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  1. PA Ordovician Starfish

    For Father's Day Weekend my dad and I drove into Pennsylvania yesterday to collect Ordovician fossils at a location I read about with access to the Salona Formation. With rain in the forecast I was a little worried the trip would be a total wash. Instead, we experienced beating sun, and, having left our hats at home, we quickly began to overheat. My dad also found two snakes while overturning some large rocks. To say the least my dad was ready to leave after an hour. Luckily I was able to convince him that if he wanted to stop he should at least let me poke around for another 30 minutes. While I was poking around my dad decided that it would be safer for him to remove and examine new material than to work in the talus. We worked for another hour before calling it a day. When we got home I went to work washing off the many hash plates my dad exposed while removing new material. The plates were covered in a fine layer of dust so it was incredible to see what they fully held after washing them off. As I was washing one plate I had to stop myself in the middle. I could not believe my eyes. In the bottom corner of one plate there was a rather familiar shape that I was not expecting to see. I immediately knew what it had to be. In all of the literature I have seen no mention of starfish fossils being found at this site. Given that my dad was ready to leave after an hour I consider this find even more lucky. Although I did not have anything to go on, I believe that the starfish is Promopalaester bellulus. It certainly made for an exciting and memorable Father's Day Weekend! Here are some of our other exciting finds: Hash Plates with Bits of Cryptolithus Ventral Ceraurus Cephalon Pygidial Spine of Ceraurus Ventral Isotelus Thorax
  2. What this please.

    Hi, my 9 year old is wondering if this is a star fish fossil that he found today, can anyone confirm please.
  3. Brittlestar Fossil Authenticity?

    I purchased a bulk collection of ambers (Baltic and Dominican) from a collector looking for some spare cash. Along with it she included a Geocoma carinata fossil. I admittedly don't know much about fossils. But a few red flags have caught my eye post-purchase not about the amber specimens but the fossil. She is a reputable collector and once owned a store in the area I live in. I guess the first sign is that the information she gave me had the name spelled incorrectly. "Geocoma corinata" I'm a biology student, I get that names can change over time or there are instances of typos but the next big issue I found was that it was supposedly from Morocco. Which in the fossil business is apparently a telltale sign of being fraudulent. Upon closer inspection I've noticed some rather off things and I'm not quite sure if it's authentic now. Maybe she threw it in knowing it was fake? I'm not too sure. It was free though. So all things considered I'll probably end up keeping it, maybe not displaying it though. There are small areas where it looks like someone painted it with an unsteady hand and splattered it on the sides? I'll try my best to mark them where I can. And there are also little cuts in the rock where it almost appears like someone cutting it went too far and didn't other fixing it or covering it up. The stone at the bottom and on top are different from one another, and for being supposedly 150 million years old it's very well preserved. I'm not sure. Maybe I'm just paranoid. I'd love any information you could give me. Thanks ahead of time. (Splatters marked in red? Cuts in blue. Sorry for camera quality my phone is pretty old. ) So I've just learned that the 6 pictures I took aren't able to be uploaded because they exceed the 3.95 mb upload limit? I'll leave a link to imgur I don't know if URL sharing is frowned upon or not there was nothing about it in the "Before you post" discussion. Sorry ahead of time. https://imgur.com/a/9yxNPhg
  4. Swatara Gap PS Starfish

    Here are two more for potential ID. Thanks
  5. Swatara Gap PS Starfish

    Here are a couple more Swatara Gap starfish for possible identification
  6. Swatara Gap PS Starfish

    I've been collecting at the actual Swatara Gap site since I was a kid and over the years collected most of the trilobites and starfish that were found there. However, there are some starfish that I would like to verify. I've tried literature searches and know there is a 1989 paper on them , but I cannot find it on-line. Hopefully, one of you guys can help with identifying these specimens. Any help would be appreciated/
  7. Sea stars / starfish?

    Years ago bought some rock boxes from an estate sale in California. Included were some fossils I just don't know anything about. Most had vague or no IDs. The larger of these Sea Stars is approximately 6.5mm across. Gonna post a few here just to see if anything interesting although these have no connection to my collection.
  8. Starfish

    I got this fossil at an antique shop a while back and I believe they told me it was from Morocco. other than that I have no other information. Is there any way you guys could help me?
  9. Pennsylvanian Starfish from Kansas

    I recently bought this from a live auction and thought that it was cool and the price was right. It was listed as a starfish from Kansas. I did some checking and only found one site that mentioned starfish from Kansas and it stated that they were Pennsylvanian in age and I could not find any other info. I was wondering if anyone has any further info on this piece and I was also wondering if these were formed by the starfish resting? Again any info would be appreciated.
  10. pseudo fossil, starfish

    While walking back to the car I walked over this interesting specimen. I do not know if it is a pseudo fossil most likely, feeding trace of a star fish with lots of arms most unlikely. This comes from the toolebuc formation in central Queensland and is cretaceous. The item in question is 60 mm across. Any comments appreciated. Mike
  11. I bought this along with several other pieces boxed together at a garage sale. The whole piece is 7 inches by nearly 4 inches. The starfish is close to 5 inches longest tip to longest tip. I'm not an expert in any area but it was easy enough for me to distinguish the real ammonites and small trilobites etc. from the few that were enhanced or clearly replicas. I'm a little unsure on this piece, though my gut tells me it is not a genuine fossil. When looking at the photos, it appears the starfish was carved, filled in with a reddish matrix, and then perhaps the figure was pressed into the matrix while it was still wet? Am I right or is this real - or perhaps partly real with enhancements? There is also a small crinoid looking object next to the starfish - photos also included. My guess is the small crinoid may be genuine. Thank you for your input.
  12. Hey guys. I am a new member and currently an 18-year-old freshman college student. I am currently going through basics but as a kid, I loved dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. I recently have thought about changing my major from biology to paleontology. I am a fossil collector and hope to collect hundreds of examples of prehistoric life. As I said I'm a fossil collector but a novice at it. I know relatively what a given organism is but I want to know, if possible, the species. If they are completely unidentifiable, no worries. I might add that all of these fossils did not have locations of where they were found except the starfish which was found in Morocco. I'm making a log of all my fossils and want to know the genus of each individual one. I have linked a google drive folder with all the images of the ones I would like identified if possible. Feel free to message me with any questions or just to get to know me. I'm open to making friends with fellow lovers of life. Thanks. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m0QB8pmy-snZYujwb6Fy06flKsRxQK3E
  13. Hello, As I'm sure most have seen, certain fossils sometimes have a white or cream colored "halo" around them and other times the same type of fossil doesn't. I'm wondering.... can someone explain why this is? I personally always prefer specimens without the halo purely from an aesthetic perspective. But I'd be curious to learn more about why this is done and also whether or not other people prefer one way over the other. Is one way considered more desired than the other way, should one expect to pay a significant premium for one over the other? etc. Thanks very much! And to show you what I'm talking about... here are some examples of specimens I've seen from the same location where one has a halo and one does not. It's obvious, but in each of the three examples the first example does not have a very noticeable halo and the second example does have it.
  14. I was interested in purchasing this brittle starfish fossil from Morocco. I've read how there are a lot of fakes out there. I'd really appreciate some insight. Thanks!
  15. Sparrowbush Star

    This partial found yesterday, Sparrowbush NY , Berme Rd. Cheers, G
  16. I am back from my trip to morocco. It is a 14 days trip and I got 4 days for fossil hunting. It was so imagine, fossils are everywhere and even though I won't be able to dig, I still get plenty to bring home. Since my guide doesn't speak good English, I am not be able to ask him must so I need help to identify the fossil. On the first day, my guide took me to a place near Erfoud to search for dinosaur teeth. It is very close to the highway. We found a well that the local people dig to get Spinosaur teeth and bone. My husband went down to one but couldn't find anything because the well is new and it is not deep enough. We didn't want to try the deeper one so we decide to bought some spinosaur teeth from the local people there. This tooth is a little over 4.5 inches and I think there are some prepare but I can't tell how much. I also bought 3 smaller teeth and was giving the broken one which I don't know what it is.
  17. Day Two ; Locality Two (or Seven if you include Day One) Prepping and Retail, Erfoud, Morocco. 20th February 2019 Erfoud town itself is famous for its beautiful fossils, its skilled fossil preppers and also for its wide variety of fakes, composites, good and bad repair jobs and utter frankenfossils. A large percentage of fossils from Morocco that are available in shops and on the internet the world over originate from here or pass through the place. Fossils are sent here for prepping from all over the south and then sent from here everywhere in the country and abroad. There are many little shops, prepping centres with huge attached shops and 'museums which are really pretty much just shops as well. Top Tip :The prices here are about ten times the price of the prices in the little shacks on the edge of town or elsewhere in Morocco, but haggling can reduce the cost significantly. Many places have 'fixed' prices, but they're actually always negotiable. This time, we went to the one my friend Anouar, who is a tour guide, takes his tourists and I was asked politely not to accuse the owners and chap who'd show us around and do the chat, of having fakes or wrong info, so i had to bite my lip. We asked if it was okay to take photos and they said yes, which I was surprised about, but I guess it was because Anouar was going to use photos for his own purposes and this would involve advertising the shop. Top Tip : You will see a lot of fixed prices in Moroccan Dirham in the pieces and shelves. Divide by ten to have a price in US dollars. Because we were with Anouar, we were told everything is 50% of the marked price, but I suspect they often do this anyway, "Special Berber prices, today only". I've heard that before. And you can still haggle to get something way under that 50% and you just know they'll still be making a good profit. I didn't buy anything. Little local stores are more my line anyway - I rarely shop in supermarkets. Here is the entrance where you can see huge plates ready for prepping and polishing, some have been cut into pieces and they glued back together it seems to me, I know this happens with the crinoid beds, so i guess it's true of the orthocerid and goniatite stuff too. Some just look cobbled together because of the circular saw marks when cutting out upper layers.With these, polishing will remove the grid lines. These sheets are from the local area and contain the goniatites and orthoconic nautiloids we were walking on earlier, but from a better quality, less eroded and distorted source. Famennian, Upper Devonian, I think. This photo shows one of the trenches they dig to reach the best quality material, similar to the ones i was walking along earlier this day : Below, somebody walking on the slabs and some maps of the the world at different times in it's past, showing continental drift. : Notice these are not the famous black orthocerid marbles that come from elsewhere. The picture of Spinosaurus is a bit misleading, as you all know, it's not found in these marbles or in the Erfoud area. In fact there is very little Kem Kem material available here these days, though there was in the past. I suspect the Kem Kem area probably has it's own facillities nowadays.
  18. Real or fake?

    Moroccan starfish fossil purchased near Erfoud. Is it real? Are the small ones a different type of starfish? I am also looking for ideas on how to hang it?
  19. Starfish fossil? Please help ID

    Hi. I would love help identifying this fossil. Is it what it appears to be, a starfish? Total fossil newbie here from central California coast. This was found on the beach near Capitola where we have MANY fossils. I have found lots locally but never anything like this before. Thank you in advance :-)
  20. Awesome Preservation on Star

    My son has couple of pieces of aldebarania ( starfish) found in Pee Dee formation from Rocky Point NC, that have great preservation. On one piece there is an object that appears to be a sponge maybe ? Any ideas? Thanks.
  21. Imprint on the stone

    Please help identify the animal / plant imprint. Stone - flint, the territory where it was found - was once the Sarmatian Sea. The imprint is like a starfish, but there is doubt
  22. Hello TFF! As my fossil collection continues to further expand, I'm finding it harder to store my finds, especially since my room is tiny and my garage is full (of non-fossil related stuff). For my smaller finds I've considered buying some riker boxes. My problem is I have no idea how wide, long, or deep they should be in regards to my finds. I have a nice large enrolled silica shale trilobite from my state of Ohio, a 3D starfish on a "mound" from Pennsylvania that's taller than most of my finds (despite being small, kind of like a tall enchinoid), some marine reptile teeth, 3D brachiopods, etc. I don't really have the room to display stuff on my walls. What sizes should I be looking for, and how deep/wide/long should they be? Where can I purchase these display cases. If there are better alternatives that will hold the fossils in place but not put too much pressure on them. The starfish in particular is fragile. Thanks in advance, Vraptor
  23. Starfish

    I found this behind my house in Hartwick NY in Otsego county. I can tell it is starfish, but looking for any information about it. We are on shale bed so we find fossils all the time. Mostly small shells and ferns. This is a first for our family. It measures 2.5 inches from tip to tip of star fish.
  24. This “fossil” is already in my collection, but I just wanted to confirm that it was inauthentic.
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