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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Fossil bone

    Found by a friend in Badlands National park South Dakota. Looking for any help on wether it's mammal or reptile.
  4. Is this a Stylemus turtle?

    Hi there! My daughter and I love to collect fossils, though we don't know much about them and can't identify most of what we have. We stopped by an estate sale today and bought 8 fossils, three of which were wrapped in brown paper and bound with electrical tape. When I opened them, I found three turtle shells. The best of the bunch is pictured below, and I'm wondering if I'm right thinking it's a Stylemus turtle from the Oligocene period. It's roughly 12" from front to back and 10" wide. I haven't taken the paper off of the bottom yet to see if there is anything underneath. The second turtle is in fair shape, but not nearly as good as this one. And the third I think is in bad shape. If you're interested, I can upload photos of those two as well. They appear to be different than this one. I don't know where they came from, just that it was part of an estate and they were in a lot of about 100-200 fossils. We're in the Rapid City, SD area. Thanks for looking, and any help would be appreciated.
  5. This was found on an anthill in the Hell Creek Formation, SD. A few years ago, a paleontologist at the South Dakota School of Mines looked at it and thought it could be avian. Can anyone out there confirm this? If so, any ideas as to species? Thanks for looking!
  6. Thought I'd introduce some and re-introduce others to a great little museum in Rapid City, S. Dakota: The South Dakota School of Mines Museum of Geology. I love little museums like this. The displays are put together by faculty and students, mostly, and thus are innovative in their simplicity of materials and design and purpose. Admission is free, and there is a little museum store where you can buy shirts and other museum store fare. I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking:
  7. Squid Pen Dig

    Last fall after working a museum, I returned to a ranch in the Pierre Shale south of Rapid City. One of the students I'd brought with me earlier in the spring of 2016 spotted a chunk of fossil that we originally identified as wood, before we realized that it was a large squid pen! So, right before our classes started we got back together and spent a few days camping on the ranch to excavate it to donate to the museum as well as some other fossil. All kinds of things got in the way, our car broke down, we were driven out of our tents by a thunderstorm, and if it weren't for GPS we would have lost the location of the pen. The site was on a steep, soft hill of shale on the edge of a ravine with a half dozen cattle skeletons from a blizzard back in the nineties. But we got the squid out of the hill and into the museum! Almost a meter long, seems to be the middle of the rachis with a few fragments of the vane
  8. My largest fossil trip I've ever done is underway, I'm going fossil collecting in the Black Hills of South Dakota! Could someone perhaps please tell me what I'm to expect? Thanks!
  9. I picked up these white river formation teeth in bucket labelled rhino. I doubt that label. One is partial tooth and the other is a jaw section.
  10. Hell Creek Mammal

    Sorry for the barrage of Hell Creek posts, I finally have time to go through some of my summer collections. I am having a hard time with this mammal tooth (Hell Creek Formation, Late-Cretaceous, South Dakota). The occlusal surface is heavily worn. I was thinking perhaps Cimolodon? or Mesodma? Any help / suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Scale bar = 1 mm
  11. Fox Hills Ammonites!!

    Here it is, the tail end of winter and I find myself composing a "trip report" from way back in May!!!! Please excuse the tardiness, but it took 9 months for me to pick away at the concretions I collected and extract the fossils within. It was a learning process and I must admit, I DESTROYED the nicest ammonites that I had found. Instead of learning techniques on my lesser specimens, I jumped in and "prepped" the biggest and best first. What I ended up with were many bits and pieces of crumbled ammonites. And super glue did NOT fix the problem. The issue at hand: the matrix is very hard and the ammonite very delicate. Not a good combination for not knowing how and hastily prepping something. It was Memorial Day weekend, time for an extended road trip after a long winter. My wife and I had never been west of Minnesota in the 30 some years since departing Ohio for the Gopher State. So we thought the time was right to experience what our next door neighbor, South Dakota, had to offer. I must say, we were thoroughly impressed with the state's variety of landscapes and great people. Our excursion actually extended into a bit of Wyoming. From Devil's Tower, we worked back through the Black Hills/ Mount Rushmore/Black Hills Institute and the Badlands National Park, each with it's unique topography. I recommend visiting these sites to anyone that has not. Well worth the trip!!! As our vacation was drawing to a close, we again crossed the grassy plains (though we envisioned amber waves of grain, not grass) and overnighted in the town of Mobridge. The next morning, I was to meet up with Grady (gradycraft on the Fossil Forum) for a little fossil hunting in the Fox River Formation while my wife relaxes with her books at the motel. Though I was totally impressed with the state of South Dakota, I was not impressed with Mobridge's accommodations. Here is a view from our hotel room!!! Nothing to see but a large car wash out your window. Now I was going to leave my wife to this, while I was off enjoying myself. I did honestly feel guilty, but not guilty enough to stay behind! Grady met me in Timber Lake and from here, our adventure began. Shortly after exiting Timber Lake, the vastness of this landscape became apparent again. One could honestly feel what it was like for the indigenous Indians before European settlers arrived. One could envision herds of buffalo taking advantage of the lush grasslands around the area. A spectacular place!!! Here I am following Grady on the way to who knows where. Fifteen miles on gravel roads and we turn onto a "path" leading through a few rickety wire gates. Then off we were again. Still flat as a pancake, NO rocks in sight. Where are these fossils I kept asking myself. If it wasn't for the great scenery, I might have worried more that we were on some "wild goose chase". Another 10 miles off the beaten path and I was really beginning to wonder about Grady!!! Finally, a little variety in the landscape showed up and then we dropped into a small valley with a stream running through it. I was ecstatic when I saw Grady's brake lights. We must be there.
  12. 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
  13. help with VERTEBRA ID

    Hi, a friend bought this in south dakota about 20 years ago and had forgotten all about it. Any ideas on what kind it may be? It measures 16"w x 6" h and weighs about 40lbs.
  14. I've been looking for a lovely SD ammonite for awhile, and I consider them on par with Canadian ammolites. There are a plethora of incredible specimens from Fox Hills Formation, and I settled on a Jeletzkytes as I found their shape appealing. Imagine my delight when I chanced upon a positive + negative! Today, this pair is one of my favorite ammonites. Without the matrix base, it measures roughly 4.6 inches high. Jeletzkytes nebrascensis 70.6 - 66 mya (late Cretaceous) Fox Hills Formation South Dakota, USA
  15. Coral ID

    I have collected lots of coral from southwest South Dakota. I believe the majority is horn coral. Despite having a few publications and checking the web, I have several I'm not sure of. A lot of what I find looks agatized. I have attached a photo of what I am guessing is chaetetes coral? Would ove some input. If if someone can suggest a listing of Fossil coral, sponges and Bryozoans with detailed photos or identification, I'd appreciate it. I feel like I have an idea on most of it, just not 100%. Many Thanks!
  16. Vertebra ID Assistance

    Would love to have a definitive ID on this small vertebra from the White River Formation Jackson County South Dakota.
  17. Small jaw secton with teeth

    From White River formation South Dakota. Has some appearance of Oreodont but it seems small.
  18. Badlands Vacation

    We are planning a vacation in June to the Badlands area in South Dakota. I am wanting to do a fossil dig. Somewhere that is not expensive or and would like to keep what I find. Is this just a pipe dream? Where do I start? I am studying to be a middle and high school teacher in Kansas. I have always love fossils. I even have a T-Rex skeleton tattoo! I did contact the Badlands Park and they said you can keep up to 25 lbs as long as it is not a vertebrate. Please help! Thank you!
  19. Upper Jaw

    Can y'all take a stab at this upper scull? Whiteriver formation, South Dakota. Going to tackle prep on this but not until I have a few easier pieces under my belt.
  20. Stylemys turtle restoration

    Any ideas on how to remove the green lichen staining from this partially weathered turtle without doing damage?
  21. Articulated Spine from WHAT?

    Right up front, I apologize for the poor quality of the photos. I left the vertebrae in place so these are the only photos I have. This series of 8 vertebrae were found weathered out in what I believe to be Whitewater, Brule in the general area of Interior South Dakota Badlands. I would love to have an ID!
  22. Hyracodon Jaw?

    New member, 1st post. Lifelong collector, recently re-enthused after finding this in South Dakota during a hunting trip. Take pity on the new guy and my first attempt at fossil photography. Would love to put a name to this!
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