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  1. Is this a walnut or ?

    Hello - I'm new to this forum. I appreciate any information that you ladies and gents could provide! Thank you in advance! I've had this object all my life - I found it in Northern California when I was a child. I always thought it looked like a walnut. Perhaps it is, or perhaps it's just an unusual rock. It is rock-like in terms of its weight & feel. The middle "band" goes all the way around - similar to the band that seperates the two halves of a walnut. Thanks!
  2. Bakersfield Fish Teeth?

    Hi Everybody, I found this interesting little piece the other day. It is from the round mountain silt formation in Bakersfield CA. I think it is part of a fish mouth but I am not sure, I cant believe I found such a small piece in all the silt. Sorry for the lack of scale, its about the size of half a dime. I thought I would let the experts weigh in and help educate me. Thanks for the help! Jesse
  3. California now has a state dinosaur

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-me-ln-california-state-dinosaur-20170923-story.html California decided that it needed another state fossil and chose Augustynolophus morrisi to be it, mostly because it was only found in California for now. Its a pretty nice hadrosaur, but what intrigues me is that they are only found in the Moreno Formation, which is usually a Cretaceous ocean zone famous for their mosasaurs. Decided to fish this one out after one of my classmates did a current event report on it
  4. Work has me in CA for the weekend so I struck off to Bakersfield to hunt for some teeth. Ernst Quarries was open this time so I signed up there, my first trip to this site. Strangely enough I was the only person to show up so I had the entire site to myself. (Strange that no one else would want to chisel compacted dirt all day long in the sun on a barren hill in Southern CA at the end of September but me?) Ernst Quarries supplies some hand tools (hand sledge and a point chisel) and has a f ew screens. Eight and a half hours later of pretty solid chiseling/ digging my results are below. No Meg for me but I understand 20 some Megs where pulled from this hunting ground over the last year. Bones & Matrix. Not sure what the bones are, probably whale, the vert wasn't complete but interesting, not sure what vert it is but it seems too "short" for whale & it has several divots in the sides.
  5. Southern California???

    I'm down in the Palmdale/Lancaster Area on business for the next month and a half or so. Really want to get out and do a hunt or take a peek at some collections. I'm planning on hitting up the Ernst Quarry this month, but I'd love to get out in the field with a few collectors. I'm also a sucker for collections and love taking a look at what people have found. I understand not many people want to be giving out locations to people so i'm not asking for anything like that, heck I'll wear a blindfold to a location, I just enjoy getting out there and hunting with new friends. If anyone wants a tag along please let me know!
  6. Work has me in Sunnyvale CA but I have Sept 30/Oct 1 free to fossil hunt. I'm not bring dive gear but I'll bring a hammer & chisel if anyone has any suggestions. Trilobites or Shark teeth or similar. Thanks, Calvin
  7. The apparent demise of the best California, Utah and Nevada area paleontology website is premature. Inyo.coffeecup.com (created by a former TFF member) is up and running. Check out his great write ups with pictures about trips to many sites many now under protection by state and Federal governments. http://inyo.coffeecup.com/site/cf/carfieldtrip.html#fossilspages Download his fieldtrip guide: http://inyo.coffeecup.com/site/fieldtripbook.pdf Here are two of my favorites sites: Red Rock Canyon State Park in the California Mohave desert http://inyo.coffeecup.com/site/redrock/redrockfossils.html and see the magnificent silicified insects from the Miocene lake deposits near Barstow, CA http://inyo.coffeecup.com/site/barstowfossils/barstowfossils.html Thanks to TFF member @John for alerting us that his wonderful website was down. In a related matter, I would hate to see Inyo.coffeecup.com dissapear if the creator is incapacitated or runs out of money to support the site. Besides The Internet Archive AKA The Wayback Machine, I wonder if any institutions would be willing to archive a version for posterity. Books are archived in libraries; where should websites be saved? I wonder if The Fossil Forum would be willing to archeive copies of significant paleontology websites. Have we made plans to carry on and archive The Fossil Forum in case disaster strikes? Maybe geology libraries and paleontology departments at colleges/universities should store and archeive quality paleontological websites. Sometimes quality websites such as Mindat.org (minerals and occasion fossils) find institutions to preserve and support their continued operations. Mindat has Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Has The Fossil Forum ever considered forming a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to support our activities or finding an institution to partner with? As an added bonus donations to TFF would be tax deductable. Cheers, John
  8. Camel jaw

    From the album Collection

    © fruitoftheZOOM

  9. Hi Guys

    I'm not sure how long it's been but I've been gone awhile going through some life changes. Now o have time to be active again on the forum. I've missed my old friends here and am looking forward to making some new ones. I'm no real expert in anything but I've collected a lot of places and look forward to discovering more. Looking forward to catching up with you all.
  10. Publication Request

    Hello all This year I joined the Paleontological Society to have access to the Journal of Paleontology however their archives only go back to 1980. I am looking for a PDF of the following: Valentine, James W. 1959. Pleistocene Molluscan Notes. I. The Bay Point Formation at Its Type Locality Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Jul., 1959), pp. 685-688 Thanks in advance Mike
  11. Here are two fossils I found today , they are from Southern California marine Miocene rocks. The one with the spike looking thing is around an inch (you can see my leg for scale reference). Absolutely no idea what the first is, the second looks like some sort of plant or arthropod. Thanks in advance
  12. Ammonite species ID help requested

    Hey all, at the suggestion of others, I'm posting a photo of an ammonite fossil for assistance on species. This ammonite was unearthed by my father in 1972 in Shasta County CA. It measures 25 1/2 inches long by 20 inches tall. Any suggestions and help with its species and rarity is greatly appreciated. I get that it is not a complete specimen but hoping someone can help, Shannon
  13. Oldest mass animal stranding revealed in Death Valley fossils New Scientist Daily News, July 26, 2017 https://www.newscientist.com/article/2141881-oldest-mass-animal-stranding-revealed-in-death-valley-fossils/ The publications are: Sappenfield, A.D., Tarhan, L.G. and Droser, M.L., 2017. Earth's oldest jellyfish strandings: a unique taphonomic window or just another day at the beach?. Geological Magazine, 154(4), pp.859-874. Abstract: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/geological-magazine/article/earths-oldest-jellyfish-strandings-a-unique-taphonomic-window-or-just-another-day-at-the-beach/BD3A332A705E4AFB44E32FFAD2060D56 PDF file: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303955816_Earth's_oldest_jellyfish_strandings_a_unique_taphonomic_window_or_just_another_day_at_the_beach Sappenfield, A.D., 2015. Precambrian-Cambrian Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Paleontology in the Great Basin (Western United States). Unpublished PhD dissertation. University of California, Riverside. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4r02d6xr Yours, Paul H.
  14. My daughter found this really cool fossil yesterday on Bolinas Lagoon. Any clues as to what it could be? We find lots of sand dollar fossils around here but this looks more like a bone from a large animal. It's about two inches in length & an inch wide. Very heavy.
  15. Imprint? Or just a rock?

    The last time I went to this beach was the first time I posted here, also my first time at that beach. I'm not even sure the name of it. I do know it's in Half Moon Bay, Ca. This rock has the waviness on both sides, and fossil or not is, pretty cool. But is it a fossil? Also, never fpind any fossils before the first time I posted. Or, maybe I did. I didn't realize they were fossils until my girlfriend said "hey, a fossil"
  16. Today's curious finds

    Interesting little 'rocks' from today. 2 may be nothing, 2 I'm pretty sure about, and 2, seem to be imprints. Hope you guys can tell me. Again, Half Moon Bay. Also, how do I clean these?
  17. Gastropod?

    Found this on the same beach as the others, a chunk of cliff had recently fallen away, I assume that's why I found some, and am wondering if there might be more now ...
  18. Is it even a fossil?

  19. Maybe a bivalve?

    I think this is a bivalve. I'm curious as to whether or not I'm right, and what it's age might be.
  20. Random rock or fossil?

    My daughter insisted I bring this home, and I wondered if it's a fossil or just an interesting rock.
  21. An unusual fossil locality in a kaolinitic (clay-rich) marine-originated horizon of the primarily estuarine to fluviatile (river and stream-deposited) Lower-Middle Eocene Ione Formation, Amador County, California, (western slopes of the Sierra Nevada) yields concretions that, remarkably, contain at their cores chunks of extremely well preserved charcoal--all derived from similar species of "cooked" conifer woods--that sophisticated scientific analyses suggest burned during a single forest fire event some 52 million years ago. And so the Ione Early Eocene scene takes a most-fascinating turn. From a once-speculated tropical to semi-tropical paleo-environment of year-round high humidity and incessant precipitation, we now get a more focused picture of regular intermittent hot and dry seasons interrupted by probable monsoonal meteorological activity--perhaps an Ione Eocene environment not unlike that of present-day India. The Ione Formation of Amador County is, of course, already famously recognized for its well preserved Middle Eocene fossil leaves--including, locally, rather common specimens of the climbing fern Lygodium kaulfussi (also known from the early to middle Eocene Green River Formation and Bridger Formation of eastern Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado). See the technical report over at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267624201_Characterization_and_genesis_interpretation_of_charcoal-bearing_concretions_from_the_early_Eocene_Ione_Formation_CA . Includes a free pdf download of the December, 2013, presentation poster that explains the science behind the investigation.
  22. Fossil bone?

    Found this in Southern California, the rocks are either Paleozoic or Mesozoic, I'm really unsure but this was near the Silverado area. What do you think?
  23. Can you please help us identify it?
  24. Ice Age fossils emerge during Los Angeles subway dig Diana Kruzman , USA Today, July 10, 2017 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/10/ice-age-fossils-emerge-los-angeles-subway-dig/103026368/ Yours, Paul H.
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