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  1. Took all of my best of the last three years and laid them out last night. Thought I would share.
  2. When Calif. builders dig, paleontologists are there to bag the fossils — even whales By David Brown, Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/when-calif-builders-dig-paleontologists-are-there-to-bag-the-fossils--even-whales/2017/03/10/2a63145c-ed4f-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html Yours, Paul H.
  3. This online GoogleMap of California fossil sites may help anyone looking for new sites. It lets you search your own location so you can see which places are closest to you and how far. Additionally, there are links on the locations to articles that tell you about its geology, fossils, and directions. Hope it helps, please reply with any feedback or suggestions to improve it.
  4. Does anyone know what this is
  5. Hello! I am not really a fossil collector- or any kind of expert- but I do like to collect natural things I find in various places, and have held on to these for a few years without having an idea if they're really anything at all. I found this forum and would absolutely love some help! Even if there is no identification to be had, it would be great to know if it's still worth holding onto- or... just a rock. The first is a white hard substance with some interesting spiral patterns in it. As you can see in the first photo, the inside chamber of the main form is hollow. I found it on a California beach, probably Pismo?
  6. Greetings everyone! I am a long time follower of this site. This is my first posting. Thanks ahead of time for any assistance in identifying the following. I recently found a fossilized bone and what looks like a fossilized organ or concretion. I am usually pretty good about recognizing a concretion when I see one. However, this one looks a lot different from the concretions I normally come across in the area. They were both found within several feet of each other in an alluvium/terrace deposit. R. Squires describes the alluvium as "nonmarine, Holocene, last 10,000 years" and the terrace deposit as "nonmarine, upper Pleistocene, 50,000 to 10,000 years." The location is immediately adjacent to the Santa Susana Formation (marine, upper Paleocene to lower Eocene, 54 to 50 million years) and the Simi Conglomerate (nonmarine to marine, lower Paleocene, 65 million years). There are several other formations in the general vicinity of this location. I have several pictures of both (see below). The first set (F1) are of the bone, the second set (F2) is of the possible organ/concretion.
  7. Picture is of my find of teeth from STH area of Bakersfield CA. All found with a few hours of digging. Not a bad day!
  8. The tooth that started it all, found while looking for rocks in the Santa Monica mountains. I just looked down and wow nice great white. At first I thought someone dropped it as why would there be a big shark tooth on the side of a mountain. Turns out I got lucky and found a great fossil. I have looked a bunch more and not found anything else in the area, it is still the largest tooth in my collection! Thanks for looking
  9. Does anyone know if this is a fossil, and if so what it might be? Thanks! -Jason
  10. Hi all, we found this at the beach today - doesn't look like a marine mammal, and my guess is recent storm run off brought it down a creek. Any idea if it is a fossil or just a bone? Seems like a cow/bison cervical vertebrae, perhaps.
  11. Hi all OK, this is an interesting one. Attached are images of the Sandollar that was found on the California coast. It is broken, but I'm curious if it is fossilized.It is extremely hard, and feels like stone. I have many Sandollar's that are extremely fragile, however this one is heavy, lacks all the brittleness that one would find in a newer Sandollar. What are the signs to look for if fossilized? I took the best pictures that I could, hope they will work. thx
  12. From the album Untitled Album

    This is just a small piece/edge of a layer that must have encompassed acres. It was a horizontal layer extending into the base of a 50 foot vertical cliff, and so, very difficult for me to recover even this small plate this is a type of sardine---Xyne grex
  13. Hi all I search the species of these urchins. Thank you for your help!
  14. Ancient beasts roamed this secret spot in Death Valley Washington Post, Dcember 2, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/secret-spot-in-death-valley-contains-evidence-of-ancient-animals/2016/12/02/7542aafe-b722-11e6-a677-b608fbb3aaf6_story.html Death Valley's 'secret' fossil canyon could finally be opened to the public after being hidden for almost a century 1. Remote fossil hotbed covers an area of around five sq miles (12.9 sq km) 2. The area was closed to the public in 1940 to preserve the cache of tracks 3. The US National Park Service, which is celebrating its centennial year, has been called on to open up the forbidden area to visitors http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3989588/Death-Valley-s-secret-fossil-canyon-finally-opened-public-hidden-century.html Death Valley's hidden fossil canyon slowly opens to public San FranciscoGate, November 17, 2016 http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Death-Valley-s-hidden-fossil-canyon-slowly-10621796.php Yours, Paul H.
  15. I found this bone in lake limestone near the late Miocene Moraga Formation east of San Francisco. Animals fossils in the area include, horses, hippos, antelopes, mastodons. Any idea what part of the anatomy this is: knee, vert? What animal? Dimensions 8cm x 8cm x 5cm high. Pictures of other bones have been IDed as possible camel leg bones. Four photos taken while the top is being rotated toward me. First photo is front. Second is top. Third is back and fourth is bottom. Thanks, John
  16. Hi I often hike in the hills near my house in Gilroy California in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I found this in a very light piece of stone common in my area. The entire fossil shown is slightly smaller than a dime. Any ideas what it might be? Thanks!
  17. I went to the Ernst quarries at shark tooth hill last weekend and had a great time collecting teeth. I'm new to the area and hadn't collected there before, but I met a couple there who were very experienced and helped me identify a lot of what we found. I've attached a picture of what the landscape looked like as we were getting ready to leave. Really a beautiful area, in a desolate sort of way.
  18. I found this on a desert hike today
  19. Hi all, Is there any petrified wood in the Joshua Tree, California area? I googled and couldn't find anything. I'm assuming that means it's not there. I found this rock (not in the park) and to my untrained eye it looks like petrified wood but I'm guessing that it's probably just a sedimentary rock. It's pretty hard though, not soft like the sedimentary rocks I'm familiar with up here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks! Heather
  20. Greetings everyone. I am from Northern California. All of the mineral specimens and fossils that I dig up come from the same general area. But it is a complex geological zone, where the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, the Modoc plateau, and the Basin and Range all sort of come together. I'm going to be posting a series of sets of photos for your enjoyment, but primarily for my education.. I'm hoping to get some help identifying as many fossils in these photos as possible.. I figured I would start with some challenging ones. This first set of photos shows what I am ninety-nine percent sure are land living organisms ( the reason I know this is because I find Leaf fossils in the same Rock ( I'll be posting pictures of those in another set of photos). For size reference, the black objects in these photos are not very large ranging between centimeter or two 2 an inch or so in length... The host rock is a silica-rich jasper-like material that has a hardness of 7 and breaks with a conchoidal fracture. I'm looking forward to hearing what you all think about these. Thanks for your time!
  21. Hello, I found several of these at an estate sale in Southern California. They were in a rusted tin can and found them interesting. This was an estate from a mineral collector and found the tin among thousands of mineral specimens that were for sale. First I thought they were some kind of mineral, but after washing them (they were covered in rust from the can), they looked to me more like small jaws with teeth. I have been looking online for weeks and can't find anything close to them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  22. Balanus cluster, and tall single balanus on Mytilus shell the actual Balanus animal is a crustacean that wraps itself in the "barnacle shell" we are all familiar with
  23. Unusual extinct, surf zone "hippopotomus" single tooth. each composed of many enamel columns upper and lower I c
  24. This is an new website I just launched as a platform for people to share and find fossil sites near them. No account required. http://www.californiafossils.wordpress.com **Any suggestions or comments are welcome
  25. Found this today. There was a lot of conglomerate sea shells in the area also. I am thinking possibly a coral or other under sea plant. Any ideas?