decide if it's a fossil or modern bone. I read about the burn test on here, and so we tried it. We didn't note any noticeable smell other than heat, but it did cause a small section of the outside to become brittle and flake away (pictured in the last photo). I'm leaning more toward modern bone for that reason, but I just wasn't sure. Any ideas or other methods to identify it
  24. Found this is ramanessin brook nj. I've been going since I was a kid and have never found anything like this. Any help IDing is very much apreciated.
  25. marcltetreault

    Mystery Oyster content

    So, I found a large complete Oyster at Poricy Park, NJ and was cleaning it as gentle as I could as it is very fragile but after a while of running warm water over it the two halves separated in it was nothing but hardened mud, silt or clay of some sort. But inside to one edge of the shell against the bottom half was something hard, not round but triangular in shape with about 1/2” sides. This was the only thing found within the two halves except for the very fine sediment. Opinions?? Thank you.
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