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Prospecting the San Juan Basin
PFOOLEY posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsIt was hard to believe that six years had passed since I last visited the badlands of the San Juan Basin...if you are interested, I posted a few of those previous trips here and here. With a new field season upon us, @Opuntia and I made our first (of hopefully many) exploratory mission to the Upper Cretaceous Kirtland/Fruitland badlands of the SJB...
Jay Dubya's Petrified Wood
Jerry W. posted a topic in Member CollectionsFriends, I seem to collect lots of petrified wood in my nearly-every-weekend outings into the oil patch in the county where I live. Much of what is found are small little bits and pieces and a whole lot of it is really pretty. Some I will try to identify and those may earn their own topic entry, however, others are just nice little pieces that I cut up on my saw and will post the photographs here for y'all to look at. They are just too pretty to not share, you know? All those entered under this topic will be found near my home unless otherwise notated. Some of the petrified wo
Palmoxylon, sp. / Rhizopalmoxylon, sp.
Jerry W. posted a topic in Member CollectionsFor your review, here is a specimen of Palmoxylon, sp. (a fossilized extinct palm tree) found in March 2020 in the San Juan Basin of San Juan County, NM. The area is within the Kirtland Formation, Upper Cretaceous Period. This specimen has been cut to show several views of a transition zone in the root ball where adventitious roots or Rhizopalmoxylon, sp. emerge. The first photograph has been diagrammed to show several features in the transition zone. I have also submitted photos of this specimen in the March 2020 "Find of the Month" contest, and a more complete description o
Fossilized Conifer, anyone?
Jerry W. posted a topic in Fossil IDSome petrified wood found in northwestern New Mexico, San Juan Basin, Upper Cretaceous, Kirtland Formation a couple of weeks ago. The cut slabs are from a log about 6-inches in diameter and my best guess is conifer only because most everything else in that area turns out to be conifer, specifically, Cupressinoxylon sp. Any other opinion about species would be welcome. There are several nice agate bands running through the length of the log and are clearly visible here. The first slab is dry and the second is wet.
Jerry W. posted a topic in Fossil IDI located fossilized turtle shell fragments close to where I live in the San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. I have been told they appear to be Basilemys. Any comments or thoughts welcome.
In The Footsteps Of Sternberg
PFOOLEY posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsIn 1921, Charles Hazelius Sternberg ventured into the badlands of New Mexico to collect Late Cretaceous vertebrate fossils... ...pictured here (circa 1923) with pentaceratops... ...and a shot of his Navajo assistants at "Sternberg's Hoodoo"... ...fast forward to present day, I find myself with an amazing opportunity to walk in his footsteps... ...