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Found 722 results

  1. September Hunt NY 2019

    September Hunt NY 2019 I cleaned our Devonian aged fossils from the other day and assembled a group photo of our favorite finds. The brachs are rare (Elythe, Meristina) and several rare and uncommon corals (Botryllopora, Heliophyllum delicatum, large Pleurodictyums) were found. The large orange Heliophyllum (4.5") is covered in epibionts. A large enrolled Eldredgeops found in a creek stone, needs more prepping and would have been over 3" long if prone. All finds were surface collected in NY. Thanks, Mikeymig
  2. Ancient Coral Ruins

    I dug up a Devonian Favosites coral recently with a group of corallites on the bottom of the colony that looked like tiny cliff dwellings
  3. Looking for a site

    Hi everyone, My name is Skylar Snowden. I am brand new to the forum and brand new to fossil hunting. I am not from Arizona and am relatively new to the area. I am a Marine Biologist/Curator by profession, and have recently started getting into fossil hunting. I have found a few at diamond point, but want to find some other options. I was going to try and head up to the Payson area again in a week or so, and wanted to see if anyone could elaborate on the site that is, I think, 87 near the E. Verde river. Or, any other sites in the Payson/rim area. I did try the Paleo Site, but found very little. Honestly, I really enjoy doing this, as it gets me and my 2 dogs out of the valley heat. Lol. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Sky
  4. I found this tiny "pebble" lying at a beach north of Chicago when hunting for interesting non-fossil beach rocks and sea glass. (Yeah, there are people who collect and love sea glass and "just rocks" :-) So now, that I've started to collect coral fossils as well, mostly corals, I've been taking a closer look at some of my old finds and see all sorts of little fossil bits and pieces. This one when I found it, had caught my attention due to the tiny pattern, which I thought at the time was maybe something man-made. (Near a big city, there is a lot of man-made tumbled material to be found at the beaches). Looking at it with my magnifying glass, I saw that the individual white spots seem to have the same starlike pattern as the large corals I find. But this thing is almost microscopic. Is/was there really coral with such tiny corallites? If yes, what is its name? Maybe a tiny favositid? Top: Bottom (and side):
  5. is this a coral of some kind?

    Hello all! I was cleaning out my closet earlier today and came across this rock I’ve saved for about... 20 years now? I found it while digging around at my grandmother’s farm in south central Michigan (somewhere between Homer and Litchfield). I’ve always wondered what it could be... any ideas would be much appreciated! (Notice that many of the tiny holes go all the way through the rock. I just thought that was pretty neat, haha.)
  6. Can anyone identify

  7. One of my finds from yesterday. Found it on the surface in a creek bed here in W KY. (That is 99% of my finds!) Apologies for not knowing the geology & time frame. Not quite sure how to go about figuring that out yet. Could this be a sponge or coral? It's about 12 cm long, 9 wide at the widest, & heavy, probably 2 lbs. at least.
  8. Hi everyone this is matthew again today in the creek I found this strange coral fossil it has several corals in it here is a photo
  9. Coral with odd-boy?

    Hello again! I found this lovely lump of coral today, but it seems to have a bonus weird-boy sticking out of it! Firstly, any idea what kind of coral this is? Rugosa? But then - any idea what the bonus weird thing is? Haha Thank you very much! I'm learning so much from y'all!
  10. Not sure what I'm looking at

    Found this in a field stone in Whitney Point, NY. As I understand it, the area has Devonian material. Markings are circular with lines radially and generally smaller than a dime. Coral? Also appear to be some brachiopod fragments mixed in.
  11. Is this fossil coral or modern coral?

    I found this marine rock next to railroad tracks with other marine rocks for railroad erosion control. It looks like coral, but not sure modern or cretaceous? I looked around, but can't seems to match up with any of the existing corals in the ocean.
  12. I just made my third trip to northern New Mexico in pursuit of Pennsylvanian fossils. I love this area and I’m especially interested in the Carboniferous periods, and I usually hit a new location on each trip in addition to my favorite location, San Diego canyon near Jemez Springs. But I am always eager to find new locations to hunt! I visited two locations on this trip. I will post my finds from this trip and follow up with another report from previous visits. 1) I spent a few hours at Fossil Hill near Taos. I had little information to work from at this site and had only a little success, but enjoyed the hiking nonetheless. I walked up and down the hill for a few hours, only finding one area with a significant quantity of larger crinoid stems. I also found a single brachiopod and a single Gastropoda. The longest crinoid stem in the image is 1.5” long. This location was near the top of the hill. The fossils were all loose in dirt. I could not find the source layer unfortunately. If you have any good experience at fossil hill, please message me!
  13. Tabulate Coral

    From the album Finds From the Ordovician -488 to 443 MYA-

    Tabulate coral, from Manitoulin Island.
  14. Lake Michigan beach fossil ID needed

    Hi there all of you brilliant fossil folks! My daughter found this at the beach north of Milwaukee, and I think it's a contender for our local fossil hunting competition (best coral category). We tucked this and others fossils away earlier this summer, and I just realized that turn in is tomorrow! Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  15. hi everyone this is matthew again today in the creek again I found 2 neat fossils and a quartz crystal the first one has many corals in it and the second one has a nice horn coral sticking out of it here are some photos
  16. Local river finds

    I found these on the local riverbank while my daughter was busy picking up a load more Carboniferous rugose corals. In the North East of England. Are they anything of interest?
  17. Sponge? Coral? Fish scales?

    Hi all! I found some of these fossils at a rock shop and I have never seen their kind before. I honestly I’m not even sure what it could be. As far as I know they’re from Morocco, but that’s just a guess. Any ideas?
  18. strange coral that needs ID

    Hi this is matt again the other day in the creek I found this strange fossil coral can anyone id it for me ? here are some photos
  19. Is this petrified wood?

    Found this sticking out of a creek bed. The smaller piece was directly under the larger one, but it doesn't appear to have broken off. It just has a similar structure. I can't figure out if it's wood, coral, tooth, horn, etc. We have a little of each around here (just north of Austin, TX) but mostly marine fossils. In 5 years I haven't come across one that looked like this though. Closest thing to the interior structure I've found is bison tooth. Any ideas?
  20. Hello All, I was able to scrounge up a few hours of free time a couple of days ago. I decided to head towards the Bardstown Kentucky area to scout out a couple of spots I had on my list of possible collecting sites. The first 4 stops proved to be fossil barren. Feeling a little bummed I decided to get some lunch and regroup. After the quick bite to eat, I realized I was running out of time, but I figured I had enough for one more stop. I headed to a road cut that exposed Ordovician rock. More specifically the Drakes Formation. I'm not sure which Member of the Drakes Formation yet. Still working that out. It took a little longer than I anticipated to get to the road cut that exposed the formation, so I ended up with only 30-45 minutes of collecting time. After about 5 minutes of looking, I realized that my perseverance had paid off! I quickly collected what I could in the limited time that I had left to me. The site is definitely on my list now and I will be paying a visit again when I can stay longer. Below are some of my finds. Here are some in situ pics... A couple of nice brachiopods. I haven't had a chance to try and identify them yet, and I am not as good with brachs as I would like to be, so if anyone has a suggestion feel free to chime in. This little guy is hiding. Can you spot him? Sorry for the lack of scale ( I was in a hurry ) This colonial coral is about 6 inches across and not the largest that I found! (Favosites sp.) Possibly Foerstephyllum sp. Here are a few more pics after I got to the house... Here is the little guy that was hiding. Both valves were together. With a little clean up he should look nice. This one is nice, but very delicate as it has completely weathered out of the matrix. Another one of the nicer brachiopods that I picked up. It too had both valves. I picked up this hash plate. A lot of brachiopods, but there is also a layer of iron just below them. You can see it rusting a little in the top left of the photo. I'm fairly certain that this is a stromatoporoid. It is heavily crystalized and has a thin layer of matrix over the top, but I think with a little prep it will reveal its secrets. Last, but certainly not least, is a very large coral. Favosites sp. Foerestophyllum sp? It measures around 9 inches long x 7 inches wide x 5 inches thick.
  21. ID for possible coral cross section

    Heyo! I had one more fossil I was looking to get an ID for and it looks to me like it might be a cross section of some kind of coral. It is rather faint so it might actually be nothing but I figured id give it a shot here as you guys are much better at ID than I am (until I catch up!) /\ Main pciture. /\ Here is a little closer showing the details. /\ Cross-section in case its needed. Thanks for help as usual, you guys are always great!! -Em
  22. Heyo! Found on the river banks of Humber river in Toronto, Canada I came across this rock this weekend and I was not sure if it was anything special or just a peculiar shaped rock. After some hesitation I decided to pick it up just in case. It has a very distinct wave looking shape to it and the texture on the 'wavy' surface seems rather fossil-esque but I wasn't sure as the cross section doesn't seem to show much of anything. If I had to take a guess I would say its either a coral or maybe its an imprint of some-kind? Let me know what you think If its anything worth keeping or just random rocks: /\ These two pictures show the general shape and size of the piece. /\ These two pictures show the close-up texture on the surface of both sides. /\ This is the side/cross section. Thanks for the help! -Em
  23. Hi all! I managed to go on 3 large fossil hunting trips this weekend and pulled in easily the BIGGEST haul so far with the most variety as well! The first two pictures were from Mimico creek and the rest were a mix of Humber river and a separate section of Mimico creek. I managed to pull in my second trilobite from the area so that was very exciting! Also pulled a bunch of stuff that I was not able to identify: /\ This was the haul from last Friday night /\ This is the trilobite I found!!! Very excited to have a second one - its been a while since the last one I found /\ This was the full haul for the weekend trip at Mimico and Humber /\ Some Orthoconic Nautiloids as usual. Although it seems that this isn't just the same species I usually find as some of the patterns were much smoother than what I usually find A couple decent looking Crinoid stalks /\ /\ Lots of different shells this time, with a nice range of lined shells as well as 'mussel' looking shells (don't know the scientific names for these ones yet - sorry :/) /\ A close-up of the real nicely defined deathbed of TONS of shells! Unfortunately the hammer I used for cracking bounced off this rock and mashed my thumb in so that wasn't very fun. But its healing up nicely so I'd say it was worth it haha /\ Variety different sizes of coral (if you guys could help me identify which type that would be sweet!) /\ These were the weird ones. I'm not even sure if these are even fossils but I figured I might as well take em just in case - better safe than sorry!! (I am posting these two in identification later!) I was very proud of this haul! Lots of diversity compared to the usual hunt which is nice because I'm kind of getting a little tired of the mountains of Nautiloids we have piling up in the collection Let me know what you guys think of these ones!!! -Em
  24. Collection Available

    The Pinal Geology Museum (pinalgeologymuseum.org) in Coolidge Arizona has a fossil collection that it would like to donate to a college, university, or museum. There are over 1000 specimens, they are all cataloged and each one has an index card. Most of the samples are small just a few inches in size with a few larger ones. There are mainly brachiopods and corals, but I have not looked carefully at the collection which is in storage. This collection was mader by a collector over a 70 year time period and it was donated to our museum by his family when he passed away. The whole collection would not need to be kept by the recipient, but it is hoped most could be with the collectors name attached to it in recognition of his efforts to put it together.
  25. Unknown Kentucky Coral. Ordovician?

    I have this coral and I *think* it came from a batch of material from the Bardstown locality in Kentucky. I think it's Ordovician. It is a ball shape and one side shows a lot more detail than the other. Does anyone know what species this is?
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