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  1. Ammonite

    I just found this guy in some old boxes. I lost the ID card, but if I remember correctly, it came from France. I don’t know ammonites so I have no clue if this could be identified at all without a precise locality.
  2. What is this ammonoid

    Here’s something I found in Michigan, it’s an ammonoid of some type but I thought it was too wide to be a goniatite, I could be wrong though.
  3. ID 3 species in a Permian themed exhibit

    I just went to this traveling exhibit in a museum in a city where my brother lives that it is about the animals and life in the Permian period and I got pictures of 3 fossils, an ammonite, a trilobite and a crinoid but I don’t know what species and genus they are?
  4. Mortoniceras?

    I found this in Benbrook Tx which is a Cretaceous area. Is this Mortoniceras sp.? im going to attempt to clean between the ribs but am tempted to try and keep some of the matrix attached where the embedded bivalves are. I think they tell a great story.
  5. Back to childhood

    Hi all, This is a report on my recent fossil hunting trip to Ulyanovsk region, Russia, inspired by the most interesting stories and pictures I read and looked up here. I took many photos myself in an attempt to convey the atmosphere. I dont think you know much about Russian fossil hunting spots, so I start with a short description of the place I visited. Ulyanovsk Oblast (region) is located in the middle Volga basin and much of its territory is covered by a part of the Kuybyshev Reservoir (largest in Europe). Its sometimes called Kuybyshev sea and for a reason: with distance between coasts reaching 30-40 kilometres, unless the weather is super clear, the other coast is not visible. Add frequent stormy weather with high waves and the impression of a sea is almost complete. Creating the reservoir lead to big scale soil erosion with prehistoric layers coming to surface. They are constantly washed away with fossils becoming available by simply walking along the shore. Basically all the western coast in the region is covered with late Jurassic-early Cretaceous deposits, mostly Kimmeridge clay (155 ma) with Hauterivian layers (130 ma). The fossils are good quality and do not require any preservation except the fact they are often pirytised thus subject to oxidation. The place is (or was) very rich in sea fossils: ammonites, belemnites, reptile remains etc. They say at least 3 reptile genus and 20 species were recentlydescribed by the remains found here, for instance Undorosaurus (name derives from local village's name), Makhaira rossica, Luskhan etc. Paleontology sections of three regional museums (Ulyanovsk, Tatarstan and Samara, with some going to Moscow) feature impressive exhibits taken from here including compete or almost complete sea reptile skeletons. (You can see some of them here, here and here). Unfortunately there have been too many guys looking for fossils and fine pieces of local yellow calcite to sell, passing like a vacuum cleaner picking up everything valuable from early spring to late autumn. By the way, a nature reserve (zakaznik on a regional scale, which itself is pretty weak) was created here in 1980s right to counter this situation, but with lack of effort it turned into a joke. The local village museum was charged with enforcing the reserve status - let's assume its management did not have the funds or personnel to prevent anybody from picking up fossils (not to assume they were picking them up themselves alongside the poachers without reporting them to the public). Anyway as a law-abiding citizen, I was collecting outside the reserve's boundaries. Here the fossil-rich shore is marked in green, the reserve in red and 3 main fossil-related villages in blue. I used to spend vacations in a local sanatorium as a schoolboy and accumulated quite a collection of local thingies ( I sure was fascinated by my findings and paleontology in general). In April I decided to spend there a couple of days again. The receptionist asked if I had been there before. Only in childhood, I replied. She laughed - nothing had changed since then. Well, I hoped so:)
  6. Unknown Ammonite ID

    Hi there guys. I received this piece with almost no information and I was hoping someone could help me ID it. It was supposedly bought in Kircheim, Germany. But it kinda reminds me of Perisphinctes... Would that be right? The plate is about 14 cm x 12 cm.
  7. Hello, I almost die, when I was extracting this ammonite from wall of abandoned limestone quarry. So, that's my very first stone preparation, of 200 mm (7,8") ammonite (Perisphinctes), which I found near my hometown - Kraków, Poland. OK, I know, it's not so big, but the largest I have ever found. As You can see I got carried away, so it's half natural specimen, and half carving. Preparation I done with Dremel Engraver and some chisels I made from old files. I enjoyed it well
  8. I recently bought these two ammonites from a seller who listed them as Kosmoceras sp from Khakassia, Russia, Jurassic period. Based on shape and size, I think these are likely the same species, but the white one has had more shell material removed; what's remaining looks super chalky with a lot of calcium in it. The more intact fossil has curvy ribbing and a slightly braided look to the keel, which has a distinct bevel. I haven't ever seen a Kosmoceras that looks like this - my other Kosmoceras specimens are pyritized fossils from near the Volga River and look much spinier. Can anyone confirm the ID or suggest a different one? Thank you!
  9. I picked up this stone on the beach at Rhyl (North Wales). It looks like it might have at least one ammonite inside it. I was going to wallop it with the hammer, but then thought I might do some damage to what could be potentially a nice set of fossils. Each successive face is what was facing the ruler in the previous image, the last two being the "ends". Any suggestions, advice or ideas as to the best way forward would be appreciated. Thanks.
  10. I spent most of Friday at a local creek with expert friend.... We found some nice things. I got an intact goblin shark tooth about 2.4" long, and some fossil turtle bone. My kids had a great time sieving in the stream. Ammonite impressions in the mud are common; I wanted to to share the largest one I saw, as well as my largest goblin shark find. We saw some good wildlife; the kids caught a garter snake. My daughter saw a mysterious creature that jumped into the water. I took some pictures of the footprints.... a mink maybe? What do you think?
  11. I recently bought this piece from online and am uncertain of its authenticity. (But not very worried - it set me back less than $10!) It looks very much like the Dactylioceras ammonites coming out of the Posidonia Shale that I see online sometimes; however, up close, the shimmer appeared suspiciously similar to glitter nail polish. I tried a little acetone on one of the small back ammonites (third photo) and the gold dusting came off easily. There doesn't seem to be any depth to the positive fossils; where the plate is chipped, there just seems to be shale underneath. There are also tons of tiny ammonite impressions on the front but almost none in back. On the other hand, pieces like these are inexpensive, so would it be really worth the trouble to forge? Dimensions of the piece are about 13cm across, 1cm deep. Thank you for your expertise! I'm learning a lot from this forum. Happy to post more photos if necessary.
  12. Mortoniceras - Cretaceous, TX

  13. Mystery Goniatites from Morocco

    I recently bought some small hematized goniatites from Morocco. They are each under 25mm and fully hematized. The two on the right look to be the same species, while the left specimen is wider in girth and has simpler sutures. They are probably too worn to have distinctive keels, but I've posted a photo of the keels anyway. Any thoughts on identification? I wasn't able to find a good source online for identifying goniatites to family or genus. Thank you for your help!
  14. Today i caught on my camera a lovely dactylioceras nodule opening. Hope you enjoy, it's quite satisfying opening them but they don't always open like this. Probably one or two in 10.
  15. ERROR ERROR ERROR: Please ignore this post. I confused some of my notes, but have since sorted myself out.
  16. On April 20, 2019, a free paleontological excursion took place under the working title “Moscow Sea”. The weather was wonderful. +12 degrees clear. As a result, no one left without finds: ammonites (whole and fragments), belemnites, brachiopods and bivalves were found. My fees for the tour: a book on paleontology in Moscow and Moscow region, posters and demonstration materials, equipment for video shooting. Additionally, he grabbed PVA glue to process valuable finds immediately on the spot. After collecting at the Pionerskaya metro station, we headed to Filevsky Park. Next was a brief lecture on the history of the Earth, safety and that can be found. And here we finally went to the "ammonite stream." The group immediately began to search. Someone was washing the soil through the sieves brought from the house, someone had bit into the clay of the Jurassic period with the help of sapper blades. And the finds were not long in coming. Just a few minutes later, one of the participants of the excursion found a small but pretty brachiopod Rhynchonella. The find belongs to the Jurassic period, its age is about 150 million years. A cute Russiella brachiopod, something similar to the May beetle in a good preservation. Slightly above is a fragment of the shell of the same Russiella, on which the lock is clearly visible - the same shell structure feature that distinguishes brachiopod from bivalves.
  17. I decided on a whim to go fossil hunting yesterday. I took off on the 2 hr drive to get to my favorite area the North Sulphur River Texas. I jumped off in three creeks to see footprints everywhere. I decided to go try a creek I spotted a few years ago but never tried. It paid off. I found my first NSR echinoid after 4yrs of heavy hunting. Echinoids are quite rare at NSR. I also found a really cool Pachydiscus ammonite with an Inoceramid on it. I think I"ll try that creek again in the future.
  18. Hello all, Currently digging through boxes I haven't looked through for several years and came across these two ammonites. I thought they were Kosmoceras grossourvrei but they seem to be too coarsely ribbed, Kosmoceras pollucinum maybe? Any help or advice with this would be greatly appreciated. Found in the Lower Oxford Clay of Kings dyke, Cambridgeshire. Callovian stage. Cheers, Jacob.
  19. 4/7/19

    Great day today. Ended up getting a greenops some eldredgeops rollers some really nice brachiopods and even some carbonized wood. What was really awesome is I ended up finding 4 large ammonites out of the Wanakah shale which was strange. But hey I’m not complaining.
  20. Hello all, This post is about two months before I can report any field experience but instead is a request for some more specific direction for ammonite hunting N of Kremmling, Colorado. I know we can not collect in the Ammonite Cretaceous Study Area, but I know, from the forum, that there are places outside the study area available for collecting. I have the Steamboat Springs BLM map, the Wolford Mountain Travel Management map, the Kremmling BLM field office map to the study area and have traced the route on Google earth to what I think is the study area. It is off dirt road route 26 to the left several miles in off Rt 40. I think the GPS coordinates for what looks like a parking area outside a gated entrance are 40 13 51 N, 106 23 55 W. Assuming this is correct, can someone who has had collecting experience in the area direct me to a potentially fruitful are where I can hopefully find ammonites? Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks. Tom
  21. Estate sale grabs

    Went to an estate sale today to scope out a Paradoxoides gracilis that a friend spotted. Ended up being gone before I got there, which is for the best because after seeing the photos I wasn't sure how I was going to negotiate given the fact that it was a fake. (I still wanted it for cheap though, lol.) That being said, I did grab a few small fossils that they had for sale. They wanted 8$ a piece, but since they had an $8 price tag on a horn coral, I figured that 10$ for the whole pile was a better price. There are a few items here that I don't know so I am hoping that someone might recognize them or where they might've come from. As the owner was deceased, I could not get any information other than the fact that the previous owner traveled the world. First up: I don't know what this is. The texture and shape definitely says "fossil", the cross-section says "nothing". I don't know what it is or where it's from.
  22. Help identifyng these ammonite species

    Hi, I found these ammonite specimens in the Oxfordian Ammonitico Rosso facies from the Baleriac Islands, Spain. I know that the preservation state is quite poor but I would like to get some help identifyng the genus and species. I am not familiar with ammonite description but here you have a very basic description of what I see: Specimen 1: No ribs, oxycone/discocone, involut, carinate? Specimen 2 (Taramelliceras sp?): two pair of ribs (primary and secondary), oxycone/discocone, involut Specimen 3: No ribs, discocone, carinate? Specimen 1
  23. I need some help with my Crioceras!

    Hi everyone, I am currently trying to identify my collection of Crioceras from the lower Hauterivian of South France (Drôme) . It turns out the process is quite difficult... thanks in advance for your help!
  24. Rudist ?

    Hi, a friend of mine told me he found some Placentyceras in a place where the geologic ages go from the Albian to the Turonian-Santonian, but most of the stratas of that place are Cenomanian. I believe this fossil is not an ammonite, but rather an Oyster or a rudist. I mostly think about Requienia or Toucasia. The geologic file mention the name of Toncasia bayleia. Do you know if Toncasia is a synonym of Toucasia and do you think i'm right thinking this is a rudist ? Lenght : 7 centimeters.