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  1. GPayton

    Unknown Humerus

    I found this distal end of a mammalian humerus several weeks ago on the Brazos River southwest of Houston. After hours of searching, it doesn't seem to exactly match any of the common suspects: deer, camel, horse, or bison. Deer or camel is more likely than horse or bison, as the bone is relatively slender and the end of it isn't as bulky as either of those animals. It is possible that I have incorrectly ruled out deer and camels as the trochlea and capitulum on the end are very worn down. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm more than willing to hear them. Thanks!
  2. The winner of the April 2022 VFOTM goes to... Enchodus fish jaw - Cretaceous, Cenomanian - Cap-blanc-Nez, France Congratulations to @Manticocerasman !!!
  3. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends May 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Pathological Carcharodon carcharias shark tooth- Miocene-Pleistocene - Savannah River, Georgia 2. Enchodus fish jaw - Cretaceous, Cenomanian - Cap-blanc-Nez, France 3. Ikamauius ensifer sawshark rostrum and associated teeth in a concretion - Mid Miocene - Canterbury, New Zealand 4. Russellosaurus coheni (juvenile) mo
  4. gdsfossil

    Waurika Permian Fossil or not?

    Going through Permian matrix. We have found many teeth and other identifiable microfossils. I have also found many of these metallic looking dark rocks. Are they bone fragments, or partially melted rocks? Thank you.
  5. Hello, I recently visited a Permian site near Waurika Pond and collected microfossils for my students to explore back in the classroom. Is there a guide to identifying these fossils out there somewhere or is piecemeal searching here the way to go. If not, I will be making the one page guide over the summer have it to offer. Any help on something simple for my elementary aged students would be much appreciated. IMG_0064.DNG IMG_0065.DNG
  6. The winner of the March 2022 VFOTM goes to... Glikmanius occidentalis cladodont tooth - Late Pennsylvanian (Finis Shale; Graham Formation) - Jacksboro, Texas Congratulations to @historianmichael !!
  7. Just acquired this associated fish vertebrate, the size of the rock behind this is about 28 cm, and that site produces a lot of megalodon teeth so I think it’s a Miocene fish. I'm not sure if it's identifiable by the vertebrae alone.
  8. Hi Folks, Lately I have been finding a lot of small teeth in my sifter. Most are damaged and that doesn't help trying to ID them. I lack a reference collection and the necessary books to compare these to, so I am asking for some help from our resident Peace River and vertebrate experts. My photos aren't the best and I know that doesn't help, but I did my best with my dated camera and hand tremors. I have numbered the teeth in the photos and will provide notes for them below : 1) This is a complete tooth and a very attractive little guy. 2) This
  9. Hi everyone! I have no idea what this is. I looked up various scapulas and hip bones from various things (mostly reptiles) and could not find a match. It gets weirder though, while this one is from North Florida I have another almost identical one from the Moroccan Kem Kem! This piece measures 7.5 cm/2.95 inches long. The "fan" is 5.2 cm/ 2.05 inches wide. The base is 2.6 x 2 cm/ 1.02 x .79 inches. I'll try and get some pics of the Moroccan one but it broke and I have to fix it. What do ya'll think?
  10. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends April 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Peripristis semicircularis shark tooth - Pennsylvanian, Limestone Member of the Bond Formation - Oglesby, Illinois 2. Glikmanius occidentalis cladodont tooth - Late Pennsylvanian (Finis Shale; Graham Formation) - Jacksboro, Texas 3. Chondrichthyan tooth (Thrinacodus sp.?) - Late Pennsylvanian, unnamed black shale member of the Bond
  11. Hi everyone! I've been dabbling in Ice Age Mammal material and I'm having a hard time differentiating isolated bones between all the different large hairy and not hairy beasts we had back then, particularly in the South Central and South East U.S. Does anyone know any good id books that can help with that? Thanks!
  12. The winner of the February 2022 VFOTM goes to... Mammuthus columbi mammoth skull segment with ear bone - Pleistocene - Brazos River, southeast Texas Congratulations to @Brandy Cole !!
  13. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends March 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Dipnoi indet lungfish tooth - Devonian, Famennian (372.2-358.9 Ma) - Ardennes, Belgium 2. Unidentified tooth - Cretaceous - NW Queensland, Australia 3. Mammuthus columbi mammoth skull segment with ear bone - Pleistocene - Brazos River, southeast Texas 4. Ischyodus bifurcastus chimaeroid fish spin
  14. Futurefossil


    Found the vertebrate in some landscaping river rock. I have no clue on the type of animal. I'm pretty sure it's part of a vertebrate but I could be wrong. The pointed thing I found by ft. Worth. I have no clue with that either.
  15. The winner of the January 2022 VFOTM goes to... Metatheria (marsupial) tooth - Late Cretaceous, Aguja Fm (~82-77 Ma) - Brewster County, Texas Congratulations to @ThePhysicist !!
  16. TyrannosaurusRex

    Tucson 2022 Finds

    Hello all! I’ve just gotten home from Tucson, it was a great show. Having taken a 5+ year hiatus on fossil collecting, this was a wonderful return to the community, and getting to talk to some of the kindest and most knowledgeable people in the world. While there was much less as far as fossils go compared to the last time I went, I found some really good things to add to my ever growing collection. Prognathodon Currii Tooth Morocco 2 1/2 in or 6 1/2 cm Dromaeosaurid Tooth (Unknown Species) Tegana Formation, Tafallit Morocco 2 1/2 in or 6 1/2 cm
  17. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends February 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Metatheria (marsupial) tooth - Late Cretaceous, Aguja Fm (~82-77 Ma) - Brewster County, Texas 2. Nannippus sp. (Presently unnamed; Hulbert, 1987) molar - Miocene, Clarendonian Land Mammal Age - Brazos River, Southeast Texas 3. Brachauchenine pliosaur tooth - Cretaceous, Berriasian, Vectis Fm- Yaverland, Isle of Wight, UK
  18. Howdy! I recently went to Post Oak creek, and ended up with more matrix than I can immediately use. Rather than let it sit unsearched, I figured it was worth a shot to post some up for trade here. Each bag has a pound of material in it, and they have proved to be very productive. I’ve found numerous ptychodus teeth, a (poorly preserved) lobster carapace, shark and fish vertebra, various bones, coprolites, and of course, lots of other shark teeth. So there’s lots of different things that can be found. I’ve got around 25-30 lbs I’d be willing to trade. I am primarily interested in verte
  19. 2021 VERTEBRATE FOSSIL OF THE YEAR (VFOTY) The winner of the 2021 VFOTY goes to... Aepycamelus sp. camel jaw - Middle Miocene, Clarendonian, Truckee River Fm. - Nevada Congratulation to @NevadaHunter !!!
  20. TyrannosaurusRex

    Morocco Bone ID

    Hey all! I’ve got a piece I’ve been looking at and considering purchasing when I have the funds. It’s marked as a Mosasaur rear jaw section, and it’s not reading to me as such, but I still have an interest in bones from the area so I figured it was worth a shot having the experts look at it. I’m hoping to improve my fossil preparation skills and I’m interested in doing some restorative work on some less special pieces.
  21. The winner of the December 2021 VFOTM goes to... Multituberculate (cf. Meniscoessus sp.) incisor - Cretaceous, Campanian, Aguja Fm, (~82-77 Ma) - Brewster County, Texas Congratulations to @Opabinia Blues !!
  22. How many Myllokunmingia specimens are known to science? I keep on seeing wildly varying numbers, ranging from 1 to close to 100, and I really want to get a straight answer.
  23. Check the entries below carefully and cast your vote! PM me if you notice any errors with the entries. The poll ends January 9th. Be sure to vote in our other FOTM poll, HERE 1. Synechodus tenuis shark tooth - Cretaceous, Ferruginous Sands Fm - Whale Chine, Isle of Wight, UK 2. Archeolamna sp. cf. A. kopingensis shark tooth - Cretaceous - Texas 3. Physogaleus contortus shark tooth - Neogene, Pungo River Fm - North Carolina 4. Hempristis serra shark tooth - Neogene, Pungo River Fm - North Carolina
  24. The winner of the November 2021 VFOTM goes to... Basal Mosasaur - Cretaceous (Turonian), Eagle Ford Formation - Central Texas Congratulations to @Jared C !!!
  25. In the September 2021 issue of "Natural History" magazine, there's an article, "The Trans-Saharan Seaway," by Devin Reese, Robert V. Hill. and Leif Tapanila. Anyone who collects fossil shark teeth knows Morocco and other parts of northern Africa were submerged by an inland sea as recently as the early-middle Eocene but there was also an arm of the sea that cut south all the way from what is now Algeria to what is now the Gulf of Guinea. The article summarizes the work of a team of geologists and paleontologists across a ten-year period in the early 2000's. It reviews a number of fossil find
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