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  1. I made a drive to explore a new creek in Hill County Friday morning. It ended up being some of the toughest hiking in a creek bottom I've done. This is another Eagle Ford outcrop, and in satellite photos, the blue-gray shale went from the sides of the creek walls all the way to the bottom of the creek bed, just like the Ellis County creek I visited last week. In real life on Friday, the creek bed was full of mud, and it covered much of the lower walls of the creek too. I've never seen such a difference in a reasonably recent satellite photo and actual appearance. To make matters worse, it rained Thursday. I didn't think the showers had reached that far west, but I was mistaken. It didn't raise the water too much, but it made the creek bottom a muddy mess. I've never before gotten this muddy hiking a creek, and it really wore me down, sloggin through that. With the mud that high, there was no finding any fossiliferous layers of matrix anywhere in the creek walls, but there were plenty of broken pieces of it, along with shale pieces, in the bottom of the creek. So, I spent my time looking for individual fossils on the gravel bars (more like mud bars). But the rain had turned the shale really dark, and that along with the dark brown mud, made spotting fossils really tough. I picked up lots of likely looking pieces of matrix too, and I did find a few things. Here are the only teeth I found that weren't seriously encased in matrix. I really should stop picking up modern bison teeth, but can never seem to resist them.
  2. Pterosaur Finger Bone?

    I've been doing a lot of exploration in the Grayson Formation (Lower Cretaceous) exposures south of Waco lately, and so last week I was doing some hunting on a nice marly slope in the South Bosque River. I picked up lots of pyritized heteromorph ammonites and some turritella, but what really caught my eye was this tiny piece of fossilized bone. I know that vertebrate material can be found in the Grayson - I've even found some nice Cretolamna and Ptychodus teeth myself - but this doesn't seem to be fish or shark. The walls of the inner cavity are extremely thin when you look at the cross section where it is broken which is what's leading me in the pterosaur direction. Maybe a metatarsal? Or a fragment of a larger bone from a much smaller species? Any help would be appreciated.
  3. What is this thingy?

    Found it in a park by a creek inside a little cave. It's all black, feels rather light and has a strange texture.
  4. Excited to have found this little gem in the Post Oak Creek matrix. Question is.....Claw or Jaw? I have found some crustacean claws and while similar, the oblong indents are making me question. It looks very much like some of the Permian amphibian jaws. But that's really odd. So please, help me out! Jaw or Claw? Thanks for any info!! A couple of crab claws (that I am 99% sure of at least) from the same matrix. Has kind of similar texture, but different color. A Permian Amphibian jaw for comparison:
  5. Hey everyone, The Paleontological Society of Austin holds meetings once a month and always on the third Tuesday. Those meetings have always been open to the public. Now that we are doing them virtually via Zoom I would like to invite the members of the Fossil Forum as well. The meeting starts at 7pm CDT and we usually have a lecture for the first hour (often interesting) and then a short club business meeting (boring for guests). I am actually going to be the speaker tomorrow. Although I am by no means an expert on fossil crustaceans, I am presenting a review of what species are currently described from the Glen Rose and Walnut Formations (Albian) of Central Texas. I'll review the current literature, described species and show examples of what I have managed to collect myself (or with the help of others) over the last 15 years. I'll also have images of a handful of "unknowns" that maybe some of you other Texas collectors have encountered. We'll follow the presentation with a Q&A session as best I can. Here is a link to our newsletters and the meeting info is included in the September Volume. https://austinpaleo.org/newsletter.html Hope to see some of you there tomorrow evening. Erich Rose President, Paleontological Society of Austin
  6. Hello all! I got some fun Post Oak Creek Matrix and am finding all kinds of odd things!! I am not too familiar with the stuff that comes out of POC aside from the shark teeth and crabby stuff (found a couple of nice claws!) so these things have me wondering what they are! Any help is appreciated! 1.First is this little thing: 4 mm 2. Then this weird thing 6 mm (the backside makes me think denticle but the front.....I don't know) 3. Have found quite a few of these - .I think they are some kind of dermal plates? All are aprox 3 mm 4. Another type of dermal plate? 4 mm 5. Perhaps a worn fragment of a vertebra? 4 mm But it is not the same color or texture as any of the other verts I've found in the matrix; 6 An odd bone bit. It has a concave circle on the small end. Perhaps a tail vert? 5 mm 7. Is this perhaps a plesiosar tooth fragment? 4 mm 8. And finally, not sure what tooth this might be. It's curved, but not rounded. It has ridges unlike a shark tooth blade, but is flat like a shark tooth blade. 6mm
  7. Nautaloid?

    Howdy folks, Last weekend I returned to a place in Texas that I have collected marine fossils at previously. The owners of this area have specifically asked that I not share any details on the location, but it’s a bit of an anomaly as it appears to have a number of fossil bearing matrix including sandstone, shale, limestone, and the thickest mud I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t match any of the USGS data either. I found a number of things there that I would like to preset, but the main one is this: The little plates that make up this stone form a spiral and they shine like opal / ammolite. This tear drop shape is something I’m familiar with as I have another one, smaller, that also shines, as well as chert nodules of the exact same shape that I suspect are related. Here are a few other things I collected at this location: this piece of limestone is rather large, about 20lbs, and it’s filled with things I’m not even remotely qualified to ID. It deserves its own post which at some point I’ll get around to. I collected this at the same location years ago. I think it’s an orthocone or pseudo-orthocone nautaloid. Well, half of one at least. Not sure really, but it also deserves its own post.
  8. Mammoth skull

    Good morning, I walked by this while servicing my truck at a dealership. I thought it didn’t look modern, but could be wrong. If it is an ice age fossil I was planning to purchase this to prevent anymore sun damage. Thanks
  9. I have been wanting to make it back to the Ellis County creek where I found so many teeth, but by the time I could do it, it had rained enough to raise the creek quite a bit. The water level has just now dropped again. I was working near Ellis County this morning, and when I finished very early, it seemed the perfect time to go back. Rain is forecast for this evening and the next couple of days that will likely bring the creek up again. Below is what I found that was either loose, or easily removed from matrix.
  10. Hey everyone. Yesterday while out on the NSR. I found several new items. I have been able to identify most. I do have two waiting for help in the ID section. But, lets get to why I am here. I found a Pachydiscus (P.) paulsoni piece with a piece of black material sticking out of it. This material seems to "puncture" the ammonite. I am delicately cleaning it right now and hope to have some pictures soon. Of course my thought was a broken piece of a tooth. Could it be a tooth? Or, something other that was burrowing into the ammonite upon its death or after?
  11. All were found NSR today. I am really guessing on both. I am going turtle pleural bone just from the pictures I have seen. Other than a really small mosasaur I am clueless on the verts.
  12. Hi all! I've always found fossils to be quite interesting but never took the time to really get into them so I'm useless at identifying them. Well, recently I went to Galveston beach and found this item washed up after a storm. It's small (about 2cm across) and feels rather fragile/thin. I've never seen anything like it besides an ammonite but then those are always cast in rock, I believe, and this feels just like a fragile shell that I could probably crush if I accidentally stood on it. This may just be some sort of strange shell, but some googling hasn't led me to anything other than the ammonite. Is this a fossil at all? If so, what type? I appreciate you taking your time to help out a curious mind! - Mia
  13. While I have been out fossil hunting a bit in the Texas Summertime heat I am still having great fun with the Micro Matrix- it sure is pleasant to sit in the AC and poke about for fossils! I had some great little finds in the Mineral Wells matrix, but i am just amazed by the Bridgeport matrix. Even though it's still Pennsylvanian, it's very different from the MIneral Wells stuff! Different formations and all..... What's really neat about the Bridgeport matrix is firstly - it's bigger, typically. and secondly...it's COLORFUL! Reds and golds and purply browns and oranges. It's really lovely stuff!! Here are some of my favorites from the Jasper Creek formation. : First the Echinoid bits - I love these little "cat ghost" plates. 2 mm Most of the spines were incomplete, but I found a nice base and a nice spine, just not all one piece 7mm base and 1 cm spine A funky Echinoid plate 7 mm So many neat Crinoid fragements - arms, cup fragements, columnals, etc! All of these are aprox 5-8 mm except the first one which is a honking 1.5 cm. ) And this crazy crinoid spine that was broken and was regenerating before it died...hence the "dimple" on the end. Thanks fellow Forum Members for helping with that ID! 1 cm Love this crinoid column...I think it's my favorite. It's so Art Deco.....about 3 million years early. 1 cm Some other nice/ interesting finds Neospirifer Brachiopod 5 mm Not sure what this is...I assume a brachiopod. 5 mm Colorful Bryzoans 4 mm Bryzoan on a Crinoid 8 mm Girtycoelia sponges Each are aprox 5-8 mm Gastropods: Pseudozygopleura 4mm Possilbly a Phymataopleura? Not sure of ID 5 mm Possibly Goniasma? 5mm And then there's this thing......a bryzoan encrusting a sponge! 1 cm
  14. Another bone from the Brazos River

    My boss was at it again and he and his wife found another collection of bone, teeth,fossilized wood, and turtle shell along the banks of the Brazos River, TX. Attached a few pictures and I have it at my desk currently so would be happy to take more/or better shots. Portion had broken off (that's why he gave it to me yay!) which I might try and reattach. I've seen some similar on the site, but
  15. Mammal tooth

    I think this is a premolar. I’m thinking camel, but maybe bison?
  16. Bone fragment?

    Found this today in Goliad texas, exploring a river. Appears to be a bone? Or a tooth? Any help appreciated!
  17. Work has been interfering with both my cycling and fossil hunting time lately. I managed a day off today and started the day with a 30 mile bike ride. But there's a creek in Ellis County I've been wanting to hunt, and I really wanted to get my first look at it while the water is low. With Hurricane Laura bearing down on the coast, I decided to make that hunting trip today, not being at all sure how much longer the water will be this low. It's an Eagle Ford outcrop I went to in this creek. With my late start, it was 11:00 before my hike down the creek got me to the outcrop. I left at 2:00, so only had three hours for my first time exploring it. The temperature was in the 90's and the humidity was high, so it was definitely stifling hot. It did cloud up at times, and actually rained for a few minutes. But it was mostly just sunny and hot. The outcrop is the typical blue-gray clay you find with Eagle Ford.
  18. I just "inherited" a lovely shelf that my Dad built in 1962. It had been at my Aunts and she is downsizing.....so I got it! It was a "lovely" green that my grandmother thought was the best color ever (we have at least three pieces of furniture painted that verdigris green, including one we affectionately call the Hunkajunk. My dad is still a hobby woodworker, though now he mostly does carvings of boat paddles, spoons and other smaller things. He opted out of the furniture biz a long time ago! I was contemplating getting some bookshelves for just such a display upgrade, so this was a timely thing! I managed to consolidate at least most of my collection (there are two other "spots" in the house not to mention the outdoors but hey it's MOSTLY all together) Anyways, I think it looks pretty good in my dining room. Mostly Texas Cretaceous, with a few other things from travels to Florida, England and Utah and some trades with other Forum members and the only two fossils that were purchased - the fish from Green River (a gift from my Mom and Dad) and the Brittlestar from Germany. (Copper Trilobite and Pearl Horse artwork is by me)
  19. Bone? ID?

    My friend and I found this by Lake Somerville in SE Texas. My untrained eye thinks it looks like bone, definitely mineralized, but we have petrified wood in this area as well, which I am used to looking like everything under the sun. Bone? Any guesses what from if so? Thanks in advance, Brian
  20. Why I like the NSR..

    Yesterday started like most Saturday's now. Got up, had some coffee, headed to Buc-Ee's and was at the NSR close to sunrise. My plan was to go to an area that I normally cannot get to when the water is up. I don't do the canoeing thing. There was another fossil hunter there that early which is unusual. I normally see others but it is later in the morning. I grabbed my back pack and 2 lbs sledge. Then I headed out with the sun still behind them morning clouds. I get to the location, as with most NSR locations, it has been hunted quite a bit lately. I have hunted this same out stretch 4 times prior in the last three weeks. I am not talking about a very large area. Probably half an acre. Doesn't talk long to just walk it but there are bushes now, it has rocks piled up pretty high. You do have to get on yur hand and knees sometimes. Move some decent size rocks. Actually got really lucky and didn't have to bust open 100 rocks to find stuff. Everything was in the open or someone, or the river, had busted them open for me. Some of my finds from yesterday. Trigonia sp. with calcite is the largest I have found at 5in x 4in x 3.5in. I also do not normally keep the exogyra ponderosa but this one was rather large and had an attached bottom valve in pretty good shape. Weird brain looking rock. Small clams in calcite. Not sure about the other interesting looking rock. Here are some pics.
  21. Belemnites?

    Hello everyone. Picked this group of what I believe are belemnites while hunting in the NSR. There are a lot of belemnites castings within the NSR. Mainly small pieces of black or red. Blacks are much more common. Then, like the NSR seems to do, you get something like this that makes me have to come here and bug you folks. All I have done is brushed it with water and a toothbrush. It was found near the Ben Franklin bridge. Here are the questions. Is it a group of belemnites? What species if possible? Do they have the actual shell? By the way the "shell" has almost a coffee sheen to it when wet.
  22. Found this need help please

    Found this in my neighborhood, I live in Dallas Texas USA. As far as geological history when I research the area it mentions most fossils found in Dallas Texas from the cretaceous period. It is small and looks like a piece of something but have no idea so now I’m here... any information would be helpful thanks. Length wise it’s 7.5 cm, width is 5.5 cm, and height is about 3 cm and the other is slanted so thing less than half of one cm.
  23. Texas Trip to Laredo

    Greetings Guy/gals! I'm making a short trip to Laredo Texas next month. Do any of you know if there's many fossils in that area. I will have a full day to poke around. I'm told that it's hill country, with many old washout creek beds. Any thoughts would be great. I'm a bit new to fossil hunting, so just thinking ahead. Thanks in advance, Joe
  24. Don"t have a clue what it is

    Last hunting trip, something was found that in Many years of hunting I have never encountered. Any thoughts as to what it might be ?? Another question, do you think my old and trusted footwear has reached their limit ??
  25. Jobsite Find

    Good afternoon to all. A colleague and I were doing some exploring in a creek bottom on our jobsite located in Fannin County, Texas. The creek we were walking in drains into the North Sulphur River. As we were walking we noticed a large bone sticking out of the creek bank. We decided to grab a couple of shovels and do a little more excavating. We came across multiple bones. As you may see in one of the pictures, we had to do a little digging in order to reach much of the bones, they definitely weren't just lying in the creek bank. I will upload more pictures with measurements. I kinda want to gauge if we stumbled across actual fossils, and if so we were hoping for some sort of inclination of what we may have found. The coordinates for the find are 33.4122,-96.0804. We were at least 15 feet below the grade of the jobsite in the creek.