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  1. Dale from Utah

    Caramel colored petrified "wood".

    I recently found this fossilized example on the surface of the desert in east central Utah, Emery county, on the road to chimney rock. The caramel color isn't typical of the petrified wood that I've found before and I'm wondering if this might be another plant such as a palm, fern, cycad, or something else. Growth rings are present but are not particularly strong. The "sap" inside appears to have turned into a different type of mineral. The light green highlights on the surface are lichens and are not part of the stone. Any ideas as to what type of plant this is? Thanks.
  2. Is this a skull of a baby raptor or is it just a rock? I just want to be sure before i take next step.
  3. I see on the web many deferent looking specimens being sold as Dino Coprolites. From what I’ve read on the web, most of these specimens are thought to be purely geologic. I was able to purchase 14 slabs labeled as Dino Coprolites from Utah for a very reasonable price so I bought them to see what I could see under a microscope. Chemical analysis and analysis of thin sections are much better ways to approach this. The individual pictures of the below 5 slabs (one is an end cut) were taken with the pieces wet and the close-up pictures taken with my microscope were taken with the pieces dry.
  4. KompsFossilsNMinerals


    Hey all, I bought this trilobite from a seller today and was wondering if anyone could help me ID it. I'm pretty sure its from Utah, and I think it's an Elrathia, but I just want to get some other thoughts or opinions. In the bottom left there seems to be part of an agnostid, but I could be wrong. The seller said that they didn't know where it came from unfortunately.
  5. Today is my 50th birthday so I wanted to select my fifty favorite fossil finds to present. But....because I am obsessive, I couldn't settle on just 50. So here's 150. My favorite 150 fossil finds. And there's still more - but then it would be 250 or 555...I don't know. Anyways, enjoy. Mostly Texas, some from Utah, Florida, North Carolina, New York and England (denoted by the state initials or UK). Almost all were found by me, except about 4 which were gifted to me. I did actually narrow it down to 50...initially. But then I had to do pages for the
  6. Scot12

    Is this a fossil

    Found this south of Green River, UT. Does anyone know if this is a fossil or what it is?
  7. Pavlosmelas

    UTAH trilobite?

    Hello All, I wonder if this trilobite is the common kingii, or is it another species? I believe it must be a trilobite from Utah, but my knowledge is still small. Thank you for taking a look!
  8. Horse remains reveal new insights into how Native peoples raised horses The findings, published today in the journal American Antiquity, are the latest in the saga of the “Lehi horse.” Heritage Daily, February 5, 2021 Horse remains reveal new insights into how Native peoples raised horses By Daniel Strain University of Colorado, Feb. 4, 2021 Unearthed skeleton sheds light on how Native Americans cared for their horses, Horsetalk.co.nz, February 5, 2021 An older article. Lehi family finds prehistoric bones in their backy
  9. Newly discovered fossil named after U of A paleontologist By Andrew Lyle, Univeristy of Alberta Research News, January 26, 2021 https://www.ualberta.ca/folio/2021/01/newly-discovered-fossil-named-after-u-of-a-paleontologist.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/uoa-ndf012621.php https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210127093217.htm The paper is: M. Ryan King, Andrew D. La Croix, Terry A. Gates, Paul B. Anderson, Lindsay E. Zanno. Glossifungites gingrasi n. isp., a probable subaqueous insect domicile from the Cretac
  10. jon5500

    fossil ID requests

    Hello, First time ever posting here and I am looking for some fossil ID's for the three attached fossils. The first one below is 70x65x10mm; middle is 100x90x60mm, and the bottom is 100x90x40mm. Unfortunately, I can't say much about location. These come from a relative who passed away who had a degree in earth science, and got that degree in 1960. He did a lot of traveling and collecting of fossils in the western USA, although he was raised and went to college in western PA USA. Not sure how useful that is, but that's all I have. Thank you in advance for any help!
  11. Taking a break from my many projects to do a bit of planning/research for my 2021 Utah excursion, putting together my "preop brief" Kept stumbling on references to Bathyocos housensis. Its a "new" genus and the species description only has very nice stereo images of the cranidium. Looks like all the paratype specimens are also just glabella-centric cranidia as per SUNDBERG, F.A. 1994. Corynexochida and Ptychopariida (Trilobita, Arthropoda) of the Ehmaniella Biozone (Middle Cambrian), Utah and Nevada. Contributions in Science from the Natural History Everyone else seems
  12. Here is a good website that gives the gps coordinates for several fossil sites near Moab, Utah. https://www.discovermoab.com/dinosaur-museums-and-hikes/ Nearby south of Moab is the newly discovered mysterious 12 foot tall metal monolith, sort of like the one in Planet of the Apes. 38°20′35.2″N 109°39′58.5″W See video still from David Sparks Instagram page. If no one claims it then maybe they should take it to a local museum.
  13. I was doing some research on the ordovician cruziana plates I found in Millard Co, Utah a few years ago and noticed something funny. It seems that similar looking specimens from around the world are frequently the same pink color. In my experience pink fossils are rare. But, it seems pink cruziana is not. Google the cruziana found at Penha Garcia park in Portugal for example. Any thoughts as to why? Here are some pictures of mine.
  14. Sjfriend

    Unknown Utah Trilobite

    This trilobite pygidium was found in a talus slope at base of Fossil Mountain in Western Utah. As you can see it is quite weathered. I found it about 25 years ago when my mom and I went back country driving in my Ford Tempo lol. That car went into a number of not car friendly areas haha. From what I know of area geology I believe it would be Ordovician in age
  15. Hello! First of all, I am not a geologist. This isn't my field of work. I am hoping somebody here can help me with this! Today I drove a few miles southeast of St George UT and into AZ. This place is amazing. Fossils everywhere. Just incredible stuff. Was out looking for crystals and whatnot... And unearthed these... Looking to what it is, a guess maybe on how old, and HOPEFULLY an explanation of what the small "hair looking" matter is. It looks like a root, and hair, I actually have no idea but this thing was entirely underground and inside this chunk of material tha
  16. Hey everyone, I’ve been meaning to get this post up for a few days but I’ve been dealing with my poor cat inky (Sweetheart of a cat) who is on her final day of life today. I will have to put her down November 1st. Very sad time as she’s been my companion the last 13 years. I’m sure many can relate. I’ll try to keep the chatter short and just get up as many photos I can for you kind people on the forum to enjoy. I just got back recently from an amazing trip to Utah and Nevada (Oct/11/2020-Oct/18/2020) Where I was camping in the field and trilobite collecting for 6 days s
  17. Billymachi

    Coral ID help

    This is an isolated find, mixed in a gravel pediment perched above the Colorado River. So I cannot even guess what formation it was derived from. The first photo looks like the anchor to bedrock. The third photo is the top view.
  18. Billymachi

    Triassic Bone - phytosaur?

    Probably from Petrified Forest member. Literature says phytosaur remains a common occurrence. Can anybody confirm what it is?
  19. Billymachi

    Allosaurus Caudal Vertebrae

    This purchase was advertised as an Allosaurus (half) vertebrae obtained from Ernest Shirley inventory. Matches well with exhibits 4,5,6 of the illustration from Charles Gilmore's 1920 report on Osteology of Carniverous Dinosauria... which is considered to be a 5th (?) caudal vertebrae of A fragilis (Antrodemus). I would appreciate any feedback on what details are present in this fossil and perhaps where this may have been collected, as no provenance was provided. There are small pits visible in the side view which may be fossae. I have seen photos of similar looking specim
  20. Found this on a hike near Jacob Hamlin Arch. Wish I had something next to it for scale, but it was sticking out around 20-26cm and about as round as a large loaf of french bread.
  21. Several years ago a few friends and I went out to southeastern Utah for a week of landscape photography. We weren’t there to explore for fossils, but at one location, a place called Andy Miller Flats, I found abundant petrified wood. Whoever named the place must have been an unscrupulous land agent hoping to dupe unsuspecting easterners into buying “a place out west.” The only thing flat here will be your car’s tires after you drive carelessly over its unimproved dirt roads. It really is remote. When I wrote my book Outdoor Navigation with GPS I used the photo of the solo hiker below as a
  22. Dr. Barry Albright, University of North Florida - Discovering Nothronychus Graffami, Northeast Public Radio UNF professor involved in new dinosaur discovery in Utah, University of North Florida L. Barry Albright, University of North Florida, Researchgate Papers Yours, Paul H.
  23. NatalieinFlagstaff

    Utah septarian surprise

    In May of 2020, my boyfriend David and I drove up to Utah to go look for septarian nodules. I should preface this by saying that David has the most amazing "beginner's luck" of anyone I have ever known. Not only did we find a beautiful "normal" septarian nodule, David found a spot where apparently a large marine reptile of some sort died, and was later encased in septarian. We have since learned that this is basically the find of a lifetime! The beauty of these specimens never fails to amaze me. The large free form was cut and polished for us by Joe's Rock Shop. The matched pair was cut at Joe
  24. This is a specimen from the strata near the top of Fossil Mountain/ Ibex in Millard County, Utah, USA. ( Ordovician- Lehman Formation) This is as-found 17JUL19 , no prep was done as I thought the weathering was beautiful just the way it is! Lots of interesting stuff in there, bits of various trilos, bivalves, ostrocoda,and lots of those coiled and partially coiled critters I have yet to identify.
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