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  1. JasonZBell

    Found: Very Large Whale Vertebrae?

    Hello All, This is my first time posting here, so I hope I'm doing this right. I did my best to crop the pictures I have and hope I've included what's needed. During our annual Thanksgiving trip, a friend of mine found what appears to be a large whale vertebrae on 11/26/22 in the Monterey Bay Area, between Seacliff Beach and New Brighton Beach in Aptos. Based on the known sea mammals that pass through these parts and a quick Google search, it looks to be a Humpback vertebrate, but there’s also the Blue Whale, Gray Whale, Fin Whale and Killer Whale. My guess is a Humpba
  2. Are there any Santa Margarita fm fossil sites that are still open/able to be collected from in and around the SF Bay Area? I want to try and hunt from the formation but all the classic sites, like bean creek, are now closed for collecting.
  3. Tonight, I was trying to pull up directions for a friend to the wonderful astrodapsis collection site in scotts valley...seems that this site has been posted with no trespassing signs...as indicated by a few posts i've seen online..if this is indeed true...its a loss of a valuable site...its an area that was collector friendly for kids and beginners...it was a wonderful spot that started many collections..I will miss this spot.
  4. I found this on the beach in capitola ca right under the cliffs, any ideas what it could be? its approximately 7 inches and it is still covered in a pretty thin layer of stone but the shape is still mostly clear.
  5. Hi there, I have a collection of Santa Cruz, CA shell hash, from the Purisima Formation. It’s pretty much all non-mineralized mollusks, I think. I received a new piece that seems to be from the same formation (it was a gift from the heir of the original collector who lived in Monterey - the other side of the bay from the formation). The fossiliferous pieces inside this one have a totally different structure - much more of a radial/flakey look. I circled it in red in the first picture, and it’s the only rock in pics 3-6. I’d love to here if anyone has any th
  6. ecastano

    Purisima formation

    My kids founds this fossil in Capitola, as part of the Purisima formation. Curious if it's something obvious enough for you pros out there?
  7. Ornithurae

    Capitola Beach, CA finds

    I recently went to Capitola beach for the first time. I found three of what I believe are cetacean fossils but I am very new to paleontology so I am not quite sure. These were found right on the beach under cliffs in the Purisima Formation. The images are quite large so I will post them in the comments Here is #1
  8. owen

    plant fossil

    i found this fossil plant in the Santa cruz mountains i cant identify the plant here are both sides of it.
  9. ImaTravesty

    Beach shark teeth?

    Found these pieces while beach combing for sea shells last summer. Didnt realize until i got back home and washed the shells that i found these. I know that they are real rough from the sand but i think that theyre parts of shark teeth. I found these in Capitola CA. Am i correct or are they just shell fragments (sorry the pics might be low quality im new and still figuring this posting out)
  10. When I was a kid my father took us to a fossil hunting site in upstate NY where I found a very nice trilobite fossil. My science teacher liked it so much he made a gold ring version of it. Are there any trilobite hunting sites anywhere near SC, CA? I'd love to find another one.
  11. beach_hunter

    A few more Purisima marine mammals

    Here are a few different pieces I picked up near Santa Cruz, hoping to learn a bit more from everyone here and get some help with ID's. My guess was a smaller marine mammal, maybe a pinniped rib?
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