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  1. I haven't been collecting from the Lias of Dorset or Somerset (in the UK) for a couple of years, for various reasons, obviously Covid being a major one over the last year. I'd begun to think I'd not really be able to go much again, but then we moved to Somerset, close to many exposures of material from the lower Lias (Hettangian, approx 200m years ago). So these days, I'm able to walk on the beaches every day. Living the dream! So far I've only found two small icthyosaur vertebra, but ammonites and bivalves have been a little more forthcoming. Here's a few photos of so
  2. Crankyjob21

    Cool polished ammonite

    Do not know the age and possibly from Madagascar it’s around 6cm long and 7cm in diameter
  3. I ran across a pile of dumped limestone on a vacant lot in Grand prairie Texas, know nothing about it but I'm relying on the limestone experts on here for help. Most of it was shattered or blank but found one large slab about 4 ft across that was intact but cracked with some large peices left. I pried it apart and gathered up ones that looked interesting, had fossils, and large enough to maybe be distinguish as part of something else. Showing the group front and back for context. First four pics of one rock, next four pics of one rock and most interesting one, front and back of next rock, then
  4. flyingpenut

    North Sulphur River Vert

    I took a trip to nsr after some decent rain in the middle of January. Here in Texas the weather can be hot, cold, or anything in between and it turned out it was a nice day in the 60s. I found a decent mosasaur vert, some decent ammonites, and a few other items. Let me know what you think. Pictures 4 and 5 where of a huge ammonite. You can tell by the rock pick it was over a foot wide and the picture doesn't show but the outer shell that was deteriorating was iridescent and really pretty. I don't think I have seen an ammonite with actual shell still intact however everything else
  5. Rayminazzi

    South texas fossiling

    I took advantage of the nice weather on my last couple days off and went to a couple sites around town, in no particular order here's the most interesting things I found. First a worn ptychodus anonymous tooth from the eagle ford shale. next what I think is a pachidiscus travisi from the basal pecan gap chalk and a half of a graptocarcinus texanus carapace from the buda formation in a location I had never found anything particulary interesting before. Quite worn but still recognizable And while normally one finds echinoids and ammonites in the georgetown this time I only f
  6. Today is my 50th birthday so I wanted to select my fifty favorite fossil finds to present. But....because I am obsessive, I couldn't settle on just 50. So here's 150. My favorite 150 fossil finds. And there's still more - but then it would be 250 or 555...I don't know. Anyways, enjoy. Mostly Texas, some from Utah, Florida, North Carolina, New York and England (denoted by the state initials or UK). Almost all were found by me, except about 4 which were gifted to me. I did actually narrow it down to 50...initially. But then I had to do pages for the
  7. Hello everybody! In continuation of the Frozen Fossils and Frozen Fossils II topics this report covers fossil hunting in real winter, with excavating fossils from under the snow (@JamieLynn might be interested). The trips took place this week when we had a thaw with temperatures raising to +1-2 Celsius after a long period of frost (so that digging became possible). This time I visited the same site as in FF2, which is MUCH poorer than the one covered in FF1, but MIGHT yield more diverse fossils (which was unfortunately not the case).
  8. I’ve been slightly obsessed for a long time now with finding a Whitby cannonball nodule good enough to put the hours of prep work into. I have given up while trying to split many, I have split a lot of empty ones, I have chipped a load while trying to split them. I do have a nice eliganticeras nodule that could potentially polish up but the shape just doesn’t lend itself. I found this at the weekend at Runswick Bay and while it would have been nice to have a split nodule with the positive and negative, I could see the potential in this. The actual ammonite is just a crushed up pyritey me
  9. Allosaurus

    England Ammonites

    I picked up 3 ammonites last summer and was told they were from England, but with no additional information such as age or locality :(. I'm hoping someone out here might be able to help me ID them to genus or perhaps even have ideas as to where they originate. #1
  10. Jaime

    Giant 500 mm ammonite México

    Hi guys, Could Any one help to ID this ammonite? It Is from Baja California, México. It measure 500 x 450 mm. It weights over 60 Kg. I bought it, so i have no More data than the state, sorry... Thank you!! Regards!
  11. Rayminazzi

    Pecan gap shark teeth

    A couple hours searching a new to me exposure of pecan gap chalk turned up some pretty nice stuff. First a couple of shark teeth, I don't know the identification. Actually this one might be a fish tooth: I love the color on this one. Also got a lot of fish scales and a small fish vertebra. Vertebra: Scales: A good sized ammonite. And a UFO. An unidentified fossilized object, if
  12. Ludwigia

    Drawing Number Two

    This time I decided to try my luck on my avatar photo. A Ludwigia haugi from the Middle Jurassic in the Wutach area. I think that this one took me twice as long to complete as the first one. Maybe 20 hours or so? I had to rotate the photo in order to fit it in here. And here's the original:
  13. FossilHunterNYC

    Cleaning ammonite fragments

    These are ammonite fragments from the duck creek formation in lake a Texoma TX. Any advice on how I can clean them and possibly get rid of all the “matrix” material on the shells? The one on the far left has a decent amount of matrix on it. Some of them have a design on the shell. Forget what it’s called I believe it starts with an f, but anyway I can make it “look better”
  14. Lone Hunter

    Ancyloceras ( with spikes )?

    I have several Heteromorphs but none have such large protrusions. Are these called horns? I worked on this for an hour trying to expose as much as possible, it's buried in bacculites. Found in shale in north Irving TX, inc. pic of other ammonites found there.
  15. Zenmaster6

    Is this an Ammonite?

    Glen Rose Formation 105 - 115 MYA Found in Roadcut near north San Antonio I know its not great quality but from just this, is this an ammonite and if so, is it possible to narrow it to a species?
  16. Lone Hunter


    I found this in north Irving, in a park drainage ditch that was eroding down to shale. Have found lots of goodies in it but this is coolest.
  17. Planko

    North Texas Ammonites

    Hey Everyone, Ammonites are my favorite. Gastropods are a close second. I live near Rockwall, tx and hoping to find an area to get some decent ammonites. I have search, Lake Worth, Lake Texoma, several creeks and NSR. I can normally find something in NSR but they are small and broken. I have a nice one from Texoma, 14" in or so, but I see all the videos of private creeks, etc. Anyone have a spot they are willing to give some information on. Planko
  18. Greetings all. I'd like to post a link to a completed online auction that had an item that I believe members would find interesting. However the auction page is at that big auction site. Can someone tell me if such a post would run counter to the rules of the forum? It seems as if it might. But it's also can be a bit of a problem if I post images from the auction without permission of the seller. I believe the item is interesting enough that it would be worth members seeing. It was described as a native American paint cup found in CA. What makes it of such interest on TFF is that i
  19. Sadly, this is something I don't have any provenance on. I think its probably from the Inferior Oolite of Dorset or at least South England. It came in a job lot of other Ammonites and I didn't pay it too much attention until I saw a small inclusion - around 3.5MM round. I've taken some photos with my digital 'microscope', and some with my camera too. You can spot the odd fella at the end furthest away from the flat cut base. I'm sure this is nothing; I haven't seen anything quite like it before though. I am curious if anyone has any ideas - I haven't seen anything sim
  20. Ludwigia

    My first serious attempt

    I used to like drawing when I was a teenager, but I've hardly done anything along that line since then. Now, having been inspired by Kane's artistic talent, I decided a while ago to pick up a couple of sketching methods and have spent the last month or so on and off practicing various techniques and trying my hand with things like apples, balls and vases. Last week I figured it was time to get down to something more up my line, so of course I picked out a nice ammonite which I wanted to attempt to reproduce on paper. No easy undertaking, I must say. They have a heck of a lot more shadows and s
  21. Eleganticeras

    Macrocephalites macrocephalus

    Found loose and already broken at Cayton Bay Scarborough. Matrix of ooliths about 0.4mm. Grid of 1cm squares Referred to plate 33:2 in British Mesozoic Fossils, Natural History museum, British Museum. Plate Very similar to my find except that the rate of increase in whorl fattening is greater than illustrated. Lateral tubercules correct. However every photo I've seen of M. macrocephalus has no tubercules. Is it what I've found in the book? The book was published in 1975.
  22. Hi all! I was finally able to visit the Volga site thanks to a water level/ good weather window. The journey was mostly a success, I got a better understanding of the site, used new means of transportation and examined more of the shoreline. Among the finds were two dozens of marine reptile verts and bone fragments and LOTS of ammonites and other mollusks. Unfortunately the river level was not low enough, 1m higher than during my 1st trip, 0,5m lower than in the 2nd. But it was at least possible to walk the shore. There's still a lot more to do, but now I have a pretty clear idea how to m
  23. Vyrago

    Ammonite, species?

    I recieved this ammonite as a freebie with another, larger ammonite. It is pretty tiny, maybe .7 inches across at the largest. Can anyone identify the species, so I can label it on my shelf?
  24. T. nepaeolicus

    Odd Ammonite?

    I honestly don’t know what to say about this. Is it even an ammonite??? Looks so unusually lumpy. Found this deep in my collection without locality info or time period. The back has some kind of glue that has yellowed. I’ve got no idea how that got there...
  25. Hello friends. I am really a beginner in the world of fossils and I want to know if my little collection consists of real fossils or just replicas. Your possible identification would also be of great help, thank you very much.
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