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  1. kirkjeremiah23


    Found some suspected Basilosaurus material today. Buudy found a large vert. I found this partial rib bone. Cant complain!!
  2. I found these on the beach in The Netherlands. I would appreciate if someone would tell me if they are fossils or just rocks and what they are, if fossils. In the case of the sand dollars, I don't know if they are skeletons or fossils. They are hard and I can't break them. Thank you so much!
  3. I am going to take my 9 years old son to California in mid February for a week. We plan to collect shark tooth at Ernst Quarries and we also want to collect other fossils along the coast from San Francisco to LA. I did many research and found a few sites that we really want to go. Bean Creek at Scotts Valley for sand dollar, Capitola Beach for shells and maybe whale bone, Carmel valley for crab, and Jalama Beach for fish. I did more research and found out that the Bean Creek location is off limit now. I would like to ask if the other places still ok. We will fly to LA and driv
  4. Checked out a new rock store and have always wanted an Ammonite fossil. Was browsing and wanted to make sure this and the Sand dollar are real? I'm very inexperienced so I can't really tell. Thank you!
  5. Nimravis

    Sand Dollar ID

    I have had this sand dollar in my collection for forever, I alway keep it with a modern one. I have no info on it and it was given to me from a friend. Any ID and possible location would be appreciated.
  6. These are so hard find in the Peace River. I've only found one echinoid and small chunks of sand dollars in 20+ years then kabóom 4 echinoids and 2 complete sand dollars. The sand dollar maybe Melitta Carolinas I'm sure I did not spell that correctly. As soon I manufacture some extra time these and more are gong to FLMNH.
  7. Right up there with the Conasauga Shale further north, the Late Eocene Tivola Limestone is a formation that has become one of my absolute favorites to hunt over the course of my visits to the formation. 2 months ago I went there and got a good series of photos and as always good finds, but I neglected to actually post a proper field trip report. It was the first time in a good while that I had gone fossil hunting, something that I had been absolutely craving for a while in the midst of a sea of university exams that lied ahead in the coming month. When we arrived at the
  8. Caaaleb

    Possible Cretaceous Sand Dollar

    Hello, I found what I believe to be a sand dollar a little over a year ago in a small creek in the DFW area in North Texas. I checked the USGS Pocket Geology on my phone and it said that the area in which I found the sand dollar in was in the Washita Group in the Cretaceous, next to some Woodbine Group members. I recently heard that sand dollars first appeared in the Eocene or Miocene or sometime in the Ice Age. But as already mentioned, I found the sand dollar in a Cretaceous area. Is it possible to find sand dollars in Cretaceous-era rock? Is it a REALLY early sand dollar? Or is
  9. wledswift

    California Sand Dollars

    It s been a while since Ive been on the site, Life interupted our family fossiling adventures for a while. Our daugther, who pretty much leads our fossil and rock hound adventures has gone off to college to become a paleontogist. She was home for the holidays and we had the chance to visit Eureka CA, Samoa Point shortly after the 6.2 earthquake on December 20th. We have noticed in past visits that shortly after quakes large number of fossilized sand dollars appear on the beaches of Somaoa. this is the result of less than half an hour of walking the beach on a rainy sunday afternoon. Hope you e
  10. SafariSam

    Sea Urchin ID Needed

    This is at a museum gift shop so I can't measure or give you the location found sadly. Seems like a sand dollar of some kind. Not really my speciality. Can anyone help me find the specific species? Thanks!
  11. historianmichael

    Shelling Along the Chesapeake

    Inspired by trip reports by other members on the fossil shells of the Middle Miocene Choptank Formation, especially @I_gotta_rock's report from 2018, over the past several months I have made a couple trips to Matoaka Beach Cabins in Maryland to collect some of the incredible invertebrate material exposed along the cliffs and in that way draw the quizzical looks of other collectors there combing for shark teeth. It is a lot of fun to just park myself along the beach and break down pieces of talus with a screwdriver to uncover hundreds, if not thousands, of shells. Unfortunately the shells are i
  12. Wrangellian

    Pliocene? Southern California fossils

    The other day I acquired a few fossils from fellow members of the rockhound club who spend their Winters (except this past winter) down in Arizona and collect there and in neighboring states. They gave me the location via the Gem Trails book they used to find it, but of course that doesn't provide any info on the formation nor any specific IDs for what you find there. I'm having trouble (as usual) finding this information, so I wonder if anyone here has this info handy. I found a geo map of Calif and it appears to be Pliocene in that area, but it doesn't give any formation names. The area
  13. Paton

    Limestone Fossils?

    Hi All, I am new here but have a couple photos of recent finds and would appreciate any thoughts on what they are. These are about two inches long and were found on a decorative limestone slab near a neighbor's pool in Woodside, CA. The limestone was sourced locally. Thanks!
  14. Nimravis

    Fossil Sand Dollar ID

    I have had this piece in my collection and just sitting on a shelf for a very long time. I was wondering if anyone recognizes it and can provide a name, location and age? Thanks
  15. Left sand dollar is modern day I found in the Red Sea on the right is a fossil sand dollar I found embedded in limestone on dry land this is all in Saudi Arabia when I checked the last time it was underwater was in the Cretaceous I want to know as much as possible about this both sand dollars are very different in size and shape for it to adapt this much it must be millions of years old
  16. Hi, Can someone please help me with an ID on the following fossils and how old they may be? Whale tooth (Florida) 80mm long x 25mm wide Sand Dollar (Morocco) 80mm diameter Thanks!
  17. Brondonh

    Large sand dollar

    Hello I was wondering if anyone knew the species of this sand dollar. It's quite large 7.26x6.98" . I can't seem to find a match online that is this size and wanted to be certain they species so I can put on display correctly. It was found in North Port Florida from a lake that was being dug and because it being 20' below and finding Megalodon teeth around it I'm guessing it's from the Miocene to Pliocene Epoch. Any info or links would be most appreciated Brandon
  18. Top Trilo

    Circles on Sand Dollar

    I’ve had this mepygurus marmonti sand dollar from the Jurassic of Madagascar for years now and when I was looking at it I noticed these small circles on the bottom. Are these on every sand dollar, it appears to be a part of it so my guess was some sort of way for tiny legs to attach but it’s just a guess the sand dollar is 7.5 centimeters and each dot is just under 1 millimeter
  19. 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
  20. Hello members of TFF I'm looking for echinoids (sea urchins/sand dollars) to increase my collection of this kind of fossils. I'm interested in all kind of echinoids but what matter for me its the state of conservation. I have for trade several types of fossils from miocene (shark teeth, bivalves, gastropods...), cretaceous (echinoids, bivalves, gastropods) and Jurassic (echinoids, brachiopods, vertebrate material...) Thanks Vieira
  21. Righteous

    Is this a type of sand dollar

    What are these? Seems to fat to be a sand dollar. came from Greene county Alabama
  22. sixgill pete

    Mellita caroliniana

    Pieces of these are very common at this site, however complete specimens are very rare to find. This is the 3rd and by far the best specimen I have found at this site. References: The Echinoid Fauna of the Lower Pleistocene Waccamaw Formation and Upper Pliocene Goose Creek Limestone of South Carolina, USA, with a description of a new Encope species. Adam S. Osborn and Charles N. Ciampaglio, 2019. Scutella caroliniana, Ravenel, 1841. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia Day, ser. 1, vol. 8, pg. 333 Mellita caroliniana, Ravenel, 1848. Echinidae, Recent and Fossil of South Car
  23. Past Hunter

    Cool road find

    While working on a gravel road I found this beside my truck. I thought it was a piece of broken pottery at first.
  24. Thebes

    Encope tamiamiensis

    The sample image here was collected directly from a Drag Line operator's windrow in a lime rock mine in Southern FL just outside of Naples around the Sable Palm area of the Big Cypress swamp of the Everglades in 1997. The specimen has been completely removed from the limestone petrol (lime rock low density ls) matrix. What is interesting is the general shape of the specimen and how this 5 million year old specimen differs from the present day specimen at the same general location. I am guessing the seas of which the archaic specimens existed in were more challenging to exist in general as th
  25. Erin

    What is this fossil?

    Hello, I was shell hunting today on Holden Beach and found, what I believe, is a fossil. It appears to be some type of sea biscuit(based on photos I’ve found online). It is very hard and filled with some type of compacted sediment. Any ideas what it might be and how old it is?
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