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  1. hndmarshall

    And yet another oddity.....

    this one is really odd it is almost plant like in texture when viewed under microscope (pics included) the texture follows the curves of the fossil looking almost like hair under the microscope...sorry only way I could describe it .... It has a dark area along with what look like leafy or hairy parts on it.
  2. JamieLynn

    A Fossil A Day.....

    A Fossil A Day....keeps the blues away! Or something like that... I started an Instragram account (jamielynnfossilquest) and am posting a fossil a day, so I figured I should do that on here, to REAL fossil enthusiasts! I'm a few days behind, so I will start out with a few more than one a day but then it will settle down to One Fossil (but I will admit, I'll probably miss a few days, but I'll double up or whatever.) I'll start with Texas Pennsylvanian era, but will branch out to other locations and time periods, so expect a little of everything! So enjoy A Fossil A Day! Texas
  3. On Wednesday, November 30th, I took yet another trip to my micromorph spot in the Graysonites wacoense Zone of the Grayson Marl Formation, Washita Group of north Texas (Lower Cenomanian, ~97mya), laterally equivalent to the Waco Pit in the Del Rio Fm. further south. This time I focused mainly on looking for shark teeth which was a massive success, and I ended up finding a few new species to add to my faunal list for this location as well. The first find of the day was this nice small lateral Cretalamna catoxodon (Otodontidae) shark tooth, the most common shark species at this site:
  4. hndmarshall

    More odd things from the Gravel pile.

    On first inspection I thought it was just some sort of man made goop but it is fossilized and on the side looks a little like some sort of bryozoan I had seen pics of online..... so goop or bryozoan?
  5. hndmarshall

    Think I found a little critter!

    Looks like a little Octopus but may be wishful thinking what do you think? ... tried to get good pics. found in gravel pile from Brazos river here in Texas west of Houston.
  6. Yesterday, I embarked on my second journey with the Austin Paleo Society to a famous spot: The Wilson Clay Pit. It's the site of a former clay quarry that was used for the production of bricks. Though it is in private hands, the land owners are very kind and allow fossil hunters to collect a diverse range of Pennsylvanian fossils on their property. One of prize finds from the pit is the highly-coveted Petalodus tooth. Some of y'all may remember me wishing to find one on my last trip to the Brownwood area, only to realize we weren't at the right sites to find them. Well, if there was a place to
  7. I heard from a friend that someone recently posted a bryozoan I found here but I missed seeing it and I can't find it so they may have been mistaken. However, that reminded me that I had only posted it on Facebook so I thought you might like seeing it here too. I'm pretty sure it is a Tabulipora carbonaria which must have been named by a lumper since it appears in such a wide variety of forms. It can be branching, encrusting or massive. The latter is how you describe one than is self-encrusting, forming a sub-hemispherical mound, much like a stromatolite. This is one of the branchi
  8. hndmarshall

    Strange Petrified Wood?

    This is a weird find as I have not found petrified wood like it before if that is what it is. The cell structure in the broken area is colorful and detailed.
  9. swr10a

    Help identifying fossil

    Found this in grey county in the panhandle of Texas. I am unsure if it is a rock or a fossil. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  10. There are few reasons why I would ever wake up at 5 am and begin a two and a half hour drive out to the middle of nowhere. When I saw that the PSoA was heading out to the Brownwood area, I knew it was an opportunity too good to pass up. Everything I had hunted prior might as well have been buried yesterday when compared to the mind-blowing ages of Pennsylvanian and Permian rocks. It's still crazy to think that those formations were roughly three times the age of the oldest stuff I'd seen before. When I peeled out of the parking garage to begin my drive under the stars, I didn't feel an ounce o
  11. Egrigg

    Texas vertebrae

    From what two of my friend have said, this is most likely a mosasaur vertebrae. To get specific maybe a mosasaur terminal vertebrae. I’m still not totally sure though so if I could get some help on the ID I would appreciate it!
  12. Jeniferkey

    Is this a fossil

    I found this in a run off area among sandstone and limestone rocks. I’ve seen plenty of squashed frogs and that is what this looked like to me. This was in an area noted as Pennsylvanian series, Graham formation. I tend to see faces in everything, so I was hoping to get help in identifying this. Any opinions are appreciated.
  13. Mochaccino

    Two Nautiloid Steinkerns?

    Hello, Could I get some help identifying these two nautiloid steinkerns? Unfortunately no precise age/locality info on them but I think they might be from the Pennsylvanian or Permian of Kansas or Texas. They are both around 8-9cm wide. 1. 2. Referring to this: http://inyo2.coffeecup.com/kansasfossils/kansasfossils.html I think #1. might be Metacoceras and #2. might be Liroceras. @Missourian I believe you are referenced in that post and you seem to be experienced in this fauna? Thanks
  14. Mochaccino

    Pennsylvanian/Permian crinoids

    Hello, I have a whole bunch of unidentified crinoids I'd like some help identifying. From my guess on the species and the fact that there were all together (as well as the other specimens that came with it), my guess is that these are Pennsylvanian or Permian-aged crinoids from Texas or Kansas. I'm hoping narrowing down the ID would better pinpoint the provenance for them. Here goes. The calyxes all range from 1-2 cm wide. I did attempt to ID them, using resources including this by the forum's @Missourian: #1-#4 I think are all of the sam
  15. Here are just some of my finds from a day spent in the Graysonites wacoense Zone, Grayson Marl Formation, Washita Group of north Texas (Lower Cenomanian, ~97mya) last Sunday, November 13th. This is my second visit to the site, which is equivalent to and faunally almost identical to the Del Rio micromorph exposures of further south, today only present at a couple sites in the DFW area. Starting off with the first find which happened to be my first complete (sans spines and Aristotle’s lantern of course), and largest Goniophorus scotti (Goniophoridae) urchin:
  16. CDiggs

    Ideas on Pathological Centrum?

    Hi Fossil Forum, I found this centrum last Tuesday (Fort Bend county, TX, Beaumont Formation-Pleistocene) that has an odd hole running straight through the middle of it that I suspect is pathological. While I know isolated vertebra (and partial ones at that) are near impossible to identify, I was curious if anyone had any ideas on possible candidates for an animal it could have come from and what might have potentially caused the pathology. I'd appreciate any feedback you'd care to offer. Dimensions at the widest points are roughly 7.2cm top to bottom, 7.6cm side to sid
  17. I had a pretty great birthday 11/09! Still young at 31! Cole woke me up the night before and said after work he is taking me out to Glen Rose Dino Valley State park in Glen Rose, TX and then going ammonite hunting for some decorations for Ruby’s vivarium. (Ruby is my pink morph western hognose snake) Of course I couldn’t go back to sleep before work after that! I know a lot of Texans probably went there during grade school and to some people dinosaurs are too “typical” but for someone who has lived in Indiana & Texas where it’s mostly marine fossils (and in Iceland there were
  18. So a couple of weeks ago, I, along with my younger brother, decided to embark on our first field trip with the Dallas Paleontological Society. The destination was Moss Creek, a decently sized waterway on private property that feeds into the NSR. Just like in the main river, we were seeking a red layer exposure of the Ozan Fm (though I read that this red layer is different from the one at the river). This site is famous for its abundance of marine microfossils, namely shark/fish teeth. One of the people on the trip was a researcher (Shawn Hamm) who is currently finishing up a paper on this very
  19. ClearLake

    Whiskey Bridge Ostracods

    Last week in a thread by @WyomingRocks! about Whiskey Bridge, a Middle Eocene Claiborne Group site in Texas, @historianmichael asked about ostracods from there. I said I would post some pictures, so here I go. I brought home a bunch of matrix from the site a couple years ago and have broken much of it down and pulled out the larger fossils, but I had not really gone through the micro stuff until recently. I sieved it through a series of screens and found the ostracods primarily on the 60 mesh screen. I have only gone through a tiny amount of it, but wanted to answer his question as I tend
  20. A new hadrosauridae, Malefica deckerti is described in this publication. It's from the Aguja Formation of Texas. This was initially assigned to cf Kritosaurus navajovius in 2002. The holotype appears to be just a partial left maxilla Paywalled https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0195667122002804
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