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  1. Hi everyone. I found this piece of petrified wood in Sonoma County, Ca. I have found lots of petrified wood in wine country because near by we had a volcano erupt millions of years ago. I am just wondering why this piece looks like no other petrified wood pieces I have seen or found. Does this piece look specific to a particular plant species? I was thinking that it looks a lot like a branch or stem of a succulent. Any feedback is very much appreciated.
  2. @lizardite I thought that we should move this interesting reminiscing about northern California geology and paleontology out of the member introduction section so that more people might see it. Continuation from: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/122442-greetings-from-carlsbad/&tab=comments#comment-1339414 Here is one of my interesting finds from the Bay Area. The most recent palm fossil found in Northern California. I could not convince UC Berkeley to keep it.
  3. OldNubbins

    Unknown fossil found in home

    These two pieces were found among some personal items from a friend who passed away recently. No information at all was available. It's possible they were originally found in Northern California but that is purely speculative.
  4. I wanted to very briefly share something really pretty awesome. Some folks here know that in addition to Fossils on Wheels, I also work for the Gateway Science Museum. It’s a small children’s science museum and our fall exhibit is going to be about fossils. We are part of CSU Chico and the Geology Department is using our facilities to do some preparation work on a few fossils for the exhibit. I took some pictures of one awesome specimen. The table in the center of the frame contains multiple pieces of a Shastasaurus. It is a remarkable and scientifically important specimen. It w
  5. Ornithurae

    Capitola Beach, CA finds

    I recently went to Capitola beach for the first time. I found three of what I believe are cetacean fossils but I am very new to paleontology so I am not quite sure. These were found right on the beach under cliffs in the Purisima Formation. The images are quite large so I will post them in the comments Here is #1
  6. fossilsonwheels

    A First for Us

    Carter and I got to do some fossil hunting in the late Cretaceous Chico Formation for the first time last weekend. We had previously not had opportunities to poke around our local formation so we were pretty excited. My kids grew up hiking trails, restoring habitat and rescuing wildlife. They went to work with me frequently and helped out with field work for school. Carter, in particular, really enjoyed the work and the time outside so we were both excited to get outside and do something new. We tried to different locations and our exploration consisted of light surfa
  7. Hi, First time on this site and in need of advise. A BF & I found this sand dollar fossil at Stinson Beach a couple years ago. I want to make an effort to ensure I’m storing it right. I’m also curious how to clean at least the sand off, but maybe separating the large broken chunk from the (fingers crossed) undamaged sand dollar attached. Would that be detrimental to the fossil? thank you for all time & help, I can confidently say I know nothing. X Jake
  8. BethyBoo122

    Fossil in Banded Chert

    This fossil was found near water (Pit One area) in Shasta County, California. It was mostly covered in a hard dirt that took some soaking and a soft tooth brush scrubbing to remove. I could see a tiny bit of the band on the rock through the dirt but nothing else. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I am not sure what this is.... But I do have a guess. Maybe a turtle or small lizard/newt? The underside has what looks like two vertebra or maybe pieces of shell. I am totally out of my element when it comes to bone fossils. With only three toe/finger bones to go on Google
  9. Hi all. We found this on the rocky Pacific Ocean beaches about 50 miles south of Mendocino, CA. To my untrained eye it looks like a winged insect or perhaps scales. Or am I seeing what I want to see? The photos give dimension and one shot is 7X macro. Any thoughts or comments are always greatly appreciated!
  10. DPS Ammonite

    Northern California Bone

    This Miocene/Pliocene bone was probably collected near the coast north of San Francisco in Marin or Sonoma Counties. Is this a whale bone? What part? Is the long narrow bone on top in the proper place relative to the other larger bones or is it unrelated? The length of the bone is 7.5 inches. Note that under the top bone, the 1 or 2 bones appear to have their bumpy and darker non cancellous surfaces exposed. @Boesse Thanks, John
  11. DPS Ammonite

    Miocene Petrified Plant?

    This piece of chert is about 10 millions years old that was found east of San Francisco, CA in volcanic and lakebed deposits. What are the 0.3 to 0.6mm wide tubes- palm fiber?
  12. Julieway

    Is this a fossil? Bone? Tooth?

    Hi, I found this on the beach in Northern California and am just curious to know what it is. I can't tell if it's just a shell or bone or if it's actually a fossil. Just thought it would be fun to find out. Thank you!
  13. theoriginalrods

    Another Day At The Bluffs

    I took another trip out to the Scotia Bluffs, Located in Northern CA, on monday. Here is a description of the geology according to wikipedia: The course of the lower Eel River changes from northeasterly to westerly as it encounters a resistant formation of fossiliferous upper Pliocene marine sandstone 15 miles (25 kilometers) inland from the Pacific Ocean.River turbulence has created deep pools beneath steep sandstone cliffson the northeasterly bank. Tributary streams, including Nanning Creek, cut steep, narrow canyons through the cliffs. The southwesterly bank ofthe river is an alluvial plai
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