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  1. Hi ya'll! I had my first real break as a newbie recently and finally reached my all time goal of finding my first shark tooth this weekend. This was at the waco pit, which I (think) is at a confluence of the del rio formation and the eagle ford formation. Over the course of several afternoons, 3 more shark teeth followed, as well as a vertebrae to wrap up a nice trip that also drew up some pyratized ammonites and shells. The daily collection limit of two per person meant that my brother and I were able to really zone in to hot spots with what we wanted rather than being
  2. brdalrymple1971

    Need some help with this one!

    Found this in a limestone out-crop on the Bosque river near Waco. Also found Turrilite and sea urchin fossils in the same layer. The details on this piece look flesh like not like shell. Any help on ID will be greatly appreciated.
  3. Okay. I need some corroboration so I know I'm not losing my mind over here. I go to the Waco Pit pretty often because I live close by. When I was there yesterday, the office guy told me there's a collection limit of 2 specimens. I asked for a copy of the paperwork so I could have it and it did indeed state 2 pieces. When I was a kid, there was no limit. The last time I was there - last year some time with another person who agreed with my recollection - you were allowed 2 specimens from 5 different species, so a max total of 10 specimens. Then I saw a post here from onl
  4. GPayton

    Pterosaur Finger Bone?

    I've been doing a lot of exploration in the Grayson Formation (Lower Cretaceous) exposures south of Waco lately, and so last week I was doing some hunting on a nice marly slope in the South Bosque River. I picked up lots of pyritized heteromorph ammonites and some turritella, but what really caught my eye was this tiny piece of fossilized bone. I know that vertebrate material can be found in the Grayson - I've even found some nice Cretolamna and Ptychodus teeth myself - but this doesn't seem to be fish or shark. The walls of the inner cavity are extremely thin when you look at the cross sectio
  5. I’m new to collecting and not sure what these are. Found in field near construction where earth was dug up. In Waco, TX. Any help appreciated. jc
  6. Found this near Waco, Tx. I think it is fossilized, but I'm no expert. In the same creek we found a whole horse skeleton awhile back coming out of the side of the creek, but this tooth looks fossilized. Makes me wonder if we shouldn't have looked closer at that skeleton.
  7. PetrifiedDoubleGulp

    Very strange bone, Lake Waco

    Found this very very strange bone on the banks of Lake Waco. Any ideas?
  8. Took a little overnight trip to hit up a few fossil sites. It was a lovely balmy 80 degrees the day before, but a cold front blew through that night and dropped the temp to the upper 30s with drizzle! But my husband and I had already commited to a dinner with cousins and a B&B stay in Waco and a "guided" tour to the Waco Research PIt the next day, so snarge the weather, off we went. First site was to Brownwood in an attempt to find a supposed Pennsylvanian roadcut to look for crinoids and such. The drizzle finally stopped when I found what I thought "might" be the site, but it certainly
  9. Untitled

    Cretoxyrhina vraconensis Texas

    From the album: Cretaceous Shark Teeth

    Waco, Texas Cretoxyrhina vraconensis. Albian in age.
  10. Untitled

    Cretoxyrhina vraconensis Texas

    From the album: Cretaceous Shark Teeth

    Waco, Texas Cretoxyrhina vraconensis. Albian in age.
  11. I went by the Corps of Engineers office and got signed up to visit the Waco Research Pit but I forgot to ask the hours the pit is open? Does anyone know? The office is closed now, and I'm thinking of going in the morning. Russ
  12. It was a long day, but a good one. I took my kids to 2 museums of sorts today. I drove the 2 hours down to the Waco mammoth site, which is now a National Monument as of 2015. It was cool to see and reasonably nice. It was very clean and neat, maybe just a bit too much so since it is supposed to be an active dig site. They have a very small visitors center combo gift shop, maybe 10 people could be in there at once. There are guided tours maybe every 30 min or so. Our guide was a National Park ranger in uniform. The was one other in uniform and a third not in uniform, who could have been a
  13. I hope to take some of my grandchildren (ages 6-12) on a fossil hunting trip near Hewitt, TX during my week there between Christmas and New Years. I've been to the Waco Research Pit with them two other times, so this time I'd like to take them somewhere else. My preferred maximum range is about 45 minutes from Hewitt, although we could go further if needed. They enjoy the outdoors and have been fossil hunting with me numerous times. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Limestone fossil

    I found this odd pattern on what Im guessing is a fossil...
  15. Found this in a creek on my dad's land while arrow head hunting. Place is located east of Waco. Please help identify.
  16. RyanNREMTP

    Latest Lake Waco Trip

    So yesterday I hit the Waco Pit since it had been a couple of months since I last got out. Previous two trips were great since all I found were shark teeth. On one trip I found nine teeth in about 1 1/2 hours. Yesterday was just a chance to get outside and away from people. My other option was to go cycling on the river walk in town. Yesterday was pretty cool, temp was 47 degrees when I arrived. There was a cold breeze coming from the south. Skies were very overcast as well. Typical Central Texas weather. I hit the trail head and decided to head east inside of my normal west
  17. I went to the Waco Research Area a few days ago and found my first shark tooth and some nice ammonites. I know nothing about shark teeth, any ideas on this one?
  18. Took a little trip out to the Lake Waco Research Area a few days ago (which, by the way, will be off limits for 6 weeks unless you go get a permit before the second week of December). This was my third or fourth time out there and I definitely came up with my best finds from there to date. Got the usual pryitized ammonites and bivalves, 2 beat up shark teeth, 1 tiny fish vertebra, and lots of pieces of echinoids, possibly coenholectypus. I did find one really nice shark tooth by almost sitting on it, a couple of mystery ammonites, and finally got a complete coenholectypus. Saw lots and lot
  19. Brazos Aaron

    Heteromorph ammonite from Waco?

    Hello, Found these while out at the Lake Waco Research Area toward the back end. The research area is Cretaceous Del Rio clay, but this seems to have rolled down the hill from a formation above, possibly Buda limestone or something on top of that. There are 2 specimens and I believe they represent the same type of animal. I haven't really found anything like this before, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  20. So Brazos Aaron notified me that the Corp of Engineers office will be closed for an extended amount of time next month. I went by there today to get a long term permit and spoke with the ladies there. The office that is located by the airport will be closed starting December 11th till January or February next year. They are renovating the office. For the mean time they will be moving to the office at Midway Park until the regular office is finished. Midway Park is in the 2000 N Hwy-6, right before the Twin Bridges. I haven't been by there so I don't know the exact details beyond this. I
  21. Mammoth site veteran challenges study on drought as cause of death By J.B. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald, April 8, 2017 http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/mammoth-site-veteran-challenges-study-on-drought-as-cause-of/article_4b7849ca-35e5-502f-b89d-25e88c08c5cb.html What killed the Waco mammoths? Drought, not flood, a new study suggests By J.B. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald, Jan. 27, 2017 http://www.wacotrib.com/news/city_of_waco/what-killed-the-waco-mammoths-drought-not-flood-a-new/article_68aec48b-cbc4-5319-aaba-0e67e06314cc.html Other web pa
  22. RyanNREMTP

    My day at the Waco Pit

    So since all the kids are in school now I have free time. I hit the Lake Waco Research Area this morning for a couple of hours. I managed to find nine shark teeth, seven of them in the first 30 minutes and 50 yards of the trail head. Never have I found so many in one trip. Guess this I won't find any the next couple of trips. Still a very good day.
  23. My boyfriend and I went out to the research pit in Waco today and I found a large urchin. The problem is that it's been crushed, more or less. The mud under it is not fossilized, so it's pretty likely that it will fall apart into lots of little pieces if I handle it too much or try to take off excess mud. I guess I have several questions about this. - Is it worth even trying to save? I was pretty excited to find one this big - it's about 4" in diameter - and after many hours of hunting, never found another one in any condition of any size. I don't expect it to be worth anything monetarily
  24. Mammoth tooth reveals beast once walked around Austin, Texas Laura Geggel, Live Science, August 30, 2017 http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/08/30/mammoth-tooth-reveals-beast-once-walked-around-austin-texas.html Yours, Paul H.
  25. KCMOfossil

    Worms from the (Waco) pit

    Last week while visiting Waco, Texas, I took four of my grandchildren to the Waco Research Pit. After getting a permit, we spent about three hours there and among the more fascinating fossils we found were oysters (possibly of the genus Texigryphaea). Of special interest were the epibionts, some of which seem to be parasitic. There were at least two sizes of tube worms, and bryozoans. The second picture below is not of epibionts on an oyster, but rather a one-inch wide piece I found separately in the same area. If I understand correctly, the Waco Pit is in the Del Rio Clay Formation, Ceno
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