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  1. Kimberlily73

    Found in the South Toe River

    Hey all! We uncovered these two horn/tusk/tooth looking items under silt and huge rock on a bend in the South Toe River in Burnsville, NC. Any ideas? We thought maybe steer? They aren’t scratchable with a finger nail and one definitely has some pattern at the tip. We are more curious than anything to find out if anyone knows what they might be. Could totally just be roots or wood but thought we’d check.
  2. so I know that in order to hunt for fossils at the braidwood area you need a permit (https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/Parks/Activity/Documents/MZB_FossilPermit.pdf), but i’m not entire sure how to get one when i search up online a PDF comes up that can be filled out. Do i just fill this form and then send it to the DNR? Also, who can get the permit? Like, would it be limited to scientists/professionals or can the general public sign up for it too? Any clarification would be really appreciated. Also, let’s say I got the permit. What would be the best places to
  3. This question came to me after thinking about a few fossils I bought online a little while ago (trilobite, fish). Are these types of fossils normally coated with anything to protect them from the environment, or is that something for the purchaser to do?
  4. Hello, I'm a novice hunter and need help identifying two specimens. Thanks for any info u can give found 40 miles north of cookville tn. Thanks
  5. ancientremains

    Orthoceras Tower Question

    Greetings! I borrowed this image from the internet for a reference. What is the unpolished matrix that the orthoceras are embedded in, is that fossilized limestone (aka marble or dolomite)?
  6. I'm curious. Why are Fossils in Matrix, so Popular? Is it the impression that they are "as found", and somehow more genuine? Inquiring minds, want to know.
  7. Packattack

    Fossil or rock?

    I found this thing near the hoodoos in drumheller alberta and it doesn't look like any rock I've ever seen.
  8. I think I know this answer but is feasible that a piece of petrified (real) could have an end of it that was cut (doesn’t appear like a newcomer) it’s just a chopped off end in a perfect cut but not like a shear break and this piece is course like it wouldn’t break like that if it broke and it looks original. Not sure if that makes sense. It’s a whitish piece and came with a cross section slice of another piece that was with it. But I know to be petrified it was before mankind so couldn’t be cut back then?
  9. Hello! I am taking a trip to where I will soon be moving. To San Antonio, Texas (or to be exact, Helotes). I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips as to where some good spots are that are less than 30 minutes away from San Antonio, TX or Helotes, TX. I'd appreciate a response including the site and the fossils you can find there. Thanks so much! ~ Rise
  10. TyrannosaurusRex

    Mazon Creek Freeze/Thaw

    Howdy folks. I had a question about soaking mazon creek nodules before starting the freezing process. I’ve had mine soaking in water for 2 days (prior to the first freeze, will be several more days), and there seems to be oil on the surface of the water. Is this normal, or is it something I should be concerned about? This is my first time doing this, and I just want to make sure I’m doing it right. It is just plain water, I’ve added nothing else to it. Thank you!!!
  11. Parker Brown

    Orlando Shark Teeth Hunting Question

    Hello everyone, This is my first post on the Forum and I am excited to start talking with everyone on here. I know most shark teeth are found around the Peace River system and around South West Florida. My good friend works on a construction site just east of Orlando where they are digging a quite deep retention pond and he got us got permission to try and look for shark teeth in the walls of the site. I know people do this in South West Florida with retention ponds there but I have never heard of people doing it outside of Orlando. Is this worth taking a day to try an
  12. fossilhunter21

    8315-C Air Scribe Question

    Hi everyone! So I really like the PaleoAro from paleotools.com but I would rather not spend $470. So I am just wondering if the 8315-C from qtena.com would work with the PaleoAro bushing and PaleoAro stylus from paleotools.com? Thank you in advance! -@fossilhunter21
  13. Hi Community, I am not quite sure what my latest addition to my fossil collection really is. Kryptodrakon? Kunpengopterus antipollicatus? Confuciusornis? (But there is no tail and no indication of feathers) Monkeydactyl”? Please help me in identifying what it really is. Size: 12" by 10" Many thanks, Peter
  14. . . . . . . . . . . . . Looks like some kind of Ammonite perhaps - found near to Filey (Hunmanby Gap/Reighton Sands). Question is, if it is a fossil, where do I WALLOP it with the hammer, please?
  15. fossilhunter21

    Oreodont question

    So I am thinking about getting an unprepared oreodont skull. But I was wondering how hard it is to prepare one and if I should buy something less expensive to work on? Thanks in advance! Ps. I have a little bitt of experience with preparing fossils.
  16. Hello all, I have a question about fossil fragment souvenirs sold in various gift shops. Does anyone have information on who/what company distributes them? I bought one not too long ago, and from the tag I can’t gather much on the company or location other than being made in USA. I know an ID is impossible, and am just trying to find a possible formation of origin. The only thing I could find is Google searching 1586b and having it possibly be from Utah. Thanks as always!
  17. I want to get into collecting fossils but can't seem to find anywhere to go, is there any places on the Delmarva peninsula where I can collect fossils?
  18. BlastCat


    Collected from here, let me know if you need additional information or more detailed photos.
  19. Vnaz50

    Rock or Fossil?

    I found this rock on the edge of the hill in my backyard in Helotes, Tx. The previous heavy rains have exposed a lot on my hillside. I am in sure what the wood looking pieces are in pictures 3&4. If anyone is familiar, that would be great.
  20. randyrn72

    Mammoth Tusk?

    Hello everyone! I recently dug this out of a stash that's been in my family for a while. It appears to be a mammoth tusk section (with one end polished). Also, the outer part appears to have "bark " like characteristics and the polished side looks to have a different color that by other pieces I own. It appears to have schreger lines , but looks a lot different from other's I've seen in the past (color, texture, hole in middle ). This was in a box with several other items, including petrified wood. I am obviously not familiar with tusks and just wanted to see what the forum members
  21. Hi Everyone, I'm very new to fossil hunting and was considering going down to Cory's Lane in RI as it's only about 40 minutes from me. I scoped the place out on Google Maps and have some questions for anyone that's hunted there. Do you need a permit to fossil collect in RI? It looks like you can't collect in state parks, but I don't think this area is a state park. I'm actually not even sure if it's town property or private? Google wasn't much help and I'm not really sure which department it would fall under to go through state websites. Are people actually
  22. I've been looking at some Russian bugs, but all of them have anywhere from 2-8% restoration. I'm still new to collecting, so I'm not sure how much restoration is too much.
  23. Shannon_marie

    What's this shiny stuff?

    I've broken apart this ammonite, what is the shiny stuff, especially 20210704_183705.mp4 on the side?
  24. So I was wondering what's the best position to display all my fossils so before I buy the equipment to display my fossils I just wanted to see your designs at displaying them
  25. Hi, everyone. I’m brand new here, so, pleased to meet all of you! I’m wondering if any of you know of locations in the US where you can dig for dinosaur fossils (body and/or trace) on a one-day-at-a-time basis and keep some of the material found. Thanks in advance.
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