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  1. AntWerpen

    Hey im new! Im going on a trip to Antwerpen soon and my goal is to find Megalodon teeth/shark teeth. BUT i dont know where in Antwerpen i should hunt. Can you guys give me a tip or something helpfull?

    Hello everybody I found this fossil yesterday the piece I also believe to be a paleolithic sculpture containing fish /bears etc i would be very grateful if any of you guys could verify this fossil for me the fossil measures approx 8cm best regards David
  3. Conus?

    Here we go, "buongiorno" (here is evening). I need your help againwhat's the specimen of this fossil shell? I know only that it belong to the "conus" group . Found in the same place of the other i've posted yesterday. Thanks for all Who will answer my question. Sorry if i ask easy id for simple shell, but i'm a newbie and i would learn as much as possible from you (the experts)
  4. Hi! I am just looking for some possible good fossil hunting sites anywhere in the South Florida area, preferably near Palm Beach County. I have never fossil hunted in this part of Florida. I have heard of a few lucky people on this forum who have found mammal material (i.e. Mammoth, Mastodon, Camel, Sloth e.t.c.). I will be staying at Eau Palm Beach for the week. I am looking for sites with these mammal fossils or just shark teeth and pleistocene shells. I'd also be willing to plan a group trip if there are any other members nearby! I am willing to drive any distance from Palm Beach to a good site. I hope to hear from you soon!
  5. Publication Request

    Hello all Does anyone have access to the following PDF? Klaus, James S.; Meeder, John F.; McNeill, Donald F.; Woodhead, Jon F.; Swart, Peter K. 2017. Expanded Florida reef development during the mid-Pliocene warm period. Global and Planetary Change, Volume 152, May 2017, Pages 27-37 Mike
  6. Blister Pearls

    I have never found pearls before so I am posting for confirmation. I have seen modern blister pearls at rock shows. Also wondering if these are fossil or modern day. The background for these finds is my wife had oysters locally and one had what we believe is a blister pearl. She seems to have an affinity for pearls as she has found 4 pearls (not blister)--2 in mussels and 2 in oysters. A few days later while walking the beach I found the large 1 1/2 inch pearl in a piece of quahog (Mercenaria) shell. Then I found other quahogs with interior coatings that differed from the normal shell. These had small raised bumps or "pimples". Then my wife found a cockel shell that had a small cluster of pearls. i wonder if these are possible Pliocene fossil pearls rather than recent? There are Miocene/Pliocene fossils shark teeth and fish material. Are these in fact blister pearls and how do I preserve them? Thanks for looking at these.First picture is modern oyster with blister pearl. Quahog blister pearl--fossil pearl?
  7. Hi all, So, as some of you already know, my trip to Florida is coming closer and closer I am indeed really looking forward to it! Well, I have some questions about the fossils there. Firstly, for the seashells found there (bivalves and gastropods), I know that many are fossil (mainly Miocene to Pleistocene). Well, I was wondering if perhaps there were any tricks or techniques to recognize fossil ones from modern ones. For example, for the Holland coasts bivalves, the fossil ones are usually thicker, dull, white/light grey in color, and they don't let any (or very little) light shine through. Well, I was wondering if there were similar tricks for the Florida seashells to find out whether a shell is fossil or not. Please do let me know how you do it! Oh, and one other quick question: are ALL the shells NOT found on the beach fossils? I know that in the Netherlands this is not the case (you can find shells several kilometers inland that are modern; they have been brought here by floods and storms), but was wondering if this was maybe different for Florida. And lastly, a quick question about the fossiling permits. Do I need to sign up for one (I will be collecting both invertebrate and vertebrate fossils, like shark teeth and dugong bones)? If yes, is one permit enough for the family, or does everyone need to apply for one individually? And how do I get them? So, recap: What are tricks/techniques for recognizing fossil seashells from modern ones? Are all the inland seashells fossilized? Do I need fossil hunting permits? Also, if there are any special laws that you think I should be aware of let me know too. Thanks in advance for your answers! Best regards, Max PS: just realized, this is actually more suitable for the Fossil Hunts thread... @Fossildude19 or another moderator, can you please move it? Thanks
  8. Hi all, I have been having trouble finding a good guide to use in order to ID fossil seashells (mainly gastropods and bivalves) of the Neogene-Quaternary of Western Europe (mainly Belgium/Netherlands). So, I'm turning to you guys: does anyone of you have a nice up-to-date website/online paper that I could use in order to help me ID all of my different seashells? Preferable with clear photos/drawings of the different species. Thanks in advance! Max
  9. Turritella alticostata

    A nice Turritella. Not uncommon at this site, but rarely in such good shape.
  10. Not a clue but interesting form. My first thought was a weather form ammonite fragment? Found near the Palo Duro Canyon in TX. The area in question includes the following formations. Tecovas Formation: Triassic Trujillo Formation: Triassic Ogallala Formation: Late Miocene to early Pliocene Any help or direction would be appreciated.
  11. Bostrycapulus aculeatus ponderosa

    A nice slipper shell. Not a common find, especially in good shape. Forum Member MikeR has made the following notes on this sub-species in his gallery." Cambell, in his 1994 paper listed all spiny slipper shells as one of two sub species of B. aculeata. The subspecies ponderosa is inflated and can be variable in the amount of spines as stacked individuals will remove the spines of the one below them. Being the lifestyle is different from the extant B. aculeata, sub species ponderosa could be a different species." I agree with Mike's assessment of this, this should possibly be considered it's own species.
  12. A little spot of heaven

    Hi all, This Saturday was a long awaited day. It was meant to already happen 3 weekends earlier, but due to many different annoying factors (bad weather, last-minute activities, etc) we only got to do it later... Luckily this gave me some more time to finish buidling my homemade sifter: When a good day finally opened up for the hunt, we got all the equipment ready and packed the car. We then set off to our 1 1/2 hour road trip from The Hague till our final destination: a pit in the region of Antwerp, Belgium (*). We stopped after an hour of car ride in the village of Stabroek, in the north of Flanders. We went to this cute little restaurant called "Taverne de Neus" (translation: "Tavern the Nose", curious name). There we ate the real Belgian meal: garnalenkroket (search it up) with fries (this is, contrary to popular belief, a Belgian invention, and NOT French!). After having a full belly for the fossil hunting, we went back on the road and arrived at our final destination. We parked our car, and just as we arrived, a young man (who works at the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam) and his mother were leaving the area. They told us that up in the pit there was a lovely couple searching there, and that they would be able to give us many tips for on our first hunt here. So we went there, and met them. Very generous, they told us exactly how to find what, and thanks to them we quickly found fossils on our own too! Shortly after a very nice French-speaking family, with two kids of about 6 and 8, arrived at the location too. It was only their second time here, and they too were happy to receive some advice from the more experienced couple. We had some great fossil-related talks all together, and I think we all learnt a lot from one another. Now back to the actual hunt: in the sand, it was easy to find many nice fossil seashells and some whale bone pieces, and with a bit of luck some small broken shark teeth. But the "real stuff" was found by sifting the thick dark-grey sand underneath the grass. We had to first dig a hole in the grass, until we encountered a harder and "crunchier" layer of sand. We had to take some of this, put it in the sifter and then shake. And Tadaa! Beautiful shark teeth! The thing was, our sifter was a hand-sifter. Therefore it takes up a lot more energy to sift, and it is done less efficiently. The couple that were there had a much more useful system: a sifter with a foot. It had a long foot underneath, stuck in the ground, which made shaking a lot easier, as the weight of the sifter didn't have to be carried. Also, as they could therefore afford a heavier sifter, they put two screens on each other. The first one only for bigger fossils, the second one to also keep the smaller ones. This made their job a lot easier. My sifter still worked just fine, and for a first one I think it's pretty decent! The couple, which were also very generous, were kind enough to give us some nice shark teeth too, in order to slightly broaden our haul. Here is the total haul: guess I can't complain for a first time!!! On the far right, whale bone pieces. The three small black things under them are bivalve and gastropod steinkerns. Beneath those (middle-right) you have two concretions with scallops. Then all along the left side you have fossil seashells. Species include: Glycymeris, Laevastarte, Astarte, Natica, Cardites, Cyclocardia, Turitella, Nassarius, etc. Those shells are likely from the Pliocene. And finally, the things that might have caught your eye the most: shark teeth! Species include: Carcharodon, Carcharhinus, Isurus, Carcharoides, Notorhynchus, etc. Those shark teeth are usually from the Miocene-Pliocene, but some are from the Eocene. Here are the teeth that I got from the couple (so not personal finds; still very happy to have them!): And here what are, in my opinion, the best personal finds: Necklace shell (Natica sp. ?)
  13. Chama congregata

    A very uncommon find. Especially without it crumbling in your hand upon touching.
  14. Diodora redimicula

    A very nice limpet shell. These are very fragile and are most often found broken.
  15. Strombus alatus Gastropod fossil.JPG

    From the album MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Strombus alatus Gastropod fossil Caloosahatchee Formation, Sarasota, Florida, USA TIME PERIOD: Pliocene Era (5.333 million to 2.58 million years) Strombus alatus, common name the "Florida fighting conch" is a species of medium-sized warm-water sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Strombidae, the true conchs. The shell can be as large as 112 millimetres (4.4 in). Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Gastropoda Order: Littorinimorpha Family: Strombidae Genus: Strombus Species: alatus
  16. Lucinoma contracta

    An uncommon find for this site, to be double valved and in good condition. This specimen has the added feature of a bore hole from a boring clam most likely.
  17. Giant rib or? Whale? vert from? and a tooth..

    Hello all. Haven't been on much for the past year or so. Went to an area I haven't seen since the last big rain and wind of last winter. New things have fallen. The large one I'm thinking is a giant rib? The biggest I have found to date. Or maybe something else? Then a much smaller vert than I usually find. all most likely from the same level. Now the tooth is a whole new thing for me. Camel? Just guessing. Looking like a grazing tooth. North East Simi Valley. Hard to say era due to fault zone etc. The barnacles are for fun!
  18. Cyclothone pygmaea, a bioluminescent bristlemouth, is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea.
  19. A bunch of different Glycymeris

    Hi all, So, here are a bunch of fossil bittersweet clams (Glycymeris) from different locations. So far they are all labeled as "Glycymeris" (which I'm pretty sure is correct). But I would really like to put a species name on each of them. Therefore I am reaching out to you all, because hopefully you will be able to help me sort this out! 1) Glycymeris from Westerschelde, Netherlands; from the late Pliocene (2.5 million years old). I'm thinking G. radiolyrata, but I'm not sure... 2) Glycymeris from Westerschelde, Netherlands; from the late Pliocene (2.5 million years old). G. obovata maybe? Or G. variabilis???
  20. Aporrhais scaldensis

    Shell preservation.
  21. Neptunea contraria

    Shell preservation
  22. Astrea rugosa

    Complete with operculum
  23. Help with identification please.

    My first guess was an ear bone but I cant find anything that looks like it. Then I stubled on this mollusk fossil from England called gisortia coombii. Here's the kicker im in Maryland. Found it in an early miocene area.
  24. Bird bone from Aurora, NC?

    I have been told this bone is avian, probably miocene but could be pliocene. The striations are perplexing to me. From Aurora, NC. Ruler scale is in cm. I'd like to know what family it may belong to if possible
  25. IMG_0034.JPG

    From the album Gastropods

    One big Polonicies lewesi. (spelling?) This big beaut was found at Scotia Sandstone Formation in Northern California and is Pliocene in age.