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  1. Found some nice oysters, bivalves and possibly brachiopod (?) in Cierbo Sandstone (Miocene) at about 1800 ft. elevation. The largest oyster measured near 7 inches long and weighed 4 lbs!
  2. Brought my son out to my new secret spot in Contra Costa County, SF East Bay Area, CA (thankfully NOT within any park boundaries). The spot is a deep creek bed around a border where Eocene (Tdu/Domingene form.) and Early Cretaceous (Kbs) meet. There are lots of nice gastropod fossils in large masses of sandstone, a few brachiopods here and there, but my favorites are the many quite large bivalve fossils and whole oyster fossils we found. Today my son spotted a really nice cluster of large bivalves peaking out the wall of the creek bed, and he found another whole oyster! He was so thrilled.
  3. Is "The Fossil Forum" worthwhile? Absolutely. I've only been a member for about a month. I'm new to collecting. Up to this past weekend, I had only bought a few fossils, or had some given to me. I had not even thought of going on a "hunt". But I've read many posts in the past few weeks, and got excited to try it myself. I even purchased some tools, thanks to recommendations on this site, and prepared a backpack of essentials. Then, I researched posts from Texas (where I live) to see where the recommended spots were. Post Oak Creek and North Sulphur River were common themes. I decided to give t
  4. From the album: Cretaceous

    Exogyra costata (specimen with both valves showing the right valve) Upper Cretaceous Navesink Formation Big Brook tributary Colts Neck, NJ.
  5. Hi, I live very close to big brook, NJ and have collecting many beautiful specimens of the oysters there. The oysters there are very unique, as they are some of the best and biggest of the species you can find in the world. I have many various specimens. Ill take any request for size, look, style as they all look different. Perhaps some like a more wavy pattern or separated pattern or a bubbly pattern. Im interested in anything you have to offer! I attached various pics to see. Although I have many and some even better.
  6. A quick half-day trip to a few new sights yielded some exciting finds for me. I'm not well versed in Eagle Ford fauna but here goes! There were many of the boulders comprised almost entirely of oysters and bivalves: I was mainly looking for teeth and had no idea I'd find an ammonite so I was surprised with this find. On of the reasons why I love fossil hunting so much is that you never know what you might find out there! This heron flew in literally 6 ft behind me as I was inspecting the creek bank. I heard a whoosh and turned
  7. shark teeth, left corner is a couple of ptychodus teeth, a black, tiny gastropod. I think on the right are just brown concretions. Below is a large view of bivales. Gryphea at top left a clump of gryphea top right. There's an ammonite tucked in there on the bottom right. At the top gryphea. Others are various bivalves. A black gastropod toward the middle. The brown peanut thing is a concretion.
  8. Mrs PreK Teacher

    Help out a teacher!

    I found hundreds of these in San Antonio and would like to have a few interesting facts for my 5 year old students. My best guess from pictures online was they are exogyra? And they are from the Cretaceous period? I also do not want to give them the wrong information. Can anyone help? The pictures I am sending are all of just one fossil.
  9. For a couple years I’ve noticed an exposed fossil oyster bed in a creek that I regularly survey for work. Recently, I decided to take a closer look to see if there were any interesting fossils besides oysters and found several shark and ray teeth weathering out of the bedrock. I believe these fossils are part of the middle Eocene coldwater sandstone, found in a creek in Southern California’s Conception Coast. I haven’t been able to find much literature describing the fossil shark species found in this formation so I’m not going to try to ID them just yet.
  10. I have enjoyed my trips to NSR and Mineral Wells, but they are a long enough drive from Gun Barrel City that I'm wanting to find closer places to hunt, for days when I don't have all day, or just want to stay closer to home. There isn't much to be found here in Henderson County, but Ellis and Navarro counties, just to the west, are both known to have fossils. I spent some time looking at google satellite images, picked out some likely places to look at, and did some scouting yesterday. It had rained the day before, so while I looked at several possible places to hunt, the only place I ac
  11. craigmontgomery

    Need help identifying these fossils

    Fossil hunting in Long Creek Hood County Texas, found these (all the same shape) fossils. Are they a pelecypod, oyster, gryphaea? Any suggestions appreciated! It almost looks like a weathered bi-valve. See the last pic I posted.
  12. The Jersey Devil

    Utah oysters

    Hello everyone, I found these oysters while driving by in Utah along Cottonwood Canyon Road. I would really appreciate any help on the species and formation they came out of. The outcrop contained a lot of black sand. Thank you. General pic:
  13. Lane7420

    Florida oyster fossils

    I live in the Apalachicola area of Florida. I love looking for unusual beach finds. On a small stretch of bayside beach I find these old oyster shell parts. I am wondering how old they might be. I think they have to be several million years old because there are so many layers of shell. Can anyone give me more information about them? Thank you, clane
  14. ober

    capital reef utah oysters

    Hello all, I’d appreciate help with two sets of oyster fossils from Capital Reef, Utah. This post has one object, another post will have the other, due to photo size constraints. These were collected to the E of Capital Reef, in south of Rt 24, 4.2 miles outside the park, on a road heading south. From other discussion, I see references to a limited range of species found here, some posts on the Forum and other places, say they find a single species (Pycnodonte). I think I have something different.The pictures on this post are a cluster rounded oblong shapes, ranging from about 1” t
  15. Hello everyone! I have been sorting through my collection and have some bivalve fossils to trade. These 5 million year old oysters come from a roadcutting near Shell Hill, in South Australia. The locality is a large oyster bed with 99% of the fossils being from oysters. The locality is believed to be the only one of its kind above the surface in the Southern Hemisphere. There is more shells than what is seen in the photo. In return I would like some other bivalves or shells from your local area. (I am especially looking for shells from European or Asian countries US states other th
  16. PMA

    Are these all oysters?

    Hey, these pieces were found in the Normandy, France at the Falaises des Vaches Noir near Houlgate. I was wondering if these are all oysters and oysters pieces or if theres also something different?
  17. Does anyone know what kind of oyster these are? They were collected within the Cretaceous Glen Rose Limestone near Spring Branch, Texas.
  18. Cgs928

    Forams bound to oysters?

    Hey all, I am working on a project within the Glen Rose Formation of Spring Branch, Texas. Could somebody take a look at these giant forams (Orbitolina texana) and see what the binding organism is. I originally thought they were oysters but now my professor suggests that they make be barnacles instead... These forams are roughly half a centimeter in diameter
  19. Barker, Chris and Nielson, R. LaRell, "Oysters and Mammoths: Fossils in Central Texas, Texas Academy of Science, 2017 Field Trip. Faculty Publications. 16. http://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/geology/16 Also, there is: Bongino, J.D., 2007. Late quaternary history of the Waco Mammoth site: environmental reconstruction and interpreting the cause of death (Doctoral dissertation). https://baylor-ir.tdl.org/baylor-ir/handle/2104/5047 Yours, Paul H.
  20. Hello esteemed experts, fellow learners and everyone else. I discovered lately, north of limassol, northwest of Amathus ancient city, 15 miles in, a 3miles by 1mile oval-ish rock formation, 300-400 ft tall, nice views villas and many nice fossils. I am gathering as much as possible, before it gets totally built over (sadly at around 60% now) So. I know what some of them are, or I could research, but why take the joy of sharing island fossils and the group learning opportunity go to waste? I have 50 or more fossils, 100eds of fragments, many concretions suspected to contain goodies,
  21. crabfossilsteve

    Starfish / Oyster association

    Recently, I did some prep work on a couple of specimens that may turn out to be new crab species. This prep work was done in exchange for some trade specimens that I didn't have in my collection. As part of the trades, my new friend generous provided a starfish fossil. This starfish specimen was loose and a small part of one arm was missing. Since I prefer specimens in the matrix, decided to try to mount the specimen in some matrix. However, since I didn't have matrix from the location, my friend later provided a slab with some oysters in it. Apparently, starfish are often found (when f
  22. that guy

    Fossil of a clam ON an oyster?

    What would you call this? Does it count as a fossil if it's not in sediment? Saw this on eBay advertised as "One in a Billion Ultra Rare Find: Clam Shell Fossil Imprint on an Oyster Shell"
  23. I_gotta_rock

    C and D Canal Video

    I just put together a rather shakey video of the C & D Canal in New Castle County, Delaware in preparation for a trip I'm leading this fall. I didn't find anything Earth-shattering that day, but it gives and idea of the locale and the finds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMfXz-_B5fA&t=93s
  24. stevehf

    chesapeake bay fossils

    i found this in southern maryland in st leonards creek
  25. Jeffrey P

    Big Exogyra from New Jersey

    From the album: Cretaceous

    Exogyra costata (large oyster) Upper Cretaceous Navesink Formation Poricy Brook Middletown, NJ.
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