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  1. Hi all, I haven't been very active on this forum in a while, but I've still been collecting and prepping. Thought I would share a bit of a milestone with you guys.and talk a little about what I've been up to in the time I haven't been active on here. First up, my first Pulalius vulgaris! I had the great pleasure of doing some hunting in the Lincoln Creek Formation with Will @Fossilis Willis a little over a year ago and found this small concretion just over 2 inches in width. How it looked when I got it home: Knocked the extra matrix off quickly, and set it aside
  2. Cacti123

    Is this a fossil

    Found in central Washington in the hills near Mt Adams. Is this a fossilized egg?
  3. Sarahfiena

    Please ID

  4. Ron Figlar-Barnes

    What is this?

    Found a large boulder that had recently tumbled down a rocky hillside on a rock hounding trip near Elma Washington. The boulder measured about 4 x 4 x 3 ft. and consisted of compacted fine-grained sandstone or siltstone. However, there was a dark seam running through it. On closer inspection this darker material was encased in the fine sediment and looked like cells. We estimated this cell material made up around 30 percent of the rock structure. The seam expanded in certain areas. Here is a crude drawing. We used a rock hammer to break off a small chunk. The rock was very hard, and it
  5. Pnwmedic

    ID help

    Found at bottom of cliff near a lot of crab concretions and other shallow water coastal marine fossils. Oligocene, late eocene. Polypytychoceras?
  6. Hello all, After a few shrimp I finally decided to try giving a crab nodule a go. This is my first time working on a Washington Pulalius vulgaris and so far I am pretty happy with my progress, It hasn't been too sticky and while it's more disarticulated then I expected it seems to all be there. The nodule before prep - this side turned out to be the bottom so I quickly switched to the other After about an hour, I managed not to ding up the carapace too much which I am thrilled about. I am now bout 4 hours in. There are 4
  7. LewFam

    Found on Beach

    Hello, I found, what I believe to be, a bone on the beach on the coast of Washington. I’ve never found anything like this, and google wasn’t much help. It’s about 27 inches long and ranges between about 5-8 inches in width. Any help would be much appreciated!! -Rachel
  8. BentonlWalters

    First Prep of 2023

    With the start of 2023 I decided to take a break from my long running prep project and prepare out something smaller to start the year off. I collected several of these C. clallamensis shrimp nodules last January and in my previous experience they tend to prep well. This was one that I had split on the beach so I knew that there was a large-ish claw and hoped nodule contained the rest of the arm also. The nodule before prep Unfortunately this nodule didn't contain an arm but rather a bunch of fragmentary shell remains and one large disarticulated claw, but
  9. Bones, teeth and really old rocks: How finding fossils takes me out of myself Meredith Rizzo, National Public Radio, October 17, 2022 Fossils in the architecture of Washington, D.C Fossils in Architecture National Building Museum, March 26, 2014 Yours, Paul H.
  10. DLB

    Crab concretion

    This one turned out good
  11. CH4ShotCaller

    Washington Fish Nodule

    Early Oligocene fish nodule from the Lincoln Creek Formation in SW Washington state.
  12. Hello all! In my hunt to find crab concretions I started out at the beaches of the Olympic Peninsula. I wanted to share what I have found! I have gone three times so far and the close to six hour round trip was a bit rough, but very well worth it and I can't wait to learn and discover more. I am struggling to find crabs, but I am continuing my research and hope to figure something out soon. If there is anyone that could point me in the right direction that would be greatly appriciated as well! The first concretion I opened, It took no effort to crack. I speculate it cou
  13. Merry_Puffins

    Agatized bone?

    Found in the Cle Elum, Washington area. This bone was found in the river, appears to be agatized. Would love to know if anyone could identify it. I wold imagine it’s a type of digit. Thank you in advance.
  14. Hello everybody. Besides being busy making fossil prep video's, I'm learning a new editing software program that is much much better than the first one I learned. Way easier and much better to handle/play/control audio with this one. Anyways, I made a 5 part crab prepping series and this is Part 3. Part 4 and 5 will be published the next two saturdays. Enjoy Oh, this video is just under 3 minutes so it wont waste too much of your time. https://youtu.be/-GMQEFqw5MQ
  15. CH4ShotCaller


    A stunning find yesterday, my best so far, of a rare palaega goedertorum. Lincoln Creek Formation, upper Oligocene of Washington state. 34 years hunting here, I've only found six. Some of my colleagues have hunted for decades and have yet to find one.
  16. MarcusFossils

    USA/Washington/Middle Cambrian

    From the album: My Collection

  17. Here is a crab prep video I did last week. Not only had fun making the video but I remember having fun prepping this out. It was quite the challenge. 3 minutes 34 seconds. https://youtu.be/w6Sw-FdlIlQ
  18. All of these came from Oregon or Washington State. My kids tell me they're just rocks... I know for sure that quite a few of them are more then just plain rocks ..right?
  19. CH4ShotCaller

    Last Summer's Goods

    Here's a few finds from last summer's hunt. Many are still being acid etched. The megalodon tooth was found in Washington's Astoria Formation (Miocene) along with the basking shark tooth. The meg was found by an associate on a hunt. Found many other whale and dolphin fossils, a couple skulls, both are being prepped at museum's. One rare find was part of a sea turtle (4th photo) that's awaiting shipment, for study in Taiwan. A lot of fish nodules and one of my favorites, a fish jaw, last photo. Planning more hunts this summer and my 2nd (and final) retirement.
  20. What's up, everyone?! I'm in Quincy, WA for work for about 6 weeks and would love to do some digging. Does anyone know if there some good spots out here? Also, I don't know if the regulations are the same as at home (New Mexico). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Hope you all are happy and healthy! View from the base of my driveway. Columbia River at dawn.
  21. From the album: Fossil Amber and Copal: Worldwide Localities

    9.2g amber from Tiger Mountain, King County, WA. This amber is middle to late Eocene in age (about 41.3-33.9 Ma), and comes from coal seams along the boundary of the upper Tukwila/lower Renton Formations.

    © Kaegen Lau

  22. Discovery of Ancient Plant Fossils in Washington Points to Paleobotanic Mystery Brendan M. Lynch, KU News Service, University of Kansas, February 15, 2022 Plant fossils found in San Juan Islands like ‘finding a penguin in North America’ The Seattle Times, February 18, 2022 The paper is: Tang, K.K., Smith, S.Y. and Atkinson, B.A., 2022. Extending beyond Gondwana: Cretaceous Cunoniaceae from western North America. New Phytologist. Early View, Online Version of Record before inclusion in an issue. Also, there is: Mus
  23. Dean 43


    Found in a small creek bed
  24. Dean 43

    Tooth tusk bone wood?

    I have had this for six months cant figure out what it is i need help please.
  25. Hello All, (WARNING: FIRST TIME CRAB PREP AHEAD) A friend of mine came across a small concretion (2.5") on a marketplace website and picked it up for me. It was already cracked open right across the equator, and exposed a small crab. (I'm assuming from Washington State but anyone that can weigh-in on the species is appreciated.) As per the pictures, the Crab itself has the body and the claw separated into different halves of the split. Reading up on the forum I decided to glue the concretion back together and air scribe my way back down to the Crab in the hopes of conso
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