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Found 23 results

  1. In need of help identifying

    Hello there. I am quite a beginner to fossil hunting and would like some help on identifying one’s that I found today on the shore of Lake Michigan in New Buffalo, Michigan. I am aware that some could be rocks that I may have mistaken for fossils. Like I said, I’m new to this but would appreciate any of the help that I could get. Thank you.
  2. ID Help

    With winter finally over we took a drive over to Lake Michigan to look along the beach. We found a many of the typical corals. I spotted this interesting looking fossil in the surf and quickly retrieved it. As I looked at it more closely and saw the details I became more unsure of what it is. I'll add some closeups in the next post. Thanks.
  3. Southern Lake Michigan Hunting

    New here! I started collecting fossils on the Great Lakes two years ago. Spring turns up the best fossils and minerals. This looks like a Trilobite, can anyone lend me any more information?
  4. What is this one? Any ideas? Im trying to create a hands on fossil unit for classroom use and I can't ID this one. I pick up fossils all over N. Michigan. Thanks!
  5. Lake Michigan Gastropod or ???

    I'm trying to identify my fossils to create a hands on fossil unit for classroom use. These 2 are stumping me (will post second photo in reply, can't attach it here). They look kind of like snail shells but aren't sharp enough for me to be sure. They're more imprints.
  6. My daughter found this on the Suthwest Michigan shore of Lake Michigan yesterday. It resembles a tooth but didn't know if it was just a rock that formed this way. Any thoughts?
  7. Bivalve with foot?

    Sorry for the shadow/light. The whole fossil is about an inch long. Is that the foot sticking out at top left? Or do you think it's just that the rest of the shell was broken off and never became part of the fossil? It's very soft mudstone (can scratch it with my fingernail), but I know soft parts don't tend to get preserved. This is another beach fossil, so I don't know anything about the age.
  8. I found this fossil while beach combing. Any ideas? Guesses are welcomed too.
  9. Lake Michigan Fossil ID

    Hi. I am new to fossils and have found quite a lot on a Lake Michigan beach Wisconsin side. I would be very grateful for any information as to the type of fossils I'll be posting photos of here. Thank you. I have over 50 pounds of fossils of various types. A great number of the fossils I have are in quartz and quite sparkly. These are the first few I'd like to share. Any thoughts?
  10. Hi! I'm new here, so PLEASE forgive me any infractions. On an annual trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, I took a day trip to South Haven, Michigan (more specifically Deer Lick Creek Park, on the west coast, above St Joseph). I found a rock with an interesting inclusion. Deer Lick Creek empties into Lake Michigan. After some research, the bedrock in that area is Shale. (I don't know if that helps). So...a rock, possibly a septarian nodule, found at Deer Lick Creek beach, which is near South Haven, Mi, bedrock is shale. Attached is a picture of the rock in question.
  11. Teeth?

    I found these two (i think) teeth at Warren Dunes State Park on Lake Michigan. I think they are teeth of some kind, but not having luck identifying them. Anyone have any idea what they are? Thanks! Loving this forum!
  12. Coral Fossil?

    I recently found what I think is a coral fossil, possibly Halisitidae (chain coral), although I'm uncertain. Please let me if you are able to identify. Thanks, Tromis
  13. Bryozoan Fossil ??

    I found this over the weekend north of Milwaukee on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It looks to be in the Devonian or possible Silurian Period and what I am guessing is Bryozoans from the seafloor of what once was. I would appreciate anyone knowledgeable to confirm. I know these are pretty common finds, but wondering if it is somewhat rare to find this big (11" x 12" x 3" & weighs 24lbs). Also given the dense formation, I assume my guess of being from seafloor is correct?
  14. Shark tooth in Lake Michigan

    Hey everyone! I was exploring a private beach next to a graveyard in Petoskey, Mi. I mostly found regular Petoskey stones but I ran across afew things I found unusual. [1st & 2nd picture] I'm almost positive this is a shark tooth. [4th picture] the dark stone I'm also unsure of. Let me know what you guys think! Thank you so much. James Carden Here's another look at the same stone dry: Larger picture of everything I found:
  15. Hello all, It sure has been awhile since I last posted! For my sweet sixteen this year, I was thinking of FINALLY going to Lake Michigan, since I have heard of some pretty interesting fossils there. The trouble is, LM has a lot of beaches. Has anyone collected there before? Any particular beaches? A collector could probably find something at any of those beaches, but surely there must be a few beaches that have more to offer. I was maybe thinking of Foster??? Any advice or recommendations would be helpful! Thanks for your time.
  16. I have a couple of crinoid pieces I've picked up from the shore of Lake Michigan in NE Illinois and I'm interested in finding out what time period(s) they're likely from - I've had no luck finding out much about rock sourced from the lake itself, and it seems like everyone has something different to say about what's underlying the shore here, so I thought I would put this out on the forum and see if anyone knows.
  17. Kenosha Public Museum

    Last year my son and I took a trip to one of my favorite museums, the Kenosha County Public Museum. This museum isn't the biggest, BUT it's free, very educational, beautiful, kid friendly and the dioramas are unforgettable. While there I noticed that they had mislabeled a simple pyrite blob for a critter that I am way too familiar with, the Essexella Jellyfish. So last Saturday I took full advantage of the warm weather that had blown in (a blazing 55 degrees) thawing us from our wintery grip, and made the hour trip to donate a proper Jellyfish. I also decided to donate a few more Mazon Creek fauna pieces that they didn't have. For most of you that don't know this, Kenosha County has been one of the best spots to find complete ice age mega fauna in the US for the last hundred years or so. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, the Kenosha Public Museum proudly houses a cast from a local find of the most complete Mammoth ever found in the US. It also has a recreated dig sight from a local find as well of a rare Mammoth butcher site. All of these were found about 30mins from my home. But unlike most mega fauna hunters, I don't have the luxury of rivers to sift. These fossils are either under wetlands, 4'-10' of clay or are in a neighborhood with a house sitting on top of them. Because of this though when they are found they are usually almost complete and well preserved. To this day there is still a Mastodon under a local lake that I will not name. Hopefully funding will come soon so it can be finally uncovered, and I can only hope to volunteer my time to be a part of it. I'm getting off topic....... I highly recommend anyone that is visiting the Chicago or Milwaukee area to take a walk through the Kenosha Public Museum. It is small, but jammed packed with simple to understand information. The dioramas are just amazing. If you're at all interested in woodland Native American culture, this is the place for you. As most museums do, it has a timeline walkway that brings you from creation to modern day. This museum also has many other things to do and see, and it sits next door to a Civil War Museum and just down the street from the Dino Museum. The pyrite smear that I will call the Golden Ghost Faux Jelly. My chosen donated fossils (Jellyfish, associated group of Jellys, shrimp, shrimp molt, sea cucumber, coprolite and a Macroneuropteris. continued......
  18. Wisconsin Fossil?

    Hello! I'm a new fossil enthusiast in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I find Silurian and Devonian crinoids, gastropods, brachiopods, bryozoans, and corals here, mostly on the Lake Michigan shore. I found the attached rock in Door County, Wisconsin, about 3 hours north of here, in the water off of a public beach. It doesn't resemble anything else I've ever found. I am very curious about it so I would be thrilled if anyone can identify it or provide possibilities. The first pic is a little blurry but should give an idea about size. The other two should be good closeups. Thanks!
  19. I found this on a beach on Lake Michigan when i was a child. It's mostly Silurian there, but honestly coming from a giant lake that glaciers once inhabited you never know. It's a very strange piece. It has what looks to be "eyes", but i know they aren't. It also has a piece that looks to be broken off and then tiny crystals formed inside. Also some of it has a strange circular texture on it, almost like agate eyes everywhere. So im thinking this was definitely heated up. The bottom mostly consists of that said texture with symmetrical lines encompassing it then swirling inward. It reminds me of a cast of something, but the "eyes" don't make sense. Please help my confusion. It's been a long ID coming. "Eyes" Crystal "mouth" "Bottom" Thanks guys!
  20. These were both found on the shore of Lake Michigan in Illinois. They are chain coral. From what I have read, chain coral is rare from Lake Michigan. I have seen pieces sell for about $50. Are these really rare? If so-why? Thanks
  21. Rock Or Fossil?

    On lake Michigan, we found two "fish like" rocks. Can anyone explain or id these for us, thanks!
  22. Here are a few fossils I found on the beach today. Enjoy!!!! Does anyone know what the small round fossil on that white rock is called? Also, here is a cool map I found for WI: http://www.paleoportal.org/index.php?globalnav=time_space&sectionnav=state&name=Wisconsin
  23. I have always loved Lake Michigan! I can remember walking along the beach with my dad when I was a 3 and 4 years old. We would hunt for small hidden treasures along the shoreline. He introduced me to crinoids! Since then, whenever I go to Lake Michigan, I ALWAYS come home with a few "hidden treasures". However, this summer I have lost myself on the shores of Lake Michigan for several hours, fascinated by ROCKS and FOSSILS. My family (5 children and husband) think I've truly lost it...lol. I have come home with great anticipation of sharing my finds with them in hopes that they would be just as excited. (Not so much!) Perhaps they would be more interested if I knew what the heck I was showing them! I have researched a bit and think I know what some of the pics are and apologize for the quality. Work in progress...thanks for your help.