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Found 57 results

  1. I swear I am not a troll.

    Hello everyone. I found this in central Oregon on highway 380. Was driving 380 for the first time paying close attention to the road cuts that had been blasted some time in the begining of the last century. I still don't know exactly what the clay was but it was dark brown to light brown to white from center of it and exposed it was hard as rock and softened as I dug down to a clay mess. This is one of many things pulled out of the matrix. I did no sculpting and only removed the soft clay. This is in no way a joke I truly need help with this. See the feet?
  2. Trying to figure out what these might be. They would have been under water, the location still has a lake overtop of it, but the water levels were low when we found it. Soil has a lot of clay and there are tons of petrified or fossilized bones that litter the beach. Seemed larger than cow rib...any ideas?
  3. Petrified wood or something else?

    Hello, new here. I found this off the side of the highway 95 near the Nevada/Oregon state line. I’m thinking it’s petrified wood, but I don’t know enough to be certain. Your help and opinions would be greatly appreciated! It’s pretty heavy and hard, smooth on 5 sides and rougher on one. A strange thing, could just be environmental, the “rough” side of the rock has a strange smell, kinda of like old cooking oil. photos of “sides” attached. I’ll add photos of top bottom and a few others in comments.
  4. possible petrified palm nut

    I found this at the Siskiyou Pass near the border of Oregon and California. It was in 2 pieces when I found it - that fit together. In this same area I found lots of petrified wood including petrified palm wood and other petrified wood both large and small. Could this be a petrified palm nut? The length of the 2 pieces together is over 15 centimeters and the diameter where it broke is over 6 centimeters.
  5. possible petrified fruit

    I found a 5 centimeter (2 inch) diameter rock in Oregon. When I hit it with a hammer (several times) it split perfectly in half. In the middle there was what appeared to be a seed - about the size, shape, and color of an apple seed. The rock had all these "carpels" or "rays", "flakes" coming out from the center. I sanded one half of the inside of the rock. I did not sand the outside. The outside is very hard. The inside is sort of flaky. The outside could not be scratched with a fingernail or coin. Acid did not make the rock fizz or do anything. Someone thought it might be a concretion but I doubt that because of the pattern and "flakes". What do you think it is?
  6. I had purchased some petrified wood that was cut into book ends. The blade marks were quite rough. After some effort on my flat lap, to my amazement this half had an image of a man and a dog. I named it Elvis and the Hound Dog. The other half was all black. The piece originated from Sweet Home, OR. I think it is quite the find. I was wondering if others have found pictures in their fossils/rocks. I know picture stone is known for patterns, but images are on another level.
  7. Unidentified Oligocene... Something

    I found this in a Benton county crumbly fossil rich road cut that I'm fairly sure is Oligocene based upon the other fossils present. Other fossils are all aquatic and includes a lot of clams (Pitar) and a few snails (Siphonalia, Neverita) The fossil in question appears to have been a hollow tube that's been broken open, but I'm unsure if that's actually the case or if the end is simply folded in a way to give that illusion. I initially called it a bone in my excitement, but now I could see it as being plant matter of some kind. This is kind of a shot in the dark, as I'm unsure if it could even be identified based on such a vague fossil. Edit: It's about 2 inches or 5-6 centimeters
  8. Bone ID, Oregon, Willamette

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  9. Bone ID, Oregon, Willamette

    Hello All, I found this piece at the shoreline, Kelley Point Park (confluence of Willamette and Columbia). It's lightweight (1 oz) Any Ideas?
  10. I found a beautiful burned and petrified tree under a hundred feet of basalt in oregon. Can someone please help me identify this and point me in the right direction? Christopher Finck. Thank you
  11. A new paper you may find interesting: Olivier Lambert; Stephen J. Godfrey; Erich M. G. Fitzgerald (2019). Yaquinacetus meadi, a new latest Oligocene–early Miocene dolphin (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Squaloziphiidae, fam. nov.) from the Nye Mudstone (Oregon, U.S.A.). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Online edition: e1559174. doi:10.1080/02724634.2018.1559174. Yaquinacetus further muddies the diversity of archaic homodont odontocetes by demonstrating that Squaloziphius is more primitive than crown Odontoceti, confirming earlier doubts about the original ziphiid classification of Squaloziphius. In this paper, Squaloziphiinae is raised to family level due to the cladistic results by Lambert et al. (2019). Anybody have a copy of the paper cited above that I could read?
  12. This trip started out in Tacoma Washington. Our first stop was Centralia WA. Supposedly there were marine sediments 35 million years old that encompassed bivalves, gastropods and some other small marine life. Of course I have another spot near my house with a similar variety of fossils so I was less interested. None the less I spent 2 hours there looking through clay and checking if I could see any siltstone or shale. Unfortunately I did not find anything here. The next stop was near Portland Oregon in Butte Creek where there have been numerous whale teeth and some other vertebrate fossils. I of course was certain that collecting vertebrates was also illegal in Oregon so I skipped out on keeping anything I found. I came up dry again in Butte creek after an hour of looking. Next I searched Myrtle Creek Oregon briefly as it was getting dark. I didn't see much there, however there could have been plenty that I simply missed in the dark. (also I only looked for 15 minutes) The next day, I went to Riddle Oregon, where supposedly Jurassic Leaf fossils could be found and also some Bivalves, Gastropods and Ammonites. I skipped looking around the town and went straight to Cow Creek (goes through Riddle) and saw fossils across the water, however during February, there was no chance of me swimming across. The current is quite strong too. It also was loaded with private property signs and we even saw a guy looking back at us with a rifle over his shoulder. That is when we left. We heard about Ashland and the great cretaceous formations off the road at I-5 near Klamath Mountain. We traveled up there but found Nada. In California we searched along Gazelle Road and found a few possible corals. Gazelle Callahan Road is Silurian. I got permission from a land owner to search along his property. On the way back we stayed at a motel in Medford. Planning for the day tomorrow I read on PDFs that I was checking the wrong spot along I-5 for the cretaceous fossils south of Ashland. I plotted exactly where they were on maps and got ready to go the next morning. When I arrived at the mountain pass, it had snowed at least 2 - 3 feet. There was no way I was finding anything. Disappointed, we left to go back to Riddle, When I arrived in Riddle, I decided to search the town for Jurassic - Cretaceous fossils. While searched a road cut near town, I found some Bivalves called Buchia (according to the formation species guide) This was the only spot where I did end up finding fossils unfortunately but I did want to share what I found. I still have a whole whiteboard full of fossils I have yet to go through so I couldn't upload all my finds. Riddle Oregon was actually packed with fossils if you look closely. Thanks for reading : )
  13. I will actually be moving out west in June/July, I’m currently researching the areas. I’m calling on the experts to let me know which is the best move for fossils. I’m a geology grad with a desire to pursue paleontology, so career opportunities must be kept in mind as well. The three cities we’ve narrowed down are Fort Collins CO, Flagstaff AZ, and Bend OR. Don’t worry, I will be bringing a plethora of Florida fossils with me, so, whoever gets to meet me will have plenty of gifts and goodies. Just looking for some solid advice. ps, sorry for being so absent on the forums lately; life has been a little cray!
  14. This Gastropod does not seem to be in Ellen Moore's book and there seems to be different opinions as to what it might be. Is there anyone who can tell me exactly what this is and show me a picture of the specimen they refer to? Miocene Astoria Formation Oregon
  15. Partial mammalian tooth?

    I have been a long time follower of the fossil forum but this is my first post. A good friend of mine found this at the rock pile at the Rice Museum here in the Portland Oregon area. My friend is confined to a wheelchair so this location where hounds drop off rocks collected from "who knows where" is perfect for him. Anyway my buddy knows I've collected vertebrate fossils for from all over Oregon for decades and was delighted when I said was wasn't positive about what it was. So I'm coming to all of you. The specimen is approximately 4cm x 5cm x 2cm. It's heavy, definitely mineralized, looks mildly water worn, and has tooth-like structure. My best guess is that it is mid root area of a large segmented tooth. Without any crown portions present, that's as far as I'm willing to go. What say you?
  16. Found on Oregon beach

    Very smooth and shiny. Think it could be a fossil? Very tiny. Can you help ID? Thank you! Tooth maybe?
  17. https://gizmodo.com/toothless-33-million-year-old-whale-could-be-an-evolut-1830739126 https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/cp-3wf112118.php https://phys.org/news/2018-11-whales-lost-teeth-evolving-hair-like.html
  18. FIRST Dinosaur Fossil Found In Oregon

    https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/6692314-151/scientists-find-first-oregon-dinosaur-fossil
  19. Clarno Volcanic Field

    Nut, seed, or egg? Discovered near Ashwood, Oregon. Outer shell cracked open at end. Golden hue inside specimen.
  20. I am a new member, retired, and considering a collecting trip into Eastern Oregon next month. I plan on spending a week in the High Desert hunting and collecting. I am "self-contained" and am planning on living in the field or, at best, staying at a low impact camp site. If you are interested in speaking with me about this excursion in more detail, drop me a line! Trapper John
  21. I have been an avid collector of Astoria Formation fossils from the Oregon coast for a number of years, and plan on putting up a web page that shows every known invertebrate species from the Newportian stage of the Astoria formation (plus as many vertebrate and plant species as possible). In my collection I am still short by a dozen or so invertebrate species out of the nearly-100 described in the literature, although I have also found a dozen or so that AREN'T in the literature, and plan on describing and naming them if they are indeed "new" species. So I was wondering if there were any fellow collectors that have unusual stuff that they could share photos of. One of my recent finds was a conifer cone (shown below), although I don't know what genus and species it belongs to (does anybody know?).
  22. Bamboo?? In marble?? In oregon??

    Me and a buddy were looking for some limestone caves that had a bunch of calcite... long story short we drove to this abandoned marble quarry it was massive and the quality of marble was magnificent... after a long day of hiking and climing around this snarge mountain for the 3rd day and still couldnt find said cave so we headed back to the car disappointed and defeated.. we walked past a bunch of broken boulders of marble and old workings of the quary... i was admiring the beauty of this marble when i saw what looked like a clay imprint of a plant in the side of the marble.. not knowing anything about fossils having never found one and being relativity new to rock hounding i wasnt sure what to think of it and as i walked around this good sized bolder on the other side was a black imprint like on the othere side then it hit me... no one did this this cant be a carving too remote and just in a pile of boulders.... so it had to be a fossil.. but how was it so perfect and when was the last time southern oregon had bamboo...... so we didnt know what we had (still dont ) but we knew we had to get it but it was too big for the two of us so we decided to crack it down the middle so we could save both faces and put it in the truck witch we did... Now i have no idea what it is if its real or what i should do with it.. i am most likely going to reach out to a local rock club or museum but thought i would do some research on my own (considering. I know nothing about fossils) first...so heres some pics please tell me anything you can... what you think? I dont see it being a fraud i found other inprints in that area but nothing like this...
  23. I'm going on a fossil hunting trip to Mitchell, Oregon in about a week, I was wondering if anyone has recommendations on places to look. This will be my 5th or 6th trip to Mitchell, so I know the area fairly well.
  24. I peer into a small geode at 80x to look at what look like small blooms of crystals covering bulbous blue crystal mounds. Originally I wanted to see why the geode had white crystal patches on one side and the top side had darker spots. First I see that the "blooms" are actually super small stones that look to be growing their own crystals. I had to look further, I wasn't sure if the geode was opened when I chipped it free from the breccia or if had been open while it was encased. The crystallization was perfectly clean, so I surmise it was. Either way, how in the world does a geode crystallize and then later adopt a speckling of microscopic stones? So, I'm looking over the surface and there is this anomaly. does not match any of the features inside the geode. I look closer and it appears to have, internal organs, segmented legs, and antennae. Could this really be some type of shrimp? Or similar crustacean? I'm really curious to hear what you all think. Hopefully the images suffice, I have a biological microscope so it is not the best at 3D. Posterior Head/Antennae I know I've been looking at a screen all day, but this sure looks like a segmented/armored leg. And, I'm spent
  25. Blue Basin, John Day Fossil Beds

    Blue Basin is a beautiful, overlooked wonder at the John Day Fossil Beds By Jamie Hale, The Oregonian, OregonLive, July 03, 2018 https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/life_and_culture/erry-2018/07/32c7d189946376/blue_basin_is_a_beautiful_over.html Blue Basin and Island in Time Trails, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument http://www.americansouthwest.net/oregon/john-day-fossil-beds/blue-basin-trail.html Some related papers are: Albright III, L.B., Woodburne III, M.O., Fremd III, T.J., Swisher III III, C.C., MacFadden III, B.J. and Scott III, G.R., 2008. Revised chronostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the John Day Formation (Turtle Cove and Kimberly members), Oregon, with implications for updated calibration of the Arikareean North American Land Mammal Age. The Journal of Geology, 116(3), pp. 211-237. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235984629_Revised_Chronostratigraphy_and_Biostratigraphy_of_the_John_Day_Formation_Turtle_Cove_and_Kimberly_Members_Oregon_with_Implications_for_Updated_Calibration_of_the_Arikareean_North_American_Land_Mammal_ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/L_Albright http://ucriverside.academia.edu/MichaelWoodburne Hunt Jr, R.M. and Stepleton, E., 2004. Geology and paleontology of the upper John Day beds, John Day River Valley, Oregon: lithostratigraphic and biochronologic revision in the Haystack Valley and Kimberly areas (Kimberly and Mt. Misery quadrangles). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, pp. 1-90. http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/450 Fremd, T.J., 2010. SVP Field Symposium 2010 John Day Basin Field Conference John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (and surrounding basin)Oregon, USA June 7 – 11, 2010 https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/handle/1794/12193 Yours, Paul H.
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