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  1. Finishing identifying my daughter's find from this summer at the Hell Creek formation in South Dakota. This one was labeled edmontosaurus bone. Is there a way to get more specific as to *which* bone? It's got a nice curve to it on one side, and the other side has a curve that swoops inward. Just thought I'd ask if those were identifying features...
  2. This was a bone given to us by our guide in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota. I unfortunately did not label it. I think either Triceretops or Edmontosaurus? (those were the common finds for the day...). And would this be a limb bone? The far side is quite semi-circular, and then narrows to more of a smaller oval...
  3. Trying to finish up labeling of my kids' finds from the summer. This is one my daughter pulled out of the wall of a dig in the Hell Creek Formation. She had been finding a lot of croc scutes, but this one doesn't have those tell-tale "indentations" - it looks flat/smooth on both sides, but it is about the same size & thickness of her other scute finds (like the one on the right). But is it just a piece of unidentifiable bone?
  4. Finishing identifying some of the kids' finds. This was an awesome vertebra that my daughter dug out in the Hell Creek formation in South Dakota. It was identified for us as a Champsosaurus vertebra. Is there a way to tell *which* vertebra or *where* on the body it came from? Thanks!
  5. Inherited Dinosaur Egg

    So I inherited what i believe is a real dinosaur egg. Anyone disagree? The story is my older brother discovered it horseback riding somewhere in South Dakota. I don't have anymore information and need to know about getting it authenticated.
  6. Black Hills Institute Museum

    So I went to the Black Hills Insitute and I made a lot of photos, so I thought I'd share. The Black Hills Institute museum in Hill City is pretty small, it's just one hall. But this one hall is absolutely packed with stuff. This is also the home of the T. rex Stan. Many of the skeletons are casts, but there are plenty of real fossils here as well. The skeleton of Stan. This is the real skeleton and the real skull is placed beside it in the corner. But I didn't even notice that at the time. Skull of Torosaurus. Notice the holes in the frill. Triceratops doesn't have these holes in it's frill. Tylosaurus proriger. Another real specimen. Two Allosaurus skeletons. An Ornithomimid as well as Stan, the Senckenberg Edmontosaurus mummy and Tarbosaurus skull in the background. Skeleton of Albertosaurus, skull of Albertosaurus on the left and skull of Gorgosaurus on the right. A second T. rex skeleton. And a lineup of T. rex skulls in the background. Thescelosaurus and Pachycephalosaurus. Juvenile Edmontosaurus skeleton below the second T. rex skeleton. Cast of the Triceratops Raymond. Crestless Pteranodon on the left as well as a Nyctosaurus? arm/wing at the bottom. Dromaeosaurus in the middle between the legs of the Triceratops and a primitive Sirenian with legs on the right. Bambiraptor and Archaeopteryx skeletons. Foot and skull of Deinonychus and Herrerasaurus, Dromaeosaurus and Eoraptor skulls at the bottom. T. rex arm (cast of Sue) and brian endocast left. Nanotyrannus skull on the right. Mongolian Dinosaurs. Saichania and Saurolophus skulls at the top. Velociraptor skull and oviraptorid partial skeletons below that. Prenocephale, Oviraptor, Archaeornithimimus and Alioramus at the bottom. Tethyshadros top left, and Psittacosaurus nest, and skeletons on the bottom left. Brontosaurus leg in the middle and baby Apatosaurus on the right. Velociraptor and Protoceratops fighting on the far right. Edaphosaurus skeleton. And this is just a small selection of the photos I took. There's just so much stuff here and I only spent a few hours here. The gift shop is also worth a vist btw. I bought a rather nice replica of a tooth from Stan and a Thescelosaurus phalange.
  7. September 2017 was a busy month for me. Worked a day in the Thornton, CO Triceratops dig with other DMNS volunteers and staff. Then headed up with my son to hang out with my friend Walter Stein (Owner of Paleo Adventures), and some of his friends, to help dig at his Tooth Draw Quarry. Several good fossils were found. I found a Nanotyrannus tooth, a Thescelosaurus ulna, and other teeth and small fossils. My best find though, was a very well preserved left dentary from a mammal that may very likely be Didelphodon, or something closely related. Had a fantastic time and and made new and fun friends. Then this past weekend, I went back up to SD by myself, to help my friend Tom Caggiano (Owner of Lost World Fossils) to dig up Edmontosaurus bones at a monospecific bonebed, with some friends of his that have been collecting there for a very long time. Friday was overall a nice day. But we got rained out on Saturday. So we all headed out to Hill City, SD. First we visited with Sandy Gerken. I got to see her fossil prep lab. And several cool fossils she is working on for clients. Then we went to visit BHI and it's museum. Had the guys pose next to the bronze Triceratops skull out front. Also checked out some nice rock shops in the area. On Sunday, weather caused us to have a late start at the Edmontosaurus Bone bed. Worked on trying to fully expose an Edmontosaurus ilium I found on Friday. It turned out to be much larger than we thought. Only had a little more than a half day to work on it so unfortunately, I only got 3/4 of it exposed for removal. I was leaving Monday morning for home, so Tom Caggiano was going to try and finish pulling it out Monday morning before he also leaves. Unfortunately, they got rained out on Monday too. So Ken And Glenn said they would double foil it cover it up for us. I also found a partial Edmontosaurus maxilla, Edmontosaurus sqaumosal, cervical rib, Ischium, small manus phalanx, and a few Edmontosaurus teeth, some with roots. It was a fun trip. It was a pleasure meeting Ken Roblee, Glenn LaPlaca, and @Troodon. All three are very nice gentlemen. They made me feel quite welcome. @Troodon was a pleasure to finally meet up with. He and I spent a lot of time talking about all things dinosaur fossils. Great guy! All four individuals are, in fact, great guys!
  8. Hoploscaphites Nicoletti

    From the album Cephalopods

    This Hoploscaphites nicoletti fossil ammonite is from the Trail City Member of the Fox Hills Formation (Late Cretaceous, Maastrichtian) of South Dakota. The ammonite measures approximately 2.3 inches in diameter, and sits on a base of original matrix that measures approximately 4.5 x 6 inches. The whole ammonite was "popped" out from the matrix upon which it rests, and is equally well preserved on both sides. The shell has a beautiful pearly iridescent sheen.
  9. Very Weird Tooth!!!

    My wife decided to start cleaning out our shed here where we live. I didnt know that I had fossils in there? Anyways, she brought this to me along with a lot of other stuff, but this one caught my eye. Ive seen these before, but really dont know what it is. My guess is some kind of shark tooth? I did do a bit of prep on it and it does seem to be complete. RB
  10. Help with some Hell Creek fossil ID

    Hello there! I live in western South Dakota, and my family has a ranch right in the middle of the Hell Creek Formation. There is a location about 1 mile from a river where about three years ago I found several serrated tooth fragments. I went back to this location last week to see if I could find any more of the tooth fragments. I did find some more serrated fragments, but they are from a different tooth, and possibly different species entirely. There are several areas within a 50 yard radius with bones surfacing, but they seem to be from several different creatures. I'm used to seeing triceratops and duckbill bones at the surface, which are light in color, spongy, and very, very crumbly. Most of the bones in this area are much different, and I'm not sure if that would be due to the type of sediment it was preserved in, the location, or the species. Many of these outcroppings could almost be mistaken for iron ore rock that is breaking apart. I was hoping to get some help identifying one piece in particular. Please ignore the rubber bands, I'm trying to find the missing pieces before I glue the large sections together. All the pieces together will make it around a foot long. In some areas, the bone is a dark chocolate brown, and very smooth and shiny. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have a really hard time finding any sources of information on theropod, Hell Creek, or Cretaceous identification. If anyone knows of any good literature for this area, feel free to post a link, it would be greatly appreciated!
  11. Found a shoreline on the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota with some mollusc fossils. There were lots like the one on the left, but only one I could find like the one on the right. Can anyone identify these? They'd be from the Cretaceous period, right? The fossil on the right is the size of a quarter. The ones on the left range from softball to golf ball.
  12. Possible tooth

    Anyone have any idea if this is a tooth? We found it near fort sisseton in South Dakota.
  13. Hi all, I've this nice vertebra fossil from the Hell Creek Formation in Harding County, South Dakota. I'm pretty sure it is a Crocodillian vert but not sure of the species or genus. Also, is it possible to tell which part of the body this belonged to? Any suggestions are welcome and much appreciated! Cheers, Jojo
  14. Found this while hiking and climbing in south west South Dakota not far from Badlands National Park. A quick google search suggested an early camel, but I'd like to know for sure if possible.
  15. ammonite help!

    Hello there! I was the lucky one who recently purchased "ammonite batch #3" from @RJB, and I was hoping to assign a name to the prettiest piece in the lot. I think it is a Discoscaphites sp. - what do you think? If so, there appears to be two common species belonging to this genus from the Fox Hills Formation in South Dakota (where this little guy was found) - D. conradi and D. gulosus (http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/815 and http://www.wmnh.com/wmima000.htm). I'm leaning towards D. conradi but, really, I'm not sure. Is there anyone out there who can help? Please see picture below: Thanks in advance! Monica
  16. Localities Near Pierre?

    I live in Sioux Falls but sometime in the future I may be visiting Pierre and was wondering if anyone knew any localities that yield good results in that area. Any help is much appreciated, thanks!
  17. Fossil Bearing units map

    Threw this thing together for you guys in some spare time at work. The map shows the extent of common fossil bearing strata in the state of South Dakota, as well as some "no-go" areas- reservations and the like. If you guys want a certain area zoomed in on let me know! FossilsSD.pdf
  18. South Dakota Map

    (Posted in SD forum as well, feel free to move) I thought this would be an appropriate addition- my hope is that this map will allow forum users to plan trips to SD! Threw this thing together for you guys in some spare time at work. The map shows the extent of common fossil bearing strata in the state of South Dakota, as well as some "no-go" areas- reservations and the like. If you guys want a certain area zoomed in on let me know! FossilsSD.pdf
  19. Question on Missouri River

    Does anyone know if the Missouri River and the bluffs along it are good for fossils and if so where would be a good place to start? It seems like a lot of good exposures are along the banks.
  20. Hi there. More fossils from the estate sale, this time a vertebra. I don't know an exact location, but the rest of the lot contains many examples from the Oligocene era, and some have been found to be from the White River formation in the Badlands. I don't have much information other than that. I've done an image search on Google, but there are so many that I am having trouble spotting one that looks similar. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
  21. Cretaceous ,seed - Hell Creek

    Out at a hadrosaur dig site and came across this seed. Can anyone identify it? Thanks for looking!
  22. I found this tooth on the Missouri River by Yankton, SD. Can anyone identify it? Tell me any history on how it got there? How old it is? Does it have any value? Thanks
  23. Syringopora?

    Very new at this, have been out on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and came across this little piece. The closest I can find online are some photos of syringopora? What do you think?
  24. Hi! Back with more from the estate sale. I'm guessing this is a jaw section from a Titanothere? It appears to be, but I'm new to the ID game and want to be sure. The estate contained other smaller teeth that also look like Titanothere/Brontothere, but I don't have an exact location as to where it was found. There were many Stylemys turtles in there as well, and I've had those looked at by a paleontologist at SDSM&T and they said the turtles were likely found in the White River formation of the Badlands. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!
  25. Buffalo Gap Grasslands - South Dakota - ID

    My son and I have recently started visiting the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands to hunt for agates and other goodies. Today we came across something that we haven't found. About an inch and a half long, vertical structures that come together at center points on each end. Found in an area with plenty of petrified wood.
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