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  1. Hello, I'm interested to know if there's any way to narrow down what kind of animal this fossil is from? My dad tells me it was given to him by my great grandmother, who likely purchased it from a university in Western South Dakota in the 1940s or 50s. Our assumption is that it would have been discovered in that area, around that time. The fossil is about 4" x 1.5". I think it's so cool, but beyond guessing that it's "a bone" from "an animal that had bones," I'm at a loss. Thanks for any help!
  2. Jackmandu

    Fossilized / Petrified bone?

    Found this while rock hounding in southeast South Dakota. The color (when it was wet) caught my eye…but after getting it home and dried it out…you can see in the pictures what I believe to be bone? Thoughts?
  3. Mochaccino

    Is this a T. rex tooth?

    Hello, Wondering if this is T.rex? Or Nano? It measures 1.25 inches and is said to be from the Hell Creek Fm. of South Dakota, no county unfortunately. The base doesn't seem 100% complete but from what is there I don't think is has the expected "pinch" of a Nano. Thoughts? Thanks.
  4. Hello, I am making a great of in-situ pictures of my fossil hunting trips for this year. We now have a foot of snow in the ground so fossil hunting season is over. ☹️ These pictures occur in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota. Mostly Cretaceous aged sites but some Eocene from ND. They are mostly tooth related. I hope everyone likes in-situ pics as much as I do!
  5. This two Edmontosaurus metatarsals are for sale from a seller I trust however they were unable to tell me which digit of the foot that these come from. Would anybody be able to actually tell the digit from the ? @Troodon
  6. SuejoDino

    Rock or fossil

    Hi - I need help identifying whether this is a fossil. It has lots of ‘bone-looking’ parts sticking out. Hoping you can help. I found this while hiking in the Black Hills of SD.
  7. yardrockpaleo

    Badlands jaws (carnivore?)

    Hello, I purchased a huge box of Badlands mammal stuff a while ago and was able to identify mostly everything. I had some trouble with these two jawbones, though. I'm not really expecting them to be anything surprising but it would help me to put a definite label on them. in both the teeth looked a little like an amphicyonid's but that might just be wishful thinking! Thanks again! #1 #2: For scale
  8. Natteberry

    Egg?

    I found this in south central SD. No idea what it is. It’s heavy too. Thanks!
  9. This is part two of my fall trip the first part was posted under trips to the museum Link Part one: Sept Dig Trip: Black Hills Institute - A Trip to the Museum - The Fossil Forum A short trip but like many enjoyed it, found some nice items and the weather was much better that what I saw in June. First let me share some photos of items collected in June that are finished. All Edmontosaurus annectens, Hell Creek Formation Skull element : quadrate 13.75" long Before: After to see its location
  10. A little slow in getting around to posting. 2 weeks ago my son and I got back from our yearly trip up north for fossil hunting. Like most years, we haul the tenement on wheels with us to save the crazy costs of hotel stays. We started out for the first 4 days in the Hell creek, digging with Walter Stein of PaleoAdventures. The first day was a little slow with lots of small tumbled bone bits and spitter teeth. Only bigger find was an unknown that I began to uncover, but didnt complete that day. The second day we changed where we were excavating and I
  11. I spent some time meandering through South Dakota in May, taking in the sprawling forests and mountains. It’s truly a beautiful area of the country with plenty to see and do. ^ Pareidolia clearly in full effect. Since I was in SD, I knew I had to pay a visit to the BHI - and if you happen to like fossils, I think you’ll enjoy tagging along. The BHI is a private company which specializes in producing cast replicas for museums and the general public. Until October 2020, they played host to the T. rex “Stan,” who was auctioned off for $32 million; it has recently bee
  12. Fisherman Snags 90-Million-Year-Old Fossil in the Missouri River Andy Moore found the prehistoric predator fish fossil while competing in a fishing tournament By Sage Marshall, Field and Stream, August 24, 2022 Nebraska Fisherman Hooks 90-Million-Year-Old Fossil During Fishing Tournament: 'Catch of a Lifetime'. Andy Moore first thought the fossil was a "big catfish skeleton or a deer skeleton" By Jason Duaine Hahn, PeopleCom, August 25, 2022 Omaha fisherman snags 90 million-year-old fossil Jenna Ebbers, Omaha World Herald, Aug 30, 2
  13. I have never found a jaw like this. The only thing I can find that is similar is tapir which would be pretty rare for this area. Found in south central South Dakota. Miocene
  14. MacHoffman22

    Badlands Fossil ID

    I found this fossil today in the badlands of south Dakota in a crevice at the bottom of a butte. I did not remove it but am impatient and with the photos I supplied, the paleontologist at the visitors center had a hard time identifying it and I am extremely curious to know what it may be. The round part of the bottom picture continues to be almost perfect oval through the top, however a chunk had broken off there. The discolored brown line in the crevice in the center of the first picture appeared to be bone that just barely breached the surface of the specimen (too hard to picture).
  15. I found this wonderful coprolite in river rock surrounding shrubbery at a Howard Johnson's in Rapid City SD about 30 years ago. I've always wondered what creature may have produced it. Do you have any ideas? Length is 2.75 inches. See images.
  16. Headed to Sioux Falls South Dakota next week. I know it is not the glamourous end of the state but was wondering if there were places to fossil hunt in the area or within a few hour drive? Nick
  17. PaleoNoel

    Ankylosaur armor?

    I was hoping some folks on the forum could confirm this ID for me. I found this interesting little piece in the hell creek formation of South Dakota back in July with Paleoprospectors. I was told by one of the guides that it could potentially be a piece of skull armor from a young ankylosaur. I want to know what everyone here thinks.
  18. Marco90

    Merycoidodon culbertsoni

    From the album: My collection in progress

    Merycoidodon culbertsoni Leidy 1848 Location: Brule Formation, White River Badlands, South Dakota, USA Age: 34 - 23 Mya (Oligocene, Paleogene) Measurements: 3x6,5 cm Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Class: Mammalia Subclass: Theria Superorder: Laurasiatheria Order: Cetartiodactyla Suborder: Tylopoda Family: Merycoidodontidae
  19. Kurvinosaurus

    Petrified Wood or Just Rock?

    Found this in South Dakota with other petrified wood. I’m just wondering if this piece is for sure petrified wood, or just a rock? Thank you!
  20. Found this near little elk creek in Piedmont, SD at the base of the Black Hills. After some research, Pennsylvanian age shark material has been found there in the past. These are much smoother than some images I have seen online. Thoughts?
  21. Hello, I recently bought this tiny bone fragment, a supposed piece of Tyrannosaurus rex vertebral process, from the Hell Creek Formation of Harding County, South Dakota of USA. I know nothing about ID'ing dino bones or bones in general. The seller's rationale for the ID was that the porous honeycomb structure is diagnostic of large theropods, with the only one in this formation being T. rex. Does the ID seem correct? Is this T. rex proper or is that impossible to determine? The piece is 3 cm long. I've propped it up to better visualize the large pores inside the fragmen
  22. My Spring trip this year was quite a challenge. Last year we had oppressive heat, it was extremely dry with high winds. This year it was rain, rain and more rain and cool. The ranchers however are in heaven with pastures that are green, green and green. Hopefully it continues for them through the summer. So, we had a few rainout days, lots of drizzle and had to deal with gumbo feet, slippery cliffs and wet bones and matrix. Not the best of conditions for collecting and the group's results showed that. On the downside the day we departed Belle Fouche, where we stay, a ve
  23. More goodies from the same site as the sandstone nodules. Some of this looks like wood to me and one seems highly probable to be a bone fossil. Sorry no metric on the tape measure I'll look for a duel standard measure next time im in town.
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