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  1. Tonight I decided to stop by the Chicago Rock and Mineral Societies 70th Annual Silent Auction which ran from 6pm - 9pm. This was the first time that I have attended this event and since it was a rainy night and only 40 miles from home I figured I stop by to see what they had. Here are a couple pics of the event- Most people were interested in the Rocks and Minerals and not the few fossils that were offered, and I hate seeing fossils up for auction and no one bidding, so I did and picked up a couple items that I did not need. This first piece is from Mazon Creek and I do love bark, so I got this piece for $3.00- Calamites bark with a great cross section of an internode. Here are 3 pieces of Pennsylvanian black shale that contain Shark Spines- these are from Illinois and I forget which Pit they come from and they only cot 50 cents each. I definitely did not need this next flat of Upper Ordovician Isorthoceras sociale cephalopods, but I could not just let them sit there without anyone putting down the starting bid of $1.00. I wrote down $1.00 and this was the last table to close and no one raised it, so I brought them home. I was planning on collecting from this site again this year after the MAPS Show. These two larger pieces of Turritella Agate from I believe Wyoming were a good price at $2.00 each- one slab is natural and the other slab is cut and polished on both sides. I also picked up these 5 echinoids and 1 gastropod that were supposed to have been collected in July of 1967 in Salenia, Texas- I picked these pieces up for 50 cents each. Here are a bunch of brachiopods and 1 horn coral that I got for a few dollars, but I do not have a location or age on these, If someone can help out it would be appreciated @Tidgy's Dad @Peat Burns- I believe that they are all from the same location. I’m thinking maybe Devonian from New York or Ohio? Here is a small trilobite that may be complete within the matrix- unknown location. I picked this up for 50 cents as well as this other piece with multiple brachiopods, believe it maybe Ordovician Sowerbyella rugosa. All in all, it was a good time and I helped them get rid of some stuff that they did not have to pack up and take back.
  2. Help please. Complete beginner, first time hunting for fossils in Yorkshire, England (kettleness) I have no tools, just my hands and eyes at the minute Ive found a few ammonites which I would like to free. Thus far Ive watched youtube videos and googled only; they make it look so easy with just a hammer. My first attempt I broke the end off my ammonite and now afraid to try again. Please advise for tools and extraction methods? Also, how do I care for them once they are freed? many thanks!
  3. Mess of Things I need Identifyed

    Ok, I went looking for fossils in Renton, Washington state. I also went to Tukwila Washington (supposedly there are plant fossils here.) I found some things and maybe anyone could confirm if they are indeed fossils or something else. I'm not aiming for species of genus, the quality of these are not to that level, BUT if you have an idea, let me know. Thanks all. (I'm going to do kind of a dump here with all my findings.) Fig. A: Found in Green River Tukwila Washington. Not sure just picked the piece up about 1 1/2 inches long. Fig. B: Found in sedimentary rock in Renton Cedar river park. (people have found fossils here before) The picture of the boulder shows where the rock / fossil was lodged into it. Fig. C: I have no idea, it jumped out at me at Cedar River on the river bank next to a natural cut in the sediment. Fig. D: I believe this is old Carbonized wood or something like that but I'm so amateur I probably don't know what I'm talking about. It was found in the sediment (in the picture you can see it sticking out of rock). The Geologic map says Renton is in the Eocene time period but I know wood takes 300 million years to carbonize (So I read) Anyways if you could tell me how this got so deep in the sediments and maybe its age that would be great. (the sediment was on the side of a cliff so it wasn't someone's campfire unless they broke gravity.) Fig. E: Again, not sure. It feels like carbon but maybe with bark or something on it. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The last few images I couldn't take home because they were too huge ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fern maybe: I found this in Renton WA by Green river. Carbonized Log Maybe: I found this streak of charcoal looking substance imbedded in a rock and I cant get it out but it is indeed deep in the rock. You can see on the side that it goes all the way through. Tukwila Maybe Plant: Probably the only fossil I found so far. I have my best bet on this one. No idea what it truly is. Dash Point Leaf?: At Dash point Tacoma Washington I found this chunk of clay with a deciduous looking leaf shape but I did not take it home with me. A lot of this clay had black splotches on it and it was probably only a coincidence. If you made it this far holy cow I'm sorry for just dumping but anything helps. THANK YOU!
  4. I dont have a lot of room in my fossil/computer room,, so when I start to sell off some things,,,,,,,,,, they get in the way. Does anyone else have this problem? Its not a bad problem so maybe I should just quit complaining. or get a bigger room? RB
  5. Which field?

    I just wanted to know what feilds I can work in in the future. I love picking up rocks and fossils, Is there some kind of mix between paleontology and geology? Could I make a living on this kind of job? I am hoping to study in austrailia some day.
  6. some help please

    Hi everyone. I am completely inexperienced in this. I dont even know if I have actually found a fossil. I live in the Karoo and found the attached rocks on one of my mountain climbs. There seems to be a layer of this rock about halfway up and I am sure there are plenty more. If you can advise me. I apologise for the quality of the pictures and hope you can make them out. Thank you so much
  7. some help please

    This is the third of the rocks. They all came from the same area of the mountain. Look forward to hearing from you.
  8. Last October I visited Dave's Down To Earth Rock Shop located in Evanston, Illinois and I put together a picture heavy post in the "Trip To the Museum" section of the Forum. At that time I took pics of a lot of great fossils from different locations and all time periods, if you have not seen that post, you should take a look at it, you would be hard pressed to find this quality of fossils in the largest institutions. Today I picked up my grandson and we drove the 14 miles from his house to Dave's. I usually use a scale cube when taking pics of my fossils, but decided to use my 5 year old grandson instead. As I stated above, Dave's is such a great store to purchase Rocks, Minerals and Fossils- but it also has a fantastic "Prehistoric Museum" in the basement. I have been to many Fossil Stores across the US and I have never been to one that can compare to Dave's or even come close. If you are ever in the Chicagoland area you need to stop by this place and I guarantee that you will leave drooling. I am going to break this picture heavy post into TWO sections. The First section will contain pictures of some of the best, if not the best, of what Mazon Creek concretions can hold. In this section you will also see THREE HOLOTYPE Mazon Creek Fossils- one after Dave, one after his father and the other after his mother. The Second section will pics of some of the fossils that are for sale at the store. MAZON CREEK- The first fossil that I will show is one that I personally found about 25 years ago while sitting on the ground near "Tipple Hill' at Pit 11. This is a rare fossil and the only Mazon Creek fossil that I have ever sold, I really wish that I never did, but it can now been seen but the countless people that visit Dave's. Here are the Three Holotype Fossils-
  9. Hello everyone, I am in desperate need of help with a huge debate I have been having with a friend over fossils preserved in ironstone concretions. From some of what I had read to some advice from other members I it possible to find vertebrate bone among shells and other mollusks preserved in an ironstone concretion. Whether it leaves a trace of the organism, morphs the organic material into the structure of the iron concretion through the decomposition with preserving, or whatever else it may be it seems to be possible. So recently I have hunted a place known to have recorded marine cretaceous shell and other mollusk found in ironstone concretion as well as cretaceous plants in shale, it seems like not to vast of enough study has been done there only from what I know, but since no vertebrate material had yet been discovered there though there can maybe be the possibility. I found these two particularly distinct pieces in iron concretions that exactly mimic the scute structure of soft shell turtle and croc in my opinion, I know how iron concretions are famous for leaving psuedofossils and such but these two pieces look way to exact and since its possible for shells and mollusks to preserve why not scutes? So I am here looking to end this debate, I'm looking for your opinion, can these be labeled as fossils, traces, etc? Or are these among some of the world's best iron concretions and nothing more. Your input especially if you are very experience in this subject would be tremendously appreciated.
  10. These beauties can be found on an auction site. Such reasonable prices, ... too.
  11. Are these even fossils??

    Hey everyone, This is my second post hopefully I can get some answers on these! I found these in a town called Tunkhannock in Northeastern Pennsylvania in part of a mountainous area. They were just in some shale I was breaking up. Any kind of research I’ve done says there’s really not much for fossils in that area. Any ideas?? Thanks in advance friends! 1 2 3
  12. What's this?

    Hi guys, I am not even sure if this is the correct place to ask, but lets give it a try. This past weekend I visited my hometown, Tampico in Mexico (right in the center of the Gulf of Mexico). It is a beach town, and it also has a big River that goes into the ocean so it has been a major port for many years. Recently the local governmet decided to do some maintenance on the beach promenade. A bunch of big rocks were moved from the Tamuin area (112 kms west from Tampico) and basically dumped along the promenade to contain the waves. The rocks have many shapes on their surface and different colors. I am extremely curious to find out what they are, but being an accountant I am absolutely clueless. If anyone knows what these are or can direct me to another forum where I could ask please please lemme know.
  13. Oyster Looking rock

    The person who owned my home before me left quite a rock collection around my yard. I seriously thought this was a cow patty when I first saw it. But upon closer examination it was just a weird, oyster shaped rock in a grey limestone like clay. It has shell casings around a few of the ridges and seems to have an oyster like shape. It also has small clear crystals that crust some of the ridges and crystalline matter mixed into the grey sludge clay its encased in. It weighs a lot, so I didn't think this was a fossil, but a friend who has more experience with fossils thinks its a fossil. I might upload some better pics later after I charge my camera.
  14. 3 Bland Rocks

    Hey guys, I’m currently in Dallas for work and was walking home when I saw some weird rocks by the side of the path. Two of them put me in mind of coprolites, and one like a bit of bone or petrified wood. I’m very open to these being nothing, too. Any ideas? Thanks! Robbie
  15. Petrified Wood. ID help and discussion.

    Over the past couple weeks I have seemed to find multiple variations of petrified wood. In this picture the top few pieces were all found in the same area and some of the smaller pieces that I found have little crystals throughout them (like the one in the top of this image). The piece I found on the bottom confuses me because it resembles wood but also has a mineral/rock look to it. I have read into agatized petrified wood but I still don't know much about that process. In the past I have found very large pieces of what I believed to be petrified wood but the majority of the piece resembled a crystal. Unfortunately I don't have those with me but will post a picture of them when I get home. Any info and help on the subject would be appreciated. Also sorry the picture posted weird. When i refer to the top I mean the right side of the image. Thanks, Nic
  16. Hello! I'm new to this website and I'm wondering what interesting geological things and fossils I can find in Northern Illinois. I'm new to geology and fossils so any tips/education would be welcome! Thanks!
  17. I have 11 rocks that I believe contain fossils. Is there anyone on here who can verify if these are indeed fossils? These rocks were obtained years ago in Texas while oil drilling. They were found at approx 50-60- feet below the ground.
  18. After visiting the MAPS Show yesterday in Iowa City, I decided to stop by a small show that was held in a Western Suburb of Chicago. It was the 50th Annual Des Plaines Valley Geological Society Show and it was the first time that I have attended. It is a very small show that is really geared towards rocks, minerals and jewelry, but there was one vendor that I saw there that had fossils. She had various items for sale, but the prices were quite high for many of the items ( i.e. 1" portion of a Spinosaurus tooth for $150.00), but being a local show, I do like to purchase 1 or 2 items to help the vendors, so I bought a couple fluorescent minerals for my 4 year old grandson and a small bird bone in Tar Matrix (Rancho La Brea, CA), though I think it may have come from Maricopa Brea, CA. Like other shows, they had a couple of displays , door prizes and silent auctions. If you live in the Chicagoland Area ans you have nothing to do tomorrow head out to Des Plaines and check it out- the information is on The Fossil Forums Calendar. Here are some pictures from the show:
  19. GESCI Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

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    “The 38th annual Geodeland Earth Science Clubs, Inc.’s (GESCI) Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show will be held Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11 in the Western Illinois University Union Grand Ballroom. The show is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free, but a free-will donation is used to obtain feature displays for each year’s show. This year’s theme is “Digging the Past: Fossils from Around the World,” and highlights a program by WIU Assistant Professor of Geology Thomas Hegna. LINK
  20. Hello from Virginia as well.

    Found this neat looking rock this weekend. It has a ring around its outer area that looks like bark and is hard as rock. Could this be Petrified Wood?
  21. Central Oklahoma

    I enjoy all types of fossils, rocks, & skulls. I've never hunted my own (except for hanging out in rock shops in Colorado!). I live in Chandler, OK & would love to learn about where I can go to hunt for my own fossils. Just an occasional outing once or twice a year. Any ideas?
  22. bones, sandstone, and rocks

    sorry here are a few I'll send the others
  23. Rockhounding in Central MD?

    I came across a blog talking about Mineral Hill near Liberty Reservoir in Carroll County and thought about taking my son out to look for some neat samples in the old mine dump piles since it's only 30 minutes away. I was wondering if anyone else knew of other places in central Maryland or even the southern half of Adams county PA that are known for interesting rocks and minerals. I know quarries let geological clubs collect on occasion. Sorry if this needs moved to the rock & minerals section or geology section, I thought since I was interested in a specific location this would get better results.
  24. Rock cutting near houston?

    Hey yall, I'm new here so not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask this. Wasn't sure where else to ask. I have a few rocks(septarian nodules) some large, some small that I need to get cut. The largest is about 12" long and 6" wide. Does anyone know how or where I can go about getting these cut? I've thought about using a wet tile saw but I have a feeling I would need a rather large one. I don't want to spend money buying one as I would only need it for about 5-6 rocks, but would be willing to pay someone if need be for the services to cut them. If this is the wrong place to ask, could someone direct me in the right direction? Thanks a bunch!
  25. What are these?

    I've always been curious to what these are. I've seen them in bricks and cement. Are they tiny sea shells? I found these in the river bed.
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