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  1. Crossed the creek at a small park in Vader, WA to look for shells. The shale here is very porous, very sandy, and very very fragile. The shells here are plentiful, but break very easily. You can break the rocks apart by hand, but whatever is in them usually breaks too. I lucked out and found a very intact tusk shell. Although not rare, they are usually found as fragments. Getting it home and ready was a hassle. It broke in half before I got it home, and pieces of it broke off 3 seperate times while prepping it (About half of it was still covered by shale). As you can see, thanks t
  2. Neanderthal Shaman

    Tusk Shells!!!

    A humble mount of some of the tusk shells I've found in Centralia. I've only ever found one that was complete. These things are like graham crackers, they crumble from the slightest touch, so needless to say, safely removing them from the sandy shale can be a pain!
  3. Hi there, I believe I found a brachiopod fossil (pedicle valve). I'm hoping for some help identifying it more specifically - family, genus, or species? It was buried a few feet deep on an eroding, sandy hillside about 30 meters above sea level. The hill is about 2 kilometers from an inlet around the Puget Sound region of Washington state (glacial till). Please see attached photos. It looks like there might be other shells fossilized within the cavity. Please let me know if you need more info/different angle photos. Thank you in advance for any help!
  4. Hello! I don't see too many aturia specimens from Washington on this forum so here are a couple from the last 2-3 weeks of hunting down south in Pacific County. I've read they are Oligocene in age and come out of the Lincoln Creek Formation. What's interesting, however, to my knowledge most fossils coming out of this formation are in concretions. Does this mean the fossils you find loose like this eroded out of a concretion or were they deposited/fossilized in a different manner? Cheers! -Cam
  5. CH4ShotCaller


    Here's a partial odontocete skull found in the Lincoln Creek Formation of Washington state, early Oligocene. Found by James Goedert. I stepped over it while asking him about paleomagnetic measurements or brands of coffee, he turned to answer and spied it! Nice find.
  6. Neanderthal Shaman

    Miniscule Moon Snails

    Some very, very tiny moon snails from the Lincoln Creek Formation (late Eocene-early Miocene), Centralia Washington. I think these are Natica as opposed to Polinices. Affixed to shale with superglue and consolidated with paraloid.
  7. Neanderthal Shaman

    Twin Beach-Washington

    Weather was pretty decent Monday-Tuesday, so I thought a trip back out to the Peninsula would be nice. Twin Beach is good place to find marine Oligocene fossils. I read a paper recently that proposes that the fossils here may have been part of a 300+ meter deep sea shelf community that was slowly uplifted. Callianopsis clallamensis ghost shrimp claws, extremely common here. Regret cracking this one, would have looked really good prepped. Many of the shrimp fossils have calcite crystals that have formed inside them.
  8. A friend of mine knows some great spots for rockhounding in central Washington near the town of Cle Elum, so we took a day to go check it out. We started by driving up Old Blewett Pass where he'd previously found some stuff representing an Eocene wetland about 50 million years ago. Sure enough, the outcrops on the pass yielded some neat finds. If you zoom in, you can see that it looks like this plant had some sort of leaf spot disease in life. More leaves, excuse the shininess of the paraloid. I think this is a horsetail.
  9. Neanderthal Shaman

    Mystery plant structure from Eocene Washington

    Went out to central Washington with some friends yesterday to check out some fossils spots and grab some agates (trip report forthcoming). Found this on Old Blewett Pass near Cle Elum. This is either from the Chuckanut Formation or the associated Swauk Formation, both Eocene. It was found among leaf and palm frond fossils. Any ideas?
  10. LincolnCrk

    Fossilized Crab

    Extracted my first Lincoln Creek formation (Washington State) fossilized crab from a locally collected concretion.
  11. Neanderthal Shaman

    A Ghost Shrimp Claw (Yet Again)

    I've been on a ghost shrimp claw kick lately, working through the concretions that I collected over Presidents Day weekend (February 21st for all you non-Americans). This one came out pretty nice! Species is Callianopsis clallamensis from Washington State. Prepped with a Dremel 290.
  12. From the album: Fossil Amber and Copal: Worldwide Localities

    - Subjects: Three exceptional specimens of amber, recovered from exposures on Tiger Mountain, Washington State; this is the second of two videos detailing the specimens' natural fluorescent and phosphorescent responses: longwave UV light (Convoy S2 flashlight) was used in this entry. All were prepared by hand using a diamond needle file, 240 to 3,000 grit SiC sandpaper, and chromium oxide (ZAM compound) on a Selvyt microfiber cloth. - Amber's Source Formations and Age: The amber-bearing coal contained within the the Tiger Mountain, Tukwila, and Renton Formations spans a geologic times

    © Kaegen Lau

  13. From the album: Fossil Amber and Copal: Worldwide Localities

    - Subjects: Three exceptional specimens of amber, recovered from exposures on Tiger Mountain, Washington State; this is the first of two videos detailing the specimens' natural fluorescent and phosphorescent responses: 140 lumen LED light (yellow phosphor) was used in this entry. All were prepared by hand using a diamond needle file, 240 to 3,000 grit SiC sandpaper, and chromium oxide (ZAM compound) on a Selvyt microfiber cloth. - Brief Description of Deposit: Tiger Mountain amber occurs in lignitic coal seams, mainly contained within two Geologic Formations, namely the Tukwila and Renton

    © Kaegen Lau

  14. Neanderthal Shaman

    More shrimp claws

    About a month ago, I took advantage of a 3-day weekend to go out to the Peninsula with my brother and came back with a bag full of concretions. Now I'm just trying to work through them. Been getting a lot of duds or incompletes, but here are the last 2 I did. I'm fairly pleased with this claw! I inflicted a lot of damage on it (I use a Dremel 290 which doesn't quite have the feather touch of an air scribe), but it's very complete, and WOW, the color on this one! This one is pretty big, and I like the patterns you can see on it. However, a commonalit
  15. 360handy


    Not sure what these are. Digging a new concrete pad and cleaning up rocks when I found these quite different from the rest of the rocks I was clearing from the dirt pile.
  16. Neanderthal Shaman

    Anudda One (Shrimp Claw, That Is)

    Prepped another ghost shrimp claw from Twin Beach last night. I think it turned out pretty well. Unfortunately, the glue I used to reattach some of the little bits of exoskeleton left a bit of residue which you can see in the picture, but I don't think it detracts from the piece all that much.
  17. 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
  18. ScottBlooded

    Great grandfathers rocks

    So I’ve got a few questions all at once. Over the years I’ve inherited a number of my great grandfathers rocks (he was also into paleontology and geology) but I’m not sure what they all are. I’m guessing 1 is some sort of mineral, not a fossil. It, along with 2 and 4, were found digging the foundation of his home in south Charleston, WV. I feel like 2 might be petrified wood, but if it is I’m very curious about the side that’s black and very crystallized. 3 is from Seneca rocks in WV and I feel like must be a fossil but I really don’t know what. 4 again looks like petrified wood to me, and 5 f
  19. I didn't get out hunting much last year, still working on figuring out how to research and find spots, but a friend of mine invited me out to do some collecting at one of his spots up in Washington State. I took some family with me and we went out over the Winter break in mid December. Pretty cold but beautiful! We're mainly looking for concretions weathered out of the formation, but occasionally you find Callianopsis claws loose in the formation, usually very brittle and in poor condition. Lots of mollusks to be found as well as crustacean
  20. Hi everybody, Boy, it's been a while since I made a post, but then it's been a while since I did any kind of fossil hunting. A friend of mine who I met while volunteering for a nature center invited me out on a camping trip to the Olympic Peninsula. He claimed to know a couple beaches where the concretion game is really good, and he sure wasn't wrong! The weather was mostly terrible; bitter cold and heavy rain punctuated by occasional blue sky, but when you love beachcombing as much as we do, you forget about it! This is the Pysht Formation at Twin Beach. Lots o
  21. Honeybadger

    I need help!

    I recently found this on a beach in Washington state. I think I may have found a tooth, but I am very unsure what kind it is. It looks most similar to pictures of horse teeth, but it’s my first tooth fossil. I could be totally off and it’s not even a tooth.
  22. I need some help identifying this plant fossil. It appears to be a fruit of some sort, as it has a prominent reddish stain that surrounds the entire fossil. This specimen was found in the upper strata of the Raging River Formation in King County, Washington state. While the Raging River Formation is primarily noted as a marine fossil facies, the report by J.D. Vine, (1969), lists "woody fragments of trees and leaves were found associated with the marine fossils, but specific species could not be identified." This specimen was found at site #648 as listed in the above report.
  23. This kind of reminds me of a pine cone:
  24. 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
  25. 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'
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