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  1. FF7_Yuffie

    A Taiwan fossil hunt

    Hello, So after yesterdays unsuccessful hunt and cut short because of rain. Headed south today. Plan was to go looking for crabs, but luck let me down again-- river too dangerous. So went for shells and sea urchins instead. Beautiful place, but I didn't take photos because I left my phone in the car because we had to wade (lucky I did. I slipped and ended up hip deep) Lots of the rocks had various shell fossils. There was one big rock with about a dozen big , almost complete scallop fossils. I left it as is. Would have been nice to have one, but didnt feel r
  2. Currently away from home on a work trip but that has allowed me to explore the silt stone laid down by Lake Manuherikia in the Otago region of New Zealand. The period is early to mid Miocene (16-19 million years). I have spent the last couple of evenings searching sites for fossil leaves or anything else I can find. FYI the bottle cap is for scale. I have nothing else with me but I figure most bottle caps are the same the world over. The above is part of a large palm frond. Hyridella shells above in matrix.
  3. Neanderthal Shaman

    Lincoln Creek Composite Shell Piece

    Picked up a few more shells from the Lincoln Creek Formation while out on a walk, and thought it would be fun to make a composite piece with them. Was pretty easy, just used superglue to fix a couple of moon snails and a scaphopod to a tiny slab of shale from the formation. For my first composite piece I don't think it looks bad, but I was obviously a little too excessive with the glue.
  4. pachy-pleuro-whatnot-odon

    Preservation of colour in fossil shells

    Hi all, Some time ago I found this shell in (what I believe to be) the French Upper Muschelkalk (Triassic). Now I'm not into shells myself, but to judge from the remains of operculum on the underside of it, the specimen concerns an oyster. Most strikingly, however, the shell has a pattern of darker-coloured lines that do not correspond to any three-dimensional/elevational differences on the shell surface - which is, in fact, entirely flat. I haven't seen this on a fossil shell before. Now when doing a Google search for my response on whether it would be possible for cru
  5. Fossil_teenager

    Texas and New Mexico Dino tracks

    Wow is all I can say. I cannot believe what I have managed to find this week alone. I went to Texas for a vacation, and I’m coming out with some of my best fossils (in my opinion) I’ve found this year. I came here hoping to score some trace fossils of what once lived here, and score some, I did! Since there are two different time zones, and 4 different types of fossils found, I’ll split them up based on environment, and time. With marine fossils going first and tracks going second. Permian first, and Cretaceous second. I’ll do a picture of the whole haul and then we’ll get started. I also was
  6. ArtsyAxolotl

    Muliple IDs from Cape May

    Heya~! I recently returned from a trip to Cape May, NJ and spent most of my trip on Sunset and Higbee beach picking through the rocks and shells looking for cool stuff. I really want to get into rock hounding/fossil collecting, but I didn't really know what I was looking at so I just grabbed a bunch of stuff that I thought looked neat or interesting. I'm really happy with my haul but I was wondering if any of you nice folks could tell me if I have anything of particular interest? This photo has two that I'm sure are coral fossils, but I don't know what species. The other things lo
  7. Dimitar

    Bryozoan shells

    Hello guys! These are the specimen from Ile Bizard. This seems to be some kind of Bryzoan, forming a shell structure. #1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5
  8. Hi was wondering about these ones. First I think is partial trilobite but not sure. The bone is modern I think but I was wondering if it was cow. Found in a farm field. Thanks for all the great info
  9. 0sprey

    Mysterious Basement Fossils

    My mother recently moved into a home in Shepherdstown, WV and when I mentioned I'd gotten into fossils recently she said the previous homeowner had left some fossils in the basement and that I could have them if I wanted. These have absolutely no provenance, I assume they're not from the area, but I think they're neat and I was just wondering if they were complete/distinctive enough to be identified. Also, is there anything I should do to clean them gently and keep them preserved? I have no experience with this type of fossil. There are 2 sea urchins and 2 shells, the larger sea urchin is
  10. AggieGrass

    Landscape River Rock Finds

    Howdy, Couple day old member here. I am a Landscape Professional and I see alot of river rock. Lately I've moved to Austin, TX and have noticed alot of petrified wood in the rock materials we use. I'm 99% positive it is all native, locally sourced in the Texas Hill Country. Anyway I have a few pieces I'm curious to whether it's machine marks or not and a couple pieces I'm not sure if they're just gnarly rocks or not. Petrified wood ID is what brought me here and I found some good info so I signed up. Any information and help is greatly appreciated. Thanks yall!
  11. diginupbones

    Fossilized seashells?

    I have little to no experience with invertebrates so I was hoping to get a little info from the experts here. I recently rescued these and some other items from going into the dumpster. The only information I have on them is that they were from a collection of an avid fossil hunter who lived in the South Dakota Nebraska area and passed away many years ago. I have quite a few more of these shells with a couple of them being encased in some hard matrix that I will post later in another thread. There was also a big chunk of hash plate with them.
  12. I recently came across a cool-looking piece with three different shells close together in a matrix, but despite my attempt to Google some pointers while I was pondering if I wanted it or not, I'm simply not trained up enough to determine if fossils are real. There's some parts that some articles were talking about that make me think it could be real, and others that make me think not so much... I have a feeling the matrix maybe isn't the original, but I'm hoping perhaps the shells themselves are still fossilized? But I'm really not sure -- anyways, the pictures I took are below. I hope they gi
  13. HuckMucus

    Marine Fossils

    I found these in the Owyhee Desert of south-west Idaho back in the 90s. I was told the jaw with teeth was a Drum Fish. The enamel is like brand new. There are tons of these fossils in certain areas. I guess the whole area was under water at one point. The holes in the little shells were found that way. Any clarification on names would be appreciated.
  14. HuckMucus

    What should I look for?

    I'm thinking on a trip to a spot where I saw a bunch of sea shells south west of La Junta, Colorado. I'll be prying rock layers apart looking for stuff that strikes my eye. However, is there anything in particular I should be looking for that would be a real score? I think the picture is the stuff if I have my dates right. Thanks.
  15. Hi everyone, Sorry if this is a bit of a basic question, but I'm fairly new at this and seem to be finding conflicting information about what I'm looking for. I recently found a number of fossil urchins, and what I think look like will probably turn out to be shells enclosed in sandstone on a beach. Some are pretty clean and only have a small amount of sandstone adhering to them, but others are almost completely buried in the piece of rock with only little bits of the fossil exposed. I was wondering what the best way to remove the rock is without damaging the fossil? I've tried soaki
  16. It's been a long time since I've written a trip report. Not that I wasn't hiking, I was hiking like mad and finding stuff. Just didn't get around to documenting in the latter part of 2020. Too much craziness. A couple of days ago, I went in search of an extremely elusive shale formation, that contains some of the loveliest ferns I have seen. My records show I specifically planned 13 hikes last year trying to find another exposure. That was over 100 miles of fruitless searching. Zero. Zilch. Well, two days ago I found another small exposure. Scenic photos of the journey
  17. Fossil shells from Florida loaded (natural) with more fossil shells. Many collectors like to clean out the fossil shells they find so they look like a shell found on the beach (recent). I like to keep them as natural as possible and preserve their history. Some of these fossil shells have other smaller shells that are cemented inside and would harm the shell if removed. Hours of careful cleaning is the only way to preserve and expose what's inside. I love them! The largest shell was entered in fossil of the month for Novembers and was a thread named My Fossil Cornucopia http://www.thefos
  18. jort68

    Concretion Innards

    Hello again! Hope everyone is having a fossiliferous holiday. I found this split concretion yesterday with some organic looking form peeking out from inside. Take a look: No idea. Nothing recognizable except that hole. Found this at the same site, those long and narrow shells might have been what was stuck in there? What do you think? Nothing and it's just gobs of clay?? Let me know if you have any thoughts and as usual, thank you so much for your time and consideration.
  19. mikeymig

    My Fossil Cornucopia

    A large, well preserved, fossil Lightning Whelk (Sinistrofulgur roseae, Belle Glade Member of the Bermont Formation, 800,000 years old) that I dug up recently 11/16/2020 in Florida full of bivalve shells (Chione elevata). The bleached spot on the back of this large (185mm) whelk is the only part of the shell that was protruding from the ground. I cleaned the sand away from the clam shells with a toothpick and small brush then added a little glue in strategic spots. I posted my shell on social media and received great news from Dr.Edward Petuch (Oceanographer and Paleontologist) -
  20. (Edited to correct ID's thanks to JKFoam and Hot Sauce Committee) Howdy! Had a great haul at the Eocene Stone City Bluff Formation . I am working on ID'ing my finds and am pretty happy with the 50 or so ID's I've figured out so far....but these are eluding me! Any help would be appreciated! These I think I have properly ID'd but would appreciate confirmation. All are 1/4 inch or smaller: Buccitriton possibly sagum Gegania antiquata Eodrillia texana Eucheilodon reticulata I
  21. TOM BUCKLEY

    COQUINA

    Has anyone ever found anything more substantial in coquina than shells? Hailing from Upstate New York, I'm used to using my muscle and splitting bedrock. Sadly, in Florida where I now live, there is no bedrock, but there is lots of coquina. Should I bother attacking these blocks? Is there any chance of a saber tooth skull being in the middle? I just want to break some rocks. Tom
  22. My daughter and I fossil hunting trip a lake texhoma got to do a little cleaning on them still.
  23. SharkySarah

    Turritella sp?

    Found these the other day at Stratford Hall, Virginia. Any idea if these are Turritella or another species?
  24. Nug

    New to Fossils

    Going through my great grandpa's rock collection and came across a piece that is mostly made up of shells. One side is smooth the opposite side is rough. Just wondering what it is and any info about this type of fossil.
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