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  1. Hi Everyone, I’ve been living down in Texas with my family instead of my usual location in Missouri, and had a free day to go to the North Sulfur River (NSR). I had no idea my family lived so close to such a fun location to fossil hunt. I had a great time and have been trying to find the identity of a few of the fossils I found. I know identification posts are generally individually done, but since they were all found at the same location I decided to group them into one post. Hope that's not too against forum rules. Anyway, I’d love y'alls thoughts on what they might be! All the following were found in the North Sulfur River – Ozan formation. Number 1: This seems to me to be a jaw bone, but beyond that I'm unsure. Two possible growth teeth. What do you think? Number two: Are these bacculites end pieces? Number 3: I saw in another post these were identified as mammoth enamel. Think that is what they are or just something geological? I have a few more I'll include in a following post...
  2. Mini Mosasaur collection

    From the album Marine reptiles and mammals

    A little collection of assorted mosasaur fossils from 2 different places that I got when I first started collecting. 2 different types of vertebrae, one is mosasaur, and the other is a questionable claim of mosasaur, a corprolite that was claimed to be that of a mosasaur, a tooth, & 7 rib fragments. 2 ribs have predation marks, as well as the large vertebra. The large vert has a round tooth indent on the very center. The 2nd rib down has tooth scratches along the surfaces, & 3rd rib down has a round tooth indent in the center, which is probably what caused a strip across the middle to break off. There are 2 other tooth marks on that rib as well, forming a diagonal line from above left of the center indent, breaking off a piece along the top, to below right.
  3. Xiphactinus vertebrae

    From the album Sharks and fish

    Xiphactinus Audax vertebrae NorthEast texas Ozan Formation--Taylor shale upper cretaceous
  4. Needing an ID on this NSR Tooth

    I found this tooth down in the North Sulphur River, Texas. I need verification of the ID on this one. Any ideas? Thank you in advance!!
  5. My Large Find on the NSR

    So I have not posted in quite some time as I mostly do the Facebook updates because it is so easy to deal with the photos, but I thought I should get this one in now that I think it is over. I went on a hunt around the middle of January that turned out pretty well. I had walked a good ways and had found nothing which can quickly put me in a bad funk, but I finally came across a mosasaur vert encrusted in matrix, so my disposition changed a little. Always nice to find something to get rid of the skunk (sorry, fishing term). Not too far from the exit point, I just happened to glance across and my eye settled directly on a mosasaur tooth socket. I knew exactly what it was when I spotted it from over 15 feet away. I went straight away to collect what was a small section of jaw with a couple of broken off teeth (pretty typical of the NSR). When I reached down to pick it up, I realized that there was another piece of the jaw and that it would connect with the piece I was retrieving. Score! Now a nice 6 or 8 inches of jaw would look better all glued up, but then I gained a little more focus and realized that what I thought were rocks, were the edges of more bones, and more important was that the fact that the other bones were in the shale and not sitting on top! I gathered myself and beat away the excitement as I knew that I had just found the resting place of a mosasaur. It was getting dark and there was rain in the forecast, so I figured that I would pull out the few pieces that would get washed away. When I went for the first vert, I had totally missed that there was a visible tooth half way in the matrix. I scratched a couple of times near there and that is when it hit me! That jaw bone was going into the ground and there should be more of it! I have a long story about a hike out as I was not prepared for such that I will spare you from, but I had finally found some jaws with teeth whether I would destroy them getting out of there or not. There is more to this story, but I wanted to at least share what got me so excited and the reason I spend hours wandering around in the middle of nowhere.
  6. Tylosaurus proriger tooth

    From the album Reptiles

    Tylosaurus proriger Found in the North Sulphur River, Ozan Formation Dated Campanian Stage of Cretaceous (≈80 mya) Measures 4.4 cm (1.7 inches)
  7. Possible Mos tooth - NSR

    Hi, Assuming this is a mosasaur tooth. I found it on the North Sulphur River. I haven’t seen a mos tooth with such a wicked curve so it had me wondering if it might belong to something else. Thanks!
  8. NSR shell -

    Hello all! Happy Georgious December! (almost 80 today!) Anyway, I got a rare day away the day after Thanksgiving and took my oldest back to the Ladonia Fossil Park on the North Sulphur River. We normally hunt upstream of the 2990 bridge, but thought we'd slow the pace down and get into the gravel. We knew we hadn't had any recent rains to clear out all the shale clasts that have filled the river bottom for the last several months. While much of the "Mush" has either dried and crumbled, or washed away, there is still a lot of it covering the ground. We found very few actual gravel deposits around the park except where exposed by hundreds of boot prints. We did find a few various shark teeth, a broken mosasaur tooth fragment, some Mastodon tooth enamel, - the normal finds around there. We noticed a family leaving and they had been digging around the bank where the gray clay/silt turns to a tan color - well above the Red Phosphate layer. One piece they had dislodged looked interesting and as we moved it, it broke open to reveal the fossil below. I've found fragments of this before upstream of the 2990 bridge, but never this much of it. I got a couple of pics right away, since this material starts to dry, shrink, and crack pretty quickly. We then wrapped each in plastic and soft cotton to transport back. However, the side of the fossil with the shell turned to dust and disintegrated. The shell is paper thin (like some of the larger white baculite shells) and is only the surface shown (meaning it doesn't curve around in the matrix and finish on another side. It's just this surface. One side has raised bumps and the other pentagonal depressions in the cast. First glance is the shape of a paddle (like turtle), but a) it's a shell coating - and b.) it has no bones. It's purely shell. It doesn't extend further into the matrix block. I'm good on most things Sulphur River, but this has been a mystery every time I've found it. Thoughts? Texas, North Sulphur River Ladonia Fossil Park Ozan Formation
  9. Ozan bone/skull piece

    I have had this fossil from the Ozan formation (upper cretaceous) found in Mesquite, Texas for a while. It has always just been an unidentified bone piece to me, but a fossil buddy said that I should show it around. He felt that it had some features similar to a skull piece. Note the symmetrical holes/indentions noted by the arrows. Any ideas as to what it could be? The scale marks are 1mm, so it is approximately 0.5" by 0.75". Thanks
  10. North Sulphur River fossils

    Another trip to north sulphur river and few more mysteries....Thanks in advance. 1. fish vert? 2. fish vert? (concave on both sides) 3. Stratodus jaw fragment? (1 1/4 inch) 4. coprolite or geo? 5. mystery bone with what appears to be tooth marks?
  11. Went to North Sulphur River at Ladonia TX yesterday, found couple fossils need help ID. Thanks in advance. Got chased by flush flood twice. When fossil hunting after heavy rain please be extra careful. 1. mosasaur bone? not sure if there is enough to tell more. 2. claw? 3. fish tooth? 4. mosasaur bone? size: 1 1/2 in. x 1 in. 5. tooth maybe? 6. fish tooth? one side is more round, the other side is close to flat. 7. fish tooth? sharp edges on both side. 8. some kind of clam?
  12. Hi all, Want to share something I saw on a creek bank. Are these foot prints or just natural formations? I think the bottom part is Austin Chalk, the darker, sandier top is Ozan? Which where "foot prints" were found.
  13. NSR Vert

    North Sulphur River Texas mystery vert. It could be Pleistocene or Cretaceous. No doubt it's fossilized. Both ends are concave.
  14. Long NSR Hike!

    Long hike at NSR. I did manage to find my first turtle vert and Stratodus palatine bone. I love the colors on the little Mosasaur tail vert. It was a beautiful day and animals were on the move. More pics.
  15. Tylosaur Tooth Socket

  16. Coprolite

  17. Double Fish Vert

  18. Killer NSR Texas Hunt

    8 mile NSR hike trying to get past all the footprints. I had a great day. I found a nice variety of Pleistocene and Cretaceous fossils and all kinds of artifacts. I really like the partial Mosasaur / Pleisosaur scapula with shark feeding marks. The Mastodon tooth enamel has some great color. The Ammonite septum that size is pretty rare for NSR. 2 Mosasaur teeth in one day always makes my day.
  19. NSR 10 Mile Hike

    Long 10 mile hike at NSR and some meager finds. The weather was beautiful so I didn't mind. I found lots of Pleistocene tooth enamel. This particular area of NSR I seem to find more Pleistocene material and points than Cretaceous material.
  20. NSR Texas Mosasaur Teeth

    Mosasaur teeth. All personal finds. North Sulphur River Texas.
  21. Mosasaur Vets

  22. Mosasaur Tooth

  23. North Sulphur River Texas was pretty picked over but I managed to find a nice variety. I found Mosasaur, Cretaceous Turtle, Ammonite, Enchodus / Shark Teeth, Ice Age Tooth, Rudists, Mastodon Tooth Enamel and one artifact in the creek. NSR needs a good rain.
  24. The North Sulphur River is muddy and has not had a good flow in months but I decided to try it anyway. I found a few items and a really cool turtle back native american scraper. I walked a really long ways. lol