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  1. My first fossil

    Hi everyone! I'm new here and I found this in a freshly tilled cornfield in Northampton, Pennsylvania a few days ago. I have no experience, but am very excited to get some info on this and maybe start hunting and get a collection. Any idea of what the shells are or the approximate age? Thanks for any info!
  2. Shell fragments in matrix

    Hi. I recently went to Monmouth Beach near Long Branch. I was beachcombing and came across this piece on matrix. The reason I looked at it more closely was because I found a piece just like this and it had something that looked like a small shark tooth in it. When I looked closer at this piece, I found different shell fragments. There are usually no fossils found on this beach so I don't know what this is.
  3. Unknown Shell Fossils

    Hi there folks. I received these two fossil shells as a gift but they came with none information about its identity or origin. I was wondering if it is possible to have any information about them based only in these images. As a matter of fact, I'm not even sure they are real fossils because (to my completely newbie understanding) they don't feel "that fossilized". Hope someone can shed a light here. Thanks in advance,
  4. Shells

    This is one of the roadside rocks I picked up. I see what appears to be an oyster shell but, as for the other items I have no idea. I would appreciate any help you can give.
  5. Is this Turritella?

    I'm 90% sure these are turritella I collected. Maybe someone knows the species but I doubt it. If these are in fact turritella, let me know.
  6. Fossil or mineral

    Cheboygan Michigan they look like brains, I find them from baseball to basketball sizes. I broke one up with a sledge hammer, the center gets more dense. The out side seems to house shells?
  7. Missouri marine fossil ID

    Hello, Thanks to all for identifying my first of three 'mystery' fossil finds in Jackson County, Missouri. This second item keeps appearing in the chert used for landscaping at a building several decades old. As before I've been unable to identify it by photos on the internet for comparison. Any idea what they may be? I didn't want to break one in half and disturb the integrity of the piece. Thanks again.
  8. Shells?

    Hello, is there a special topic on this forum that identifies shells? I have a few that I would like to know the name and rarity of.
  9. Turitella? Age?

    Hi guys. A member of my club have these away. Can you tell me what they are and if they are fossils our modern day Shell's from the beach. I have no idea were they came from. Thank you
  10. On a class field trip for 3rd Block (3rd Period), we went to Freedom Park to measure slope, air temperature, soil temperature, etc. of the Northern & Southern sides/slopes of hills. In between the hill slants, there was a creek bed. Inside the creek bed, there are fossils that I just had to pick up some. I got this oyster and this other shell. It seems everywhere I go (someplace new in nature, or a field trip) I always find either a fossil shell or seashell or land shell. It's really weird, but cool, because mollusks are my favorite type of fossil. And fossils are my favorite study. I am somewhat surprised, still, when I find the shells and fossils, even though it happens every time. The white one I've never seen before, but it's hard to identify because it's broken. I wish I knew what it was...I've tried to figure it out. Actually....I have a guess. It's some kind of clam. It's a tongue shell! It's gotta be! These fossils I found in that creek. I thought it was an interesting story, so I wanted to share it.
  11. Park by my house in NE Ohio had a little rock fall and i had looked through what came down. Also i posted awhile back in fossil ID was told they were conulariid anyways I found another with these shell clusters http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/79582-i-dont-want-to-get-my-hopes-up-trilobite/&
  12. Hi. Here are some shells from our desert property. Also some burrows/worm tubes I think? There's a tiny shell inside one of the holes (pictured). .
  13. A number of unknowns

    I have a number of unknowns as well as a couple questions. Is Aurora, Yorktown formation or Pungo? What is the age of Aurora? The scale is a U.S quarter, about 1 inch or 2.54 cm Shells from aurora:
  14. Hey folks, I was wondering how you guys would approach something like this (or if samples like this are even worth your time!) There's so much going on I'm a little confused as to how and where to start. would you remove the gastropods individually, break the rock apart, sacrifice the broken ones in the search for more complete specimens, leave it as is? I went through the pinned messages and learned a lot, but was curious if anyone's come across similar types of rock and could give some insight. My goal is to hopefully find and extract some of the more complete specimens, and maybe discover some trilobites along the way! The plan was to chisel out as many surface fossils as possible, then strike the rocks with a sledge hammer to break up the pieces, give them a good hard scrubbing, then use my steel picks and chisels to poke around further however the resources provided to me by @FossilDAWG and @Kane (thanks again by the way!) described a number of rare, some now lost, trilobite specices from the same formation found in similar contexts alongside Ceratopea Canadensis, so maybe a lighter touch might be in order? I'm still a little scarred from the time I put a pickaxe right through an almost complete piece of 1st century terra sigillata once upon a dig </3 I'll definitely be looking into air pens/compressors (looking at you ME-9100) as well, but on my pay that's one of those 'somewhere down the line' sorts of purchases. If those are definitely the way to go however, I can always shelve these for that later day...they've been sitting around in a forest for this long, another few months wont hurt! I did notice while cleaning the sample below that there appeared to be two separate matrices, a softer one which I assume was the sand/silt and then the hard dark rock underneath. I've got a much bigger slab with a lot more going on, but I grabbed this little one to practice and learn on! My first target is that crystallized one which is slightly exposed on the top (bottom center of the picture on the right) followed by whatever that is beside it and that mussel looking fellow.
  15. Ottawa Marine Fossils

    Hey folks! It took some time but I've finally gotten around to uploading some pictures from my recent fossil ""hunt"! The quotations are there because the directions I left for myself from a prior trip included such extremely helpful tips as "left at the spooky demon tree". Turns out when you're a chicken a lot of trees look like spooky demons >.> It was definitely more of a sad confused wander than a full on hunt...but I digress. While I wasn't able to find the exact spot from before, I found an area with similar geological features, and after digging up about half a foot of loam around a small outcropping was rewarded with numerous individual rocks with all sorts of...things...all over them. I grabbed one giant 40lb chunk and a smaller one to play with and poke at to practice techniques. The smaller piece is on the bottom. Both samples were taken within feet of each other in a public forest just outside Ottawa, Ontario. The smaller piece I put in a bowl of water and gave a good scrub down with a toothbrush (brings me back to my field school days >.>) The surface and reverse of both are shown and I can provide more detailed pictures if necessary! I thought the crystallized shell things were pretty cool, there were quite a few more out there, but I'm completely unsure of what I'm looking at or if there was a way to extract them safely. I'm most curious as to what the circular things that litter the rocks are, but there seems to be a variety of other shells and tubey wormy things in there as well. Is there some sort of resource or database I could refer to for fossils from this particular time period/area? I'd feel bad constantly asking 'whats that!?" Anything neat here worth poking at with some of my archaeological pokers or have I found myself some very interesting garden rocks!

    Are left handed whelks rarer than right handed?
  17. I got this at an estate sale years ago and was wondering if it is real or fake? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks
  18. Thrift store finds

    While travelling in British columbia I picked up a couple of fossils, one has something like a fish or strange leaf on it with tiny little oval shapes and shells. Whatever was the focal point of thus fossil appears to have been damaged. I am very interested in what the small oval shapes are as there are many of them and they are on both sides and visible in the cross-section of the stone. If I wet the ovals I may be able to get a better contrast picture. The other is possibly a fossilized sea sponge. Although there is no surrounding stone, The Pink piece seems way too heavy for its size and I was able to match it somewhat to a piece someone found in florida but they were unsure as to what it was. The seller has had it for about 40 years apparently as it has belonged to her mother. Neither seller had any information on them. Also got two pieces of fossilized wood, working on cleaning them up
  19. Scallop Hash Plate

    From the album OBX

    Agropecten gibbous hash plate Pleistocene Found washed ashore at Avon Pier, Hatteras Island, North Carolina
  20. Outer Banks Treasures

    My hubby and I went to Hatteras Island, North Carolina this past week for some fun in the wind. But, I just can't go to the beach without beachcombing. Most of the beaches I visited were rather slim pickings for even decent modern shells. I finally did a Google search for the best shelling beaches on the Outer Banks and came up with a few beaches spread across the archipelago. The south side of Cape Hatteras was one of the best and quite close to where we were staying, so off I went. Wow. Colorful, unbroken shells lay thick on the tide lines and scattered across a wide, sandy plain. Here and there, blocks of sandstone (broken off the Pleistocene shelf that holds up the islands) were scattered. The surfaces exposed to the wind were sandblasted to expose the shells inside. Most of the shells retained their original colors. My suspicion is that they were buried while deep enough under water that they didn't have an opportunity to fade. The result is that the fossils - almost all extant species - were only distinguishable from their modern descendants by the clinging matrix. Fossil corals were also scattered sparsely across the sand. These are a bit easier to recognize as fossils as the closest coral reefs to Cape Hatteras are some 75 miles off shore. You can see more finds from this trip here:
  21. Hi everyone ! I'm here as u know to show u my Personal finds which are now also in my collection.All of the fossils belongs to Miocene epoch (14,5myo) and they're found in Marl stone Quarry in Popovac,Serbia.Here u can see almost whole fish fossil,just without the head and the tail.I hope soon to find one whole . Except that fish,you can also see many fish remains,snail,lake clams,leaf,Equisetum part i think also...And one tinny bone,i honestly don't think that's from a fish tho.I hope u will enjoy Pozdrav, Darko
  22. Sunset Colors

    From the album OBX

    It's hard to say just how much of the shells littering the beach at Cape Hatteras are really modern. These few are embedded in sandstone that makes up the Pleistocene shelf holding up the barrier islands. Their colors are more vibrant than some of the shells from animals that just died, and they are the same species, by and large, that live in the water here today.
  23. A few pictures of items already on my computer at work (oops!) As always, I would love to know anything and everything you can share about what they are- Thank you! (Fascinating oyster cluster)
  24. Banjaard beach hunt

    Hi everyone, Last month, as I stayed a weekend at my grandparent's house, we decided to go to the Banjaard beach for some fossil hunting. I had asked Bram Langeveld (Natuurhistorisch Rotterdam) and Ronald Pouwer (Naturalis) which one of the "Zeeuwse stranden" (beaches of Zeeland, a province in the south-west Netherlands) was currently the best to hunt at. Both said that they were hearing some good stuff about the Banjaard beach recently, which has mainly Pleistocene fossils (including Eemian shells). Seeing that I can also find Eemian shells and other Pleistocene stuff at the Zandmotor, my usual hunting spot, I was a little reluctant at first, but still ended up going there. Good thing I did, because it was a rather successful hunt! The weather was really nice, bright blue skies and fresh (but not cold) temperatures.