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  1. Can Acetone remove Vinac from Fossils?

    Hey everyone, Today I worked on applying vinac to plant fossils and messed up on one fossil and I was wondering if there was anyway to remove vinac from a fossil? Could acetone work? Any suggestions are wanted! Thanks!
  2. Deep Springs Road (first trip)

    I made my first trip out to DSR today and, with some helpful tips from some kind people on the forum, I was able to find the site and know what to look for. Its a nice little spot. Near the road, easy to get to, and quiet. I didn't find anything exceptional, but I thought I would post pics of my favorites for anyone looking up the spot. Thank you to the owners of the site for let everyone come and enjoy it.
  3. Holly smoke! now I know why I should have listened to my teachers when I was in school. I am so far over my head in this fossil and rock thing that my eyes hurt thinking about it. I do mostly river hunting here in VA. and until I came across this site my life was normal, now I'm not sure about anything. It seems now I have more questions than answers. Walking the banks of the James river looking for arrowheads I always seem to come home with more different looking rocks than I do arrowheads. Picking up rocks that look like they may be arrowheads but are not got me to wondering. One question is, is there a fossil hunting for dummies thingy anywhere? One of my sons likes to look for shark teeth and I go with him some times to walk the river banks. One of my questions is, do all real shark teeth look like the pretty little black and grey colored things he always brings back or could a tooth be completely turned to stone like river rock you see along the bank of a stream. Also is it possible to find a tooth in a sediment layer, like so called mud rock that is shaped exactly like those pretty ones that everybody else finds but is just a blob of the same material that its encased in? I was digging a couple buckets of of that sediment layer to use for planting material when I noticed something strange looking in the soil. It was getting dark and we had to leave to get back. A day or two later when I dumped out one of the buckets I noticed bone fragments and what looked to be parts of some kind of vertebrae. Out of the three buckets I collected there was over a bucket full of these bone like pieces and a lot of pieces that had the shape of teeth but were just a mass of the grey sediment looking material. Hopefully I will get to go back to the site later to find out what I have destroyed and to see what else may be there.......but more carefully this time I promise. I'm going to try and get some pics of some of the things but my camera battery is dead and I have to get a new one. When I do post pictures it will be in the fossil ID page.
  4. Fossiling for Children

    The fossil/rock club that I belong to was asked to be part of a craft show in Morrison, Iowa this past weekend. The president asked for assistance months ago. I did not volunteer initially because it was a 2.5 hour drive for me. But as of Thursday, help was still needed. What I didn't realize was that in addition to my physical attendance, I was to put together a project for children!!! Now this is Thursday evening and I needed to be in Iowa Saturday. The president informed me that last year 200 youngsters went through their set up. So here is my project and results: I decided to make 200 rocks full of fossils for the kids to open. Having never done this before and only 24 hours to prepare, I was a bit nervous. The following recipe was found on TFF. @caldigger made the suggestion of using dry wall powder instead of plaster of paris. I used both. Plaster of paris dried faster and was a harder finished product. Dry wall powder, on the other hand, being markedly cheaper, $9 for a bag that made me grunt carrying it to the car, and the ease of breaking open for the children, I would recommend it over plaster of paris. As for sand and the drywall powder, different proportions were tried but I felt a 1 part sand to 2 parts drywall powder worked the best. Bright and early Friday morning I collected enough loose fossils to embed in the plaster. This was my work site. Notice the bottle of cinnamon, a suggestion for coloring the fossils in the article. Save the cinnamon for what it was intended for, human consumption. I will speak on coloring the "rocks" later: And the work begins. First blobs of plaster were laid out. DO NOT PLACE ON NEWSPAPER!!!! Use wax paper. The children were quick to point out that there was lettering on their "rocks". The dye of the newspaper bled through onto the plaster. Next, liberally wet your hands with Pam cooking oil then grab a handful of fossils. Roll them around in your hands for awhile until coated lightly with the oil. Push each into the plaster. This did wonders at keeping plaster residue off of the fossils. At this point, I tried many ways to cover the fossils up. My best and quickest results came by letting the bottom plaster firm just a bit and then pouring a thinner layer of plaster over the top. Now to speak on coloring the "rocks". I tried cinnamon, I tried painting. Neither technique thrilled me. And to paint 200, not going to happen. So I was thinking of what to do when I looked down at the "filthy"bowl of water that I would rinse my brush out in. Why not dip a nice white rock into it and see what happened. It worked GREAT at instilling a fairly natural color to the stark white and one can color 200 items in about 5 minutes. I experimented with different colors in the water. The examples in the back of the picture below came out the best. I did find that to create a little 2 tone look, lightly brush the colored rock with a different color while it is still wet from it's bath and it added to it's look tremendously. Here is my first 100. And yes there are a few pink ones. I always wanted my daughter to be a "tom boy", but she grew up a "girly girl". She is now grown and on her own and we recently took her bed out of her bedroom. I found about 20 small "diamonds" in the carpet where the bed used to rest. Why not add these to some pink plaster (along with some fossils). They went like hotcakes and brought smiles when opened. And in all honesty, the children chose the pink and white samples over the browns. So in the future, maybe I would not try and mimic rock. And make orange, green, red, pink, blue, and yellow ones.
  5. Paleontology of the Grand Canyon Region

    Spamer, E. E., 2019. Bibliography of Paleontology of the Grand Canyon Region and in the Continuity of Grand Canyon Formations. Ravem Perch Media. https://ravensperch.org/bibliography-of-paleontology-of-the-grand-canyon-region/ https://www.academia.edu/39128385/Bibliography_of_Paleontology_of_the_Grand_Canyon_Region_and_in_the_Continuity_of_Grand_Canyon_Formations https://amphilsoc.academia.edu/EarleSpamer Spamer, E.E., 1984, Paleontology in the Grand Canyon of Arizona: 125 years of lessons and enigmas from the late Precambrian to the present: Mosasaur (Journal of the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society), v. 2, p. 45-128. https://sites.google.com/site/dvpspaleo/home/the-mosasaur/Mosasaur-Vol2-1984-Spammer-GrandCanyon-45-128.pdf https://sites.google.com/site/dvpspaleo/home/the-mosasaur/ https://www.academia.edu/36824895/Paleontology_in_the_Grand_Canyon_of_Arizona_125_Years_of_Lessons_and_Enigmas_from_the_Precambrian_to_the_Present On a lighter note: Spamer, E.E., 1955. The Okamura Fossil Laboratory. The Annals of Improbable Research. v. 1, no. 4, pp. 4-9. https://www.academia.edu/36778876/The_Okamura_Fossil_Laboratory_and_Was_Darwin_nearly_right Yous, Paul H.
  6. Teeth at Big Brook and Ramanessin NJ

    I found this tooth in Ramanessin Brook near Big Brook. The guy leading the group said it was a broken shark tooth but he was in a hurry and barely looked at it. I don’t think it looks like a shark tooth. The first picture shows the sharp edge on the front of the tooth.
  7. Hi everyone, I'm looking for a little advice on how to ship heavy fossils internationally (from the USA to the UK). I thought the forum might be a good place to ask, as quite a few of you may have done this in the past. I have the opportunity to purchase around 500kg (around 1000 pounds) of small fossils from someone in the US. I'm sure I've read members discuss sending fossils back from Tuscon in the past using shipping containers and guess this would probably be the best way to go. Any advice on how this works would be greatly appreciated.
  8. Hi again. Just found this a moment ago. Any one know what it is please? Is it another trace fossil? Thanks
  9. Hey again. Just collected this about 2 minutes ago before the tide cut me off so had to come back. Any ideas what it is? Looks like loads of bones or worm bourrows or something to me?
  10. Another ongoing ID thread

    Hi guys I’m doing a bit of an overhaul on my collection and I have found some unidentified things I would appreciate anyone’s help in identifying them thanks in advance, will ps the boxes are 7x12cm 1.bartonian amber from Gdańsk (Baltic) 2.stuff from pen Dixie 3.. 4.. 5Melongena Corona? Bradenton Road Dig Florida 6. Silurian from wrens nest england
  11. Identification Help

    I found these rocks between Ashland, Wisconsin and Little Girls Point in Michigan. There was so much rock hunting that day, I lost track of exactly where! Picture 2 (the tan colored) that's posted in the comments, is a coral fossil on the back. Shown is the front, I've never seen something like that before. Please share your knowledge, it's greatly appreciated!
  12. Purchased fossils ID

    Hello! I recently purchased an online lot from an estate sale and got near 100 pieces of collected material. I got some nice pieces, although nothing is in great quality but im hoping I have some rare tooth or something. While I already sorted the hoard, 50% was unidentifiable so I just took the interesting looking ones that I knew nothing about. Any help is appreciated! If anyone would like to know the dimensions, I will be more then happy to do so. Weird piece, the bottom solid bit feels almost like plastic. I also have some peices with some mineral residue on it. I am unsure where this all came from but it seemed like a very interested place to collect. These were labeled as whale inner ear bones, however, they do not look like the stuff I see on google. Some sort of tooth Could be a small horse tooth? This was just labeled porpoise tooth. The first side looks like a belemnite phragmacone but the other side reminds me of a hadrosaur? Super long root with a tooth attached. It is not very good quality, but I can at least make out that it is definitely a separate piece at the tip This was labeled as mastodon cusp A weird button lookin thang. THANKS FOR ANY HELP
  13. Are these bivalves extinct

    I can find photos that look like the ones in the last 3 photos but can't seen to find much info on them, are all of these the same species? I can't find anything that looks like the one in the first 3 photos so I'm not sure what to make of it. Based on the photos I've compared some of these to, I believe that some may have gone extinct during the Pliocene.
  14. Fossil hunting near Hamburg Germany?

    My son is moving to Hamburg Germany and I was wondering if there were any sites where he can hunt for fossils? He likes fish fossils, but I am hoping he might find his father a few nice shark teeth. Are there fees and permits required? Can he send fossils out of the country? Any fossil shops in or near Hamburg?
  15. Aurora/Lee Creek spoils piles?

    I have read a few posts where there is mention of Lee Creek mine spoils piles presumably unrelated to the ones at the Aurora fossil museum. How does one find these, are they open to the public, and do they contain similar fossils to the ones found at the museum? Also, I have noticed that whenever I talk to the folks at the museum about when they expect to get "fresh dirt" from the mine, they are very non-committal about when of if they will even get any... I'd like to make my investment in travel to the area worthwhile. Some of my trips there, the spoils pile was very picked over. Tips, tricks and suggestions much appreciated.
  16. If someone finds a number of fossils that scientist can not ID, does the person that found them get to name them all if they turn out to be new a specie.?
  17. Coprolite???

    Hello Trying to figure out if this is coprolite! Just one of the fossils I found this last Weekend. I find most of my fossils ironically while metal detecting. I'm new to the forum and look forward to talking and sharing!
  18. Unknown tyrannosaur

    Hi I found this and am wondering is this a new species of tyrannosaur I don’t think it’s albertosaurus libratus because it is in a collection with gorgosaurus libratus and albertosaurus sarcophagcus so if it was albertosaurus libratus there would not be any specimens named gorgosaurus libratus there are other specimens then just this tooth too any information? Thanks.
  19. fossils from Paxos Greece

    Hi guys I looked up fossils in Paxos and only one result cane up , shell beds in Gaios, I didn’t hunt these I found the flint corals on the northern tip of the island tumbled by the sea and seemingly from a flint band about 1/4 up the cliff. The other were quite erratically found on the coast around the island , I also found a belemnite but due to a lack of hammer and chisel couldn’t remove it. Does anyone know anything about these fossils thanks, will
  20. Corys lane finds

    Hi All, I am new to fossil collecting and this was my first time hunting for them. I went to corys lane in RI. All I had with me was a hammer and I really had no clue what I was doing. The tide was low. Was I supposed to be looking/breaking the shale that was at the low tide line or was I supposed to look in the shale that had fallen from the bottom of the cliff? Do I even need to break the shale or will the fossils already be visible? I spent 4 hours there and found nothing up until my last 10 minutes there. Attached is what I found. I believe the first picture is a fern? And have no clue what the second one is.
  21. Is this akylosaur skin

    Is this akylosaur skin it matches the euoplcephalus skin above found in dinosaur provincial park.
  22. Myrtle Beach Finds

    Hi guys, new to the site and just wanted to get some help on identifying some items I found at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I typically just look for shark teeth but thought these were interesting enough to keep. Thanks in advance for your help.
  23. Quick question, I am aware it is illegal to export vertebrate fossils from China to other countries. Is it legal to ship them to the U.S. from Hong Kong, and Thailand?
  24. Hi all, I have fossils from Singapore's Jurong Formation, aged from late Triassic to early Jurassic (235 - 175 mya). Some were found over 10 years ago by a fossil-digger while others were dug up recently by the two of us. Several specimens have been handed over to our local museum. However, no one really knows what family or genus these bivalves belong to. I was hoping you guys could help. Specimen 0A Specimen 0B Specimen 0B alt view Specimen 0B alt view
  25. ID gastropods

    These are 2 of the largest gastropods that I have come across while digging fossils out of these sandstone boulders. I'm not sure but I think the first one is maybe a solariella maculate. I can find photos of what looks like the second one but I can't seem to place a name to it. Location, near Palmdale, Ca., most likely from the Pliocene period.