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  1. Burke_Family

    Gastropod? Mollusk? Or?

    Our 3rd grader found this on a beach in Coos County, OR. Her first impression is that this is a snail fossil. We’re wondering 1) what is this and 2) if this is an internal mold? There’s also an impression on one side of the matrix that looks like a separate cast. But we’re really not sure… we are having a difficult time visualizing what’s going on here. When you look closely at the spiral it does appear to have shell in there. We’ve googled a ton and compared pictures of different spiral fossils, but still aren’t sure. Thanks for any info!
  2. So I went to a new site nearby me where I heard there were shark teeth and while I didn't find any shark teeth I found flint(?) fossils, that, unlike my previous flint(?) fossils, which I believe were deposited by glaciers, I think these ones are native to where I found them, which is an old mine overburden pile (the rock above the ore they're mining for), my evidence for this was the presence of many iron rich rocks that was in the same pile, pictured I have what I believe is botryoidal hematite, which hematite is what they mine here. Also the fossils in these new specimens are different to
  3. WallaceGavin

    Gastropod?

    I can’t identify exactly what these are? Found them in Barton Creek near Austin. They look like a gastropod but haven’t seen any with the rears this out to the edge. Also the other pointy ones are even about the center while this one is near the back end.
  4. Vnaz50

    Pointy Spiral Shell

    Helotes, Tx Part of this shell was sticking out of a chunk of sediment. I used a water pick to clear the rest of it. In trying to determine what kind of shell it is, I’ve found several that are similar, but none with the shell spiral as tight. The closest thing that I could find is below. This doesn’t seem correct considering my location. Placostylus porphyrostomus is a species of large air-breathing land snail, a pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Bothriembryontidae. This species is endemic to New Caledonia.
  5. A few years ago, I was at a wedding at a location that had some short, decorative stone walls. The stones were just piled on top of each other. In one of the top stones was a cool fossil of some sort. The stone was about 18 x 24 x 8 inches (very approximate as I've since broken it and hadn't ever measured the full stone) and weighed about 15 pounds (again approximate). I asked the owners whether I could take the stone, and they graciously said I could. Here's a picture of the fossil: I can't say what geological strata it's from because I found it in a wall. I'm not goo
  6. Lone Hunter

    Fossilized Lightning??

    Took my dogs out to Grapevine lake, frequently go there, kicked this up in a sandy area close to swimming beach. Quite puzzled, there are no such concretions in Woodbine here and pretty sure no fossil involved. I've only seen oysters, Turritella and dinosaur footprints. So this appears to be crystalized in the center, with spirals of different color granules and crystals wrapping around very fine grained structure in the shape of a bottle. It's got to be something, but what? Looking forward to an answer!My only decent Woodbine find.
  7. cavetrain

    Ammonite: real or replica?

    Hello, fossil friends! I'm a first-time poster to the forum. I've had this little fellow for several years now. I found it hanging out among the gravel decorating an apartment complex in the southwestern United States; Tucson, Arizona, to be specific. I cannot explain why it was there, unless it was somehow ignored as a rock, or discarded by someone who no longer wanted it, but all the same, I was aware of the general shape of an ammonite, and brought it home with me because, well, its spiral was pretty! There are several dry rivers about the area, but I know next to
  8. 901 wanderer

    Find from Nonconnah Creek in Memphis

    I don't have any reference books to help me ID yet. I found this piece in Nonconnah Creek in southeastern Shelby County a couple weeks ago I also have a similar specimen about twice as big from a little further up stream I'll add a picture when I get a chance. I was hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction toward figuring out what I have, some kind of snail, an ammonite or something else.
  9. A friend found this fossil. She found this in a creek in the city of Berkely, St. Louis county, MO. I've seen a similar fossil posted somewhere, but don't remember. It appears to be cylindrical with a spiral. The other 2 photographs are with the other fossils she found. Any help in identifying this would be appreciated. Thanks. The above photograph has the fossil I am interested in identifying.
  10. Samurai

    Weird Fossil ( Missouri )

    Location is in Missouri The area is dated to the Pennsylvanian Formation: Probably apart of the Raytown limestone member Found this weird fossil on my latest fossil hunting trip, I personally believe it to be some sort of Amminoid since the pattern seems to extend away from the shell and not towards it, but I have only found Nautiloids in the area ( Only 2 spiral shaped specimens that do not look like this and 3 cone shaped.) If anyone can Identify if this is a an Ammonoid or something else I would love to know more! the mi
  11. We have found thousands of these little button shaped fossils all in one area. They range in size from .5cm to 2cm but most are right at about 1.5cm. Most of them are nearly round, about .5cm thick in the middle, but taper to the edge, very much like a curved button or a pillow. On the outer surface most look just like overlapping layers, but when broken open across the middle they have a very fine spiral structure. I would very much like to identify them.
  12. Funk.Missle

    Snail Shell or More Interesting?

    Hey Fossil gang, I went out into the hillside forest next to my dorm and found some shells scattered about. It's very possible they're simply snail shells - I'm very novice. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
  13. I found this stone along the shore of Lake Michigan. I would appreciate any feedback as to what it might be? Thank you!
  14. Any tips on what this is
  15. DianaS.

    Is this a fossil?

    Hi everybody, i've found rocks like this at a local beach and i wonder if is some kind of fossil o there's nothing to do with fossils, thanks!
  16. Bethofvt

    can you ID this fossil?

    Can anyone help me identify this fossil. It is in a piece of black marble quarried in southwest Vermont. The rock is 5" long, the fossil in it is 4.25" long, 1" wide at widest point.
  17. Hello! I am not really a fossil collector- or any kind of expert- but I do like to collect natural things I find in various places, and have held on to these for a few years without having an idea if they're really anything at all. I found this forum and would absolutely love some help! Even if there is no identification to be had, it would be great to know if it's still worth holding onto- or... just a rock. The first is a white hard substance with some interesting spiral patterns in it. As you can see in the first photo, the inside chamber of the main form is hollow. I found it on a Californ
  18. Zenmaster6

    Shell Fossil and Spiral I.D

    I went fossil hunting near Tacoma Washington and Geologic maps call the zone around the spot "tertiary" So anything from 2.58 MYA to 66 MYA. I was wondering if someone could Identify what kind of shelled creature this was. Also the small cone at the end. Thanks all (FIRST REAL FOSSILS FOUND IN WA)
  19. MyKoL LoKyM

    Can you help identify

    Ok, the picture is not the fossil, its the closes shape that my searches return (please dont delete this on that account). I found a few that looked like that (drill bit in photo) and they were an off white/light grey color. Somewhere in that spectrum. The werent huge or anything and were fairly fragile. Rod shaped, with upraised/pertruding spiral
  20. Draconiusultamius

    Found fossil ID

    Today, while cleaning my flowerbed (removing dead leaves, pulling some weeds, etc) I happened to notice a rock with an intriguing imprint that appeared to be a spiral. I immediately thought of a fossil and I'm pretty sure I'm right since rocks usually don't have 'faces' like this. The fossil is about 3cm at it's largest point and looks like either an ammonite or some sore of bivalve to me, but I'm not a palentologist by any measure, so I'd like some clearer IDing if possible. Thanks! (ps. If the fossil isn't clear enough, especially the spiral, I found that the contrast improves drasti
  21. Jazfossilator

    Turritella fossils

    Love these little guys, they are a distinctly different color than the rest of the pitch black fossils I generally find at myrtle beach, and the crystal like lines are dazzling to me. I believe they are in the turritella family but any info is always welcome:)
  22. I had a new look at an old hash plate from the Finis Shale member of the Graham Formation in jack County Texas. It's full of all the Pennsylvanian Sub-period fossils I expected, even a couple of broken trilobite pieces, but this spiral shape caught my eye as I was passing it under a microscope. That's a mm scale in one picture and a human hair in the other. I don't know my micro fossils but I'm guessing it's some kind of foram. Any help with a name?
  23. Welcome to another microscopic look into the wonderful world of coprolites. Here we have a squished (flattened) spiral coprolite from the prehistoric floodplains that now form the Bull Canyon Formation in the badlands of Quay County, New Mexico. Today's mystery was most likely not ingested. Many times the posterior (non-pinched end) of spiral coprolites can be hollow. I may be wrong, but I think this branchy thing (for lack of a better term) slipped in after it was expelled. To me this looks like part of a branch from a delicate coral - but the poop was in fresh water. Any ideas?
  24. One of a number of spiral monograptids from this period and a zone species, these have all been referred to Monograptus at various times as well as separate genera based on rhabdosome form which may not be of significant importance. It is bisected by an unidentified straight Monograptus. Reference for ID (as Monograptus spiralis): Elles & Wood 1901-1918, Monograph on British Graptolites, Pal. Soc. Monograph 33. (Plate XLVIII, fig. 7). Now generally referred to Oktavites Levina, 1928, e.g. in J. A. Zalasiewicz, L. Taylor et al 2009, Graptolites in Br
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