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  1. This has been a very busy week for me and my fossil addiction. I was out to the Peace River on Tuesday, attended the Lee County , Florida Fossil Club meeting Thursday, went to the Friday night dinner preceding the FPS meeting and was fortunate to be part of those FPS members who went on a field trip to a Pliocene-Pleistocene Shell Pit in Charlotte County, Florida. I know at least 4 other FPS and TFF members who also participated in this Outstanding Field trip. 1) I have volunteered to write_up this field trip for the next FPS Newsletter. I will do that and when complete, wil

    Seashell rock fossil

    Anyone has any idea what this is? My husband found it in our fields in Crete approx. 400m .
  3. Shellseeker

    A Peace River Location

    As noted elsewhere, I am accelerating into the end of season on the Peace River. More days hunting, less sleep at night. I am finding lots of items to identify, but not much time to photo, and post. Normally I find Pleistocene mammal fossils, but in the huge variety of the Peace River, I sometimes run across something else. Just sharing a different set of fossils. Along with Equus and Tapir teeth, I start finding seashells, most are broken fragments because there are lots of rocks and bedrock in the river, but a few recognizable. Lots of this showing up on my sieve.
  4. Fishkeeper

    "Seashell" display?

    I have a few dozen not-quite-fossilized-yet shells, ranging from 5cm to 1mm, mostly in the range of about 2cm. I also have a glass cabinet that I display modern seashells in, and I'd like to put them in one section of that cabinet. Does anyone have any general display suggestions? I have some of the tiniest ones in little plastic boxes so they can be seen close up, and am thinking of a sort of miniature shelf arrangement to set a lot of the rest on. The cabinet is away from a window, the nearest window has UV film over it anyway, and the fossils don't have much color to them that w
  5. On a class field trip for 3rd Block (3rd Period), we went to Freedom Park to measure slope, air temperature, soil temperature, etc. of the Northern & Southern sides/slopes of hills. In between the hill slants, there was a creek bed. Inside the creek bed, there are fossils that I just had to pick up some. I got this oyster and this other shell. It seems everywhere I go (someplace new in nature, or a field trip) I always find either a fossil shell or seashell or land shell. It's really weird, but cool, because mollusks are my favorite type of fossil. And fossils are my favorite study. I am s
  6. daves64

    Semi transparent shells?

    I recently bought a smallish "fossil kit" online. Just some fossils in a bag from an outfit in West Virginia. I figured there would be a lot of steinkerns & bad preservation. I wasn't wrong in that. Lots of gastropod steinkerns, mangled urchins & urchin spines & star shaped crinoid stem sections. And some shells that seem sort of crystallized that light shines through. 2 reg pics of one of the better ones + 2 pics of light shining through. Pic #5 is an edge view of one of the broken ones & #6 is what I think may be beekite, which is present on several of them. Not really concer
  7. Hi all, As always, I am looking for more bivalve fossils to complete my collection. I saw somewhere that the species Venericardia planicosta (previously also known as Cardita planicosta and Megacardita planicosta), which appears in Eocene European sediments, also appears in American sediments. I often go to Zeeland (south-west Netherlands), and on the beaches of the region, this species can be found. I already found two times an umbo, one of them huge, but to this date I still haven't found a complete one (but I will keep trying!!!). Now, I don't want a Dutch specimen of this speci
  8. Max-fossils

    French Miocene shells

    Hi all, Here are 11 different shells, bivalves and gastropods, that I would like to be able to ID down to species level. I got them in a little bag full of these little shells, . I have a decent idea of the genus of most, but I'm lost as to when it comes to species. The shells are all from Ferriere-Larcon, Loire, France. It says on the label that they are from the "Falun de Pontelivien" ("falun" translates to "shelly", as in "shelly layer", referring to the main components of the layer: fossil shells), and that they are from the Serravallian stage of the Miocene (approx 12 mya
  9. Hey everyone, So today, after my second day of exams, which is why I finished earlier, I had to take the tram home instead of the schoolbus (that I usually take). On my way to the tram station, I noticed that there was some sand on the sidewalk. I looked closer, and saw that there were quite some shells all along the sidewalk. My passion for conchology (which I also have, though it's less strong than my love of fossils) took over and I began hunting for seashells. I only found bivalves, but was still quite surprised with what I got. When I got home, I looked more clo
  10. Rowboater

    rappahannock creek trip

    Finally back from Singapore, so decided to brave (the much cooler) weather. Been away for three months and seemed to be a fair amount of collecting while I was away, hope they did well. I hunted hard for an hour or so with nothing but shells (which I don't usually pick up, but better than nothing!) Found a spot which produced maybe 75 small teeth (two angel shark, a broken cow shark, and teeth with very few cusplets, maybe washed more in millennial tides than those I usually find?) and a few interesting things that maybe I should post on the ID request section (?). Good to get my clothes m
  11. Hi all, So, as some of you already know, my trip to Florida is coming closer and closer I am indeed really looking forward to it! Well, I have some questions about the fossils there. Firstly, for the seashells found there (bivalves and gastropods), I know that many are fossil (mainly Miocene to Pleistocene). Well, I was wondering if perhaps there were any tricks or techniques to recognize fossil ones from modern ones. For example, for the Holland coasts bivalves, the fossil ones are usually thicker, dull, white/light grey in color, and they don't let any (or very littl
  12. Max-fossils

    Which formation?

    Hi all, I have a question for you guys... But I wouldn't be too surprised if you don't know the answer. Well, as a few of you know, my local hunting spot is the Zandmotor, a beach extension in the south of The Hague. You can find some of my finds here: Well, I find many bivalves and gastropods here, that are from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (130'000 - 115'000 years ago). Those shells (like the other fossils found on the Zandmotor) are from pits in the North Sea. Those pits are very rich in fossils, and when boats come to bring the sand onto th
  13. Max-fossils

    A little spot of heaven

    Hi all, This Saturday was a long awaited day. It was meant to already happen 3 weekends earlier, but due to many different annoying factors (bad weather, last-minute activities, etc) we only got to do it later... Luckily this gave me some more time to finish buidling my homemade sifter: When a good day finally opened up for the hunt, we got all the equipment ready and packed the car. We then set off to our 1 1/2 hour road trip from The Hague till our final destination: a pit in the region of Antwerp, Belgium (*). We stopped after an hour of car ride in the vi
  14. Max-fossils

    Scaphopod: species?

    Hi all, Two days ago, during my hunt on the Zandmotor, I found my first scaphopod!!! Is the species Antalis vulgaris, or is it another one? Found on the Zandmotor (Netherlands), from the Eemian stage of the Pleistocene (120'000 years old). Thanks in advance, Max
  15. Shellseeker

    Opportunity knocks

    Just back from a non fossil trip north. Recently had a cataract operation and had a follow up doctors visit. I have been craving fossil hunting activity. On the was home, lo and behold , a dump truck was pulling out leaving a pile of sand , shells and maybe a fossil or two!! I was there for 45 minutes and by the time I left, there were 15-20 others searching and digging thru the pile. Now all I have to do is identify, assisted by MikeR's fantastic gallery of Florida shells some more of the finds. I am attracted to Gastropoda!
  16. Hi all, As well as being a great fossil enthusiast, I also love finding modern remains of life and nature. Like a few of you already know, I am also quite fond of seashells (fossil seashells are one of my favorite things). Minerals also interest me, though I don't know much about them. And anything else to do with nature will get me interested. I just came back yesterday from some fantastic holidays in Greece, and didn't come back empty-handed! At first, we stayed for a few days at one of our friend's house on the Greek island Paros. Then, we spent one night in Athens t
  17. Shellseeker

    Hunting Seashells

    Over this weekend, I managed to arrange a trip to a NE Florida Aggregate trip, meeting up with a number of Seashell enthusiasts for a 4 hour hunt in some brutally hot Florida sunshine. Our group was very fortunate that it was overcast with an occasional breeze and that greatly improved the hunting. The only other TFF member participating was (I think) MikeR and he found much more than I did, and actually knows almost all the names of these seashells. The location is Nashua formation which spans the Pliocene and Pleistocene boundaries. Unfortunately , I left my camera in the car and so my
  18. Hello everyone! Saturday, I went hunting again at the Zandmotor. Even though it is only 25 min away by car from my house, I don't get to hunt there often. First off, a small introduction to the Zandmotor: The Zandmotor is a big beach extension between Kijkduin and Ter Heijde, and it is made by man. The fossils found there are mainly seashells (clams and cockles), which fill the beach, and also mammal bones, which most people search for (most just ignore the seashells, which leaves more for a seashell-lover like me ). Sometimes great white shark teeth are found too, but t
  19. Max-fossils

    2 pholads: Zirfaea pilsbryi

    From the album: @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    Two pholads from the Zandmotor, species Zirfaea pilsbryi.
  20. Hello, I hope today finds you digging. I am a very curious cat, in our garden area, there is a wide variety of rock types. Some are beautiful river rock, we also have an abundance of seashells. Being the amature/hobbiest that I am, I am always trying to learn and look for reasons to be digging in particular areas. The area that I am in now is clay, loads and levels and layers of clay, uugghhhh. Now with that I believe I have found a couple of fossils, oncolites and a type of sponge. The pics are on here. I am wondering, in this crazy clay what do I need to look for? I find flint, quartz crysta
  21. Max-fossils

    Seashells: fossil or not?

    Hello everyone, Hereby three shells. I would like to know whether they are fossil or not, because I can't tell... Pics 1 & 2: a gastropod from an unknown location (8cm long). Also, does anyone know the species? Pics 3 & 4: two rough piddocks (Zirfaea pilsbryi) (each about 7 cm). The white one is from an unknown location; the blue/grey one was found on the Zandmotor (Pleistocene fossils and modern material). Thanks in advance for your help, Max
  22. Hello fossil-hunters! My most recent fossil hunt was rather successful! I went to the Zandmotor, in the Netherlands, which is known for its abundance of: fossil seashells, big Ice Age mammal bones, fish material and more Pleistocene fossils. Here are the things I found: 1) All the black/brown things on the top are bones/bone shards from big Pleistocene mammals such as the mammoth, the cave lion, the cave hyena, the Irish Elk, the woolly rhino, the bison, etc. - 2) The big white shells on the right are Acanthocardia tuberculata - 3) The smaller shells next to them are Mactra pliston
  23. Jimkelly57

    Wyoming fossils

    Hi. I am not a person who hunts or collects fossils but I do have some information that may be of interest to this community. In 1981 or maybe '82 I was working on a natural gas pipeline that ran from east to west through Wyoming as well as several other states. At a point located about halfway between the Jim Bridger Power Plant to the north and Interstate 80 to the south, we blasted through a ledge of blue rock, some kind of granite I suppose. After the blast, the right of way was covered with hunks of rock that was covered in seashells hundreds, possibly thousands. In addition to the impr
  24. Hi: There is a debris pile from local dredging at Bradenton beach right in a public parking lot across from the beach. The closet landmarks are Gulf Drive South past 13st Street. See photos. I found some nice fossil sea shells and coral. I will post some more photos on Fossil Beach this week.
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