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  1. Hello: Would like to know if anyone can help identify the several impressions on the rock in the attached photos? I am guessing that the roundish impression could have been made by a crab shell, but the other one is a mystery. There are also numerous tiny white all over the rock surface and wonder if these were left by small creatures. The "crab shell" measures 1.5 mm across. The other impression measures approx. 4 mm in length and approx. 2 mm tall. It was collected years ago just north of Santa Barbara. Thank you.
  2. G.Pedersen

    Help Identifying Fossil Impression

    Hello: Would like to know if anyone can help identify the attached fossil image? This fossil impression was collected years ago north of Santa Barbara. The impression measures approx. 10.5 mm long. Thank you.
  3. oilshale

    Syngnathus emeritus Fritzsche, 1980

    Taxonomy according to Fossilworks.org. Fritzsche 1980, p. 218 : "Diagnosis.- A Syngnathus with 43-47 dorsal rays; 10 caudal rays; pectoral rays not detectable; 14-15 trunk rings; 51 tail rings; snout 1.5-1.8 in head; orbit 5.8-8.7 in head; brood pouch not seen; largest specimen examined 181mm SL. Description.- Ridges of body smooth and generally not accentuated. Osteology basically the same as in extant species of Syngnathus. Plates small, width of trunk plate less than orbit diameter. Dorsal about as high as depth of adjacent body. Comparisons.- S. emeritus is unusual in having 15
  4. Over the weekend, I decided to take a trip to the Santa Monica mountains for a hike and a fossil hunt. There was information about the site in "NEW UPPER PALEOCENE SPECIES OF THE BIVALVE PLICATULA FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA" by Richard L. Squires and Louella R. Saul, which contains Late Paleocene marine life. This is probably a good opportunity to warn fellow hunters that it is not a smart idea to go quickly up a canyon in near 100 degree heat. Under the early afternoon sun I walked too quickly and made the mistake of not pacing out the hike! Despite plenty of water intake I was sti
  5. jort68

    Shale ID?

    Hey all! I got out today to hang out on the beach and ended up searching a shale scree not far from where I parked in santa barbara, CA. This looked like it had fossiliferous potential so I grabbed it along with a good amount of nice malachite. A tube-like shape with white crystal-like openings which measures about an inch in this piece of shale. Curious to se what you think and thanks as always!
  6. Trilobiting

    Fossil Sites in Santa Barbara?

    I've heard there are whale bones and petrified wood found in beaches in Santa Barbara, are there any specific sites that yield these specimens?
  7. I had a free morning last weekend, so I drove out to Jalama beach. A while ago while searching for good places to fossil hunt near Santa Barbara I saw this post and since then have stopped by twice for a few hours each to crack rocks without any luck. This time I finally found myself a Jalama beach fish. It's not in good enough shape to identify (for me, anyway), but it's nice to finally get something. I had read that the south side of the beach is more fossil rich, so I walked south until I didn't see any people and then started working my way back. The fossil-rich layer is a beige layer
  8. Guest

    Whale bone?

    Any input would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
  9. From the album: Vertebrates

    Hipposyngnathus imporcitor FRITSCHE, 1980 Miocene Santa Barbara California partial fish
  10. Taxonomy according to Fossilworks.org. Diagnosis from Fritzsche, 1980, p. 217: "A Hipposyngnathus from the upper Modelo Formation of southern California with about 22 dorsal rays; 20-22 trunk rings; 42-44 tail rings; snout 1.5-1.9 in head; orbit 7.8-12.0 in head; pouch rings equal to trunk rings; pectoral fin present but rays not countable; pouch ridge as long as adjacent trunk. Maximum size known 242 mm SL. Discussion about the genus Hipposyngnathus by Fritzsche, 1980, p. 218: "The genus Hipposyngnathus is unusual in having a very exaggerated ventral trunk ridge. Jerzmanska (1968) s
  11. Cletus

    Possible egg

    So this specimen I found a few months ago camping above Santa Barbara at the beach. It is 3" long x 1-7/8" wide x 1-1/2" thick. I was walking below cliffs that I could see other small shelled creature fossils. I decided to break apart some hardened sandstone. Inside I found this encapsulated in the sandstone. Any ideas? Let me preface by stating that my geological background isn't that deep. I do my own research. I have a lot of outdoor experience. I have been doing more research into gems and minerals. I spend a lot of time fishing beaches
  12. oilshale

    Hipposyngnathus imporcitor Fritsche

    From the album: Vertebrates

    Hipposyngnathus imporcitor Fritzsche, 1980 Miocene Santa Barbara California Length 20cm
  13. Macrophyseter

    Albicetus oxymycterus drawing

    Here's a new paleo-reconstuction I drew since the past two days of Albicetus oxymycterus, which is a mid-Miocene raptorial physeteroid none of you have probably heard about. Special thing between this little Moby-Dick and city I live in is that although it was not discovered directly in PV, it was discovered very nearby in Santa Barbara in the same formation and sublayer that exists here which highly suggests that it also swam here 16-14 million years ago. I tried to make this as scientifically accurate as possible using the resources I had, which included the entire 2015 paper es
  14. Trilobiting

    Jalama Beach

    I've heard of fossilized fish being found on Jalama Beach. Is there still lots of material being found there?
  15. I picked this up from a dried up river bed about 16 years ago. Santa Barbara, 154, Cold Spring Tavern area, approx. ele. 1800'
  16. jamesrolfe

    This Bone Looks Very Humerus

    This bone fragment was found in a pile of coarse gravel outside of my condo in Santa Barbara. I do not know the source of the gravel. Please help if you can identify it or have any clues. Looks like it might be the distal end of a humerus.
  17. I’d really appreciate any help on this: I just bought a couple of fossil specimens that were described as: Middle Miocene, Monterey Shale Formation. Tranquillon Peak ashfall grading into regular sediments. Rezner Quarry in Tempesquet Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California. The fossils were collected in 1999. I’m trying to find out anything more about the locality. Has anyone ever heard of this quarry? Does anyone know where it is? Does anyone have any suggestions for contacting someone who might know more? I’m not looking to collect there (I live hundreds of miles away!); I would just
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