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  1. Neanderthal Shaman

    An Oligocene conch

    Hello everyone, Been a while since I made a post. Back in December I found a nice shell: Looting Lincoln Creek - Fossil Hunting Trips - The Fossil Forum. I'm not good with shells, I assume it's a conch of some kind. Anyways, having it out of the matrix has renewed my interest in it, and I was hoping someone might be able to tell me what kind of shell it is. Was also wondering if anyone knows a way I could keep it from falling apart, maybe with something I can coat it in. Just holding it for the picture, it felt like it was about to crumble to pieces. It is
  2. On the way back from some lab work in the Tri-Cities, I got to stop at the Ginko Petrified forest in Vantage, Washington. Most of these trees are miocene. Buried for millions of years, they were unearthed and transported by the incomprehensively large deluge that carved the various gorges through which the Columbia flows at the end of the last ice age. There were some petroglyphs at the park as well. Their original location was nearby, but they had to be relocated for construction of a reservoir. Some of them had been defaced, because apparently some people just can'
  3. Neanderthal Shaman

    Lincoln Creek Composite Shell Piece

    Picked up a few more shells from the Lincoln Creek Formation while out on a walk, and thought it would be fun to make a composite piece with them. Was pretty easy, just used superglue to fix a couple of moon snails and a scaphopod to a tiny slab of shale from the formation. For my first composite piece I don't think it looks bad, but I was obviously a little too excessive with the glue.
  4. heatherhjorth

    Stromatolite, brain coral, or ?

    This is probably an exercise in pareidolia - but could it be a brain endocast? This was self collected July 9, 2011 on San Juan island in Washington State. It was found on private property near the shoreline on the SW corner of the island. The local geology is a complex mixture of Orcas chert and formations of sedimentary and volcanic layers contorted together, peppered with glacial deposits. There are other fossils in the vicinity, including various plants and what I believe are devonian era fish fossils. At first, I thought this was a thunder-egg or nodule that turned
  5. CH4ShotCaller


    Sharing one of many finds this week and another hike planned next week. Early Oligocene, billfish concretion of the Lincoln Creek Formation. Additionally, several large whale vertebrae found, coral, sponges, shark vertebrae and dolphin. My apologies for not frequenting TFF as often as I should, getting old and napping more. 1st image: shark vertebra, 2nd: billfish, 3rd: whale vertebra, 4th: billfish vertebra. Chopping fallen trees to the site.. with pickax. My collection for a chain saw.
  6. Neptune5211

    Looks like an egg pod?

    I found this peculiar looking formation while rock hunting. It was wearing a coat of minerals and resembled all the other rocks in the area, however, the shape was slightly different than all the other rocks so I picked it up and brought it home. I used a bench grinder on one side to see if maybe it was gold ore. Once I held it on the grinder for a small amount of time, I realized it wasn't any rock I've seen here in Washington state . I've been using a soft but some brush on it, removing the black that's between what appears to be bones. I'm not sure really what it is. It's been qu
  7. Dasween

    Is this an egg?

    Any clue what I have here? I think it's granite but have been told it's some kind of egg
  8. Neanderthal Shaman

    Looting Lincoln Creek

    There was a fleeting glimpse of sunshine, so me and a few guys decided to hit the Lincoln Creek Formation today. We know a great spot by the Chehalis River, which also happens to be about 15 minutes away from my friend's house. Nothing better than a convenient site! The site would be inaccessible were it not for an abandoned old logging track that takes you over the water. We often compare it to that one scene in "Stand By Me".
  9. CH4ShotCaller

    Shark Teeth

    Found many shark teeth in South Carolina and Florida decades ago. Identification of the teeth has always been a challenge, even today, trying to use available charts to identify these 3 is difficult (for me). Knowing TFF has many shark enthusiasts, this should be a cakewalk. These teeth are from a Miocene bone bed, Astoria Formation, Washington state. Found scattered in the matrix surrounding cetacean bones, otolith, fish scales, Calionopsis claws and carbonized wood. Thanks for the help! Oh, these are 1/2 - 3/4 inches.
  10. Neanderthal Shaman

    Oligocene Intertidal Bonanza

    The last couple of weeks I've been hitting a sandy shale bluff by the Chehalis River, just west of Centralia Washington. My latest expedition proved to be the most fruitful yet. A leaf impression, found on a big boulder that had broken off from the bluff. I left it where it was. Splitting it off from the boulder seemed unfeasible for the most part.
  11. I found this strange fossil/rock/bone buried in sand on my property in Bellevue, WA 98004 USA. The property is on Lake Washington and the area where is was found suffered quite a bit from erosion due to winter storms. The specimen was buried in glacial till saturated in water. It was pretty smelly when I first found it. But, as it has dried, it is less odious. It appears to have a layer of casing and you can see where that has chipped away in some places. It seems to be some kind of fossilized bone. Since it was found lower than the level of the lake on Lake Washington
  12. Neanderthal Shaman

    Long Cylindrical Shell; Tube Worm?

    Was looking for crabs and clam shells in a Miocene deposit near Centralia WA. Was shocked to see what looked like PVC pipe sticking though a rock that was millions of years old. Tube itself is rather small, only about 2 inches in length, and 0.3 inches in diameter. My best guess is that it's a tube worm's shell. Thoughts?
  13. The Mushroom Whisperer

    Washington tooth (not a wooden presidential one)

    Hello everyone, I'm a little out of my element, here. I found a tooth the other day, while rockhounding the Quaternary alluvial deposits of the North shore of Grays Harbor. The tooth is a little tumble worn. I believe it may have had serrations on the edges, but those have since worn off, leaving a worn edge. My guess is Great White, but that is a guess based on the fact I found it in Quaternary sediments. Uneducated otherwise, and maybe some hopeful thinking mixed in. Your thoughts would be appreciated. I understand that sharks
  14. Hello, Occasionally, when I am out prospecting for gemstones or minerals I stumble on some unique fossils that I include in my personal collection. Recently, I stumbled on a very large unique find that I believe is a fossil and am requesting assistance/advice on how to handle, if that is the case, for proper recovery if applicable. Location: Glacier WA USA, very close to the Canadian border, in a dried portion of a creek bed - up against the sides walls-banks. located under a tree stump. Approx size: Uncovered Specimen in photographs resembles
  15. SuzieA Kitsap County, WA

    dino egg with embryo/fetus

  16. Father_of_4

    Is this a fossil?

    Hello everyone, new member here My 8 year old son is very interested in fossils and is always looking for them even though I don't think there are many in our area. He dug this piece out of our yard in Spokane, Washington. I have my doubts but I can't tell what it is so thought I better ask. Appreciate your help!
  17. Good eveing all! I am getting ready to spend about a week up toward Bellingham WA and was wondering if any of you guys knew of good fossil hunting spots close by. I am willing to drive a little ways, just want to find some fossils with my boy. Thanks in advance!
  18. Fossil-Hound

    Pulalius vulgaris

    These elusive crustaceans are found within the Lincoln Creek formation near Astoria in Washington. During the Eocene, Grays Harbor was a hub of activity for marine life. This was shortly after the dinosaurs went extinct and life was blossoming once again. The Lincoln Creek is primarily formed from siltstone and marine deposited sandstone where concretions containing the ancient remains of crabs and other fossils exist. Calcareous concretions, many of which contain megafossils[1]. Like other crabs (i.e. Fiddler) these crabs have a dominant claw which is aligned on the right side of the crab. Th
  19. I took my 8 year old on a concretion hunting expedition to the Lincoln Creek formation over the weekend, and we didn't find anything too great, mostly they contained this reddish brown crystalline mineral in various unidentifiable shapes. My son says he thinks this one is a fish, and I told him I didn't see it, but he said I should "ask the internet" because I "don't know everything," so I'm asking away! Any thoughts on what the mineral is that's inside these? It doesn't appear to be iron-based since it weathers pale, not rusty, as shown by the second photo. I forgot t
  20. Sonyamarcou


    I found this rock in the satsop river Washington state. I am a newbie in the fossil world. I would love any information you may have.
  21. A fossil named after Burke Museum curator tells whale of a tale about evolution By Alan Boyle, GreekWire, November 30, 2018 https://www.geekwire.com/2018/fossil-named-burke-museum-curator-tells-whale-tale-evolution/ Ancient whale named for UW paleontologist Elizabeth Nesbitt Hannah Hickey, University of Washington News https://www.washington.edu/news/2018/12/10/ancient-whale-named-for-uw-paleontologist-elizabeth-nesbitt/ Newly-Described Fossil Whale Named After Burke Curator Burke Museum Public Relation http://www.burkemuseum.org/press/new
  22. Thumper11

    What is this?

    I found this walking on an ocean beach in Northern Washington State near the Strait and not sure what it is. It is about 3 in long and 2 in diameter. It is hollow inside. Thanks in advance for any help.
  23. Innocentx

    Coprolite Cololite

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/47445767@N05/sets/72157648052271340 Click on "show more" below heading for interesting explanation.
  24. Shellseeker

    Aturia_Angustata in the sunshine

    From the album: Cephalopods

    Aturia Augustata is an Eocene Nautiloid from Lincoln Creek Formation, Grays Harbor County, WA, USA . Sutures (or suture lines) are visible as a series of narrow wavy lines on the surface of the shell, and they appear where each septum contacts the wall of the outer shell. The sutures of the nautiloids are simple in shape, being either straight or slightly curved. This is different from the "zigzag" sutures of the goniatites and the highly complex sutures of the ammonites.
  25. LaDona

    Fossil with "blood"?

    I found this fossil bone a month ago in the Okanogan River area in Eastern Washington State. I have other photo's, but even following the editing to reduce size of the files it would only let me upload one. I live in Barrow Alaska and a local geologist took a look at it and stated it is a fossil, and he felt that is a blood layer. Due to the geologic history of the area, perhaps this bone was transported by the floods from Montana. This was sitting in the mud and I noticed it thinking at first that it had paint on it, but it is a layer on the "top" of the bone. Unfortunately I
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