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  1. Hunting at McFadden Beach

    I have hunted McFadden Beach many times. It's located on the Texas coast near the small town of High Island. Most of the it's easy collecting bones, teeth and if very lucky, even a paleo dart point. I can't put names to many of even the bones we find on the beach but my question isn't about the obvious bones, but about many of "something" we have found that has turned into what I believe is iron. Please get your opinions. Were these some kind of animal or plant or just funny looking rocks? First picture is what I'm asking your opinions about. Seems to me they turned into a form of iron. Have people hunting McFadden found anything like this? Then for the group, are this fossils and what are they? The second picture is the fossils most people find that hunt McFadden. Thanks everyone for your time.
  2. South Texas Petrified Wood

    Was recently driving through Live Oak County in South Texas when I picked up this piece of petrified wood. Not new to collecting but this is my first post. Please go easy on me. I am glad to find this site. Question: Can the type of wood be distinguished from the bark on this piece? The pattern looks so familiar to me but I can’t place it. It appears that the images are too large so I will post others in a reply to my message? Thanks in advance
  3. Howdy! Took a quick trip up to Dallas last week (kitten transport to two lucky families!) and I got a little fossil hunting in as well. The creek was Woodbine Form. Found this partial vertebra and was thinking it was mosasaur (FINALLY FOUND ONE! even if it is pretty banged up) but a friend says maybe not? Any thoughts? And also found this lovely little shark vert. Any way of telling what kind? (I think it's a shark vert, anyways. I might be wrong...lemme know!) Measurement in Inches
  4. Help with Intact Bone ID

    My friend found this in the Brazos River riverbed with low water, sand and gravel. Near Brookshire, Texas. Mostly Pleistocene fossils here. This was our first time to find an actual intact bone, so we were really excited. No clue what it is though. The only thing I could find that I thought looked similar were calcaneus bones. Any help is appreciated! Thanks, --Brandy
  5. Brazos River Vertebra ID?

    Location: Brazos Riverbed, near Brookshire, Texas Estimated Age: Pleistocene Matrix: Sand, low water, gravel I found this vertebra in the riverbed yesterday and could use help identifying it, if possible. I found this link, which made me think it was possibly a turtle vertebra, since it looks like the front is convex and the back is concave. It's a pretty large vertebra, so my turtle guess may be completely off, unless this is another hesperotestudo piece. Thanks for any help or suggestions! --Brandy
  6. Coenholectypus ovatus

    From the album Texas Echinoids, ERose

    Coenholectypus ovatus Whitney & Kellum Unit 6, Upper Member, Glen Rose Fm, Trinity Group Albian (Lower Cretaceous) Travis County, Texas USA
  7. From the album Texas Echinoids, ERose

    Coenholectypus ovatus Whitney & Kellum Unit 6, Upper Member, Glen Rose Fm, Trinity Group Albian (Lower Cretaceous) Travis County, Texas USA
  8. Heterosalenia sp. (undescribed)

    From the album Texas Echinoids, ERose

    Heterosalenia sp. (genus ascertained by JohnJ) Bottom of Unit 2, Lower Member, Glen Rose Formation, Trinity Group Albian (Lower Cretaceous) These odd little Salenids were first noticed by JohnJ many years ago. I was lucky enough to find another slightly larger specimen. This one was hiding in my collection amongst some more common species. These are now being studied and properly described by an actual paleontologist!
  9. Goniopygus whitneyi Smith & Rader

    From the album Texas Echinoids, ERose

    Goniopygus whitneyi Smith & Rader Unit 3, Upper Member, Glen Rose Formation Trinity Group, Albian (Lower Cretaceous) Comal County, Texas USA
  10. Leptosalenia texana

    From the album Texas Echinoids, ERose

    Leptosalenia texana (Credner) "Salenia texana" zone, top of Unit 2, Lower Member, Glen Rose Formation Trinity Group, Albian (Lower Cretaceous) Hays County, Texas USA
  11. Okay. I need some corroboration so I know I'm not losing my mind over here. I go to the Waco Pit pretty often because I live close by. When I was there yesterday, the office guy told me there's a collection limit of 2 specimens. I asked for a copy of the paperwork so I could have it and it did indeed state 2 pieces. When I was a kid, there was no limit. The last time I was there - last year some time with another person who agreed with my recollection - you were allowed 2 specimens from 5 different species, so a max total of 10 specimens. Then I saw a post here from only a few days ago saying that they were allowed 3 specimens last time they were there. Would someone PLEASE tell me I haven't lost my danged mind. Have the rules changed a lot, is it the Mandela Effect, or do they size you up when you walk in and decide how much they want to let you take? By the way, I ended up with a shark's tooth and a beautiful pyritized ammonite. It was a gorgeous day and so quiet and serene that I actually ended up sitting down and taking an almost-nap.
  12. Sea Urchin...Artifact?

    Hey Everyone, Found this the other day at NSR. This part of NSR is in Delta County, Tx. I was curious and thought it was an artifact as it was found in the same general area as the golodrina point, quarts crystal and pendant. Artifact website is intrigue but was wondering if it could be a urchin spine. Roughly 1.5" in length. Thoughts? Any input is appreciated. Planko
  13. Part Two of my Post Oak Creek matrix finds. A fossil friend sent me 5 gallon bags of gravel and I have been slowing making my way through (one and a half bags done so far!) and here are some of my best finds. The previous post (Part 1) were all teeth - shark and sawfish and fish etc... This post is ALL THE OTHER STUFF. Here is a link to the first post in case you want to see the TEETH. My favorites- Crab Claws! Two sides of two claws - Size 1/4 inch More claws and maybe a fragment of carapace? Size: Claws - 1/8 inch and fragment 1 inch Vertebras - So many little Verts! These are my favorites: Shark Verts (Mostly?) Not completely sure about Top Left one...anyone know? It's oddly square. It's also larger - 1/4 inch The rest are 1/8 inch Fish Verts Size 1/8 inch Some neat Dermal plates. Pretty sure Top Left and Bottom Right are Turtle. The others are maybe fish and shark.... Size Turtles are 1 inch and the others are 1/8 inch More Dermals - Size 1/16 inch Sawfish Rostrals Except Bottom left...not sure what that is. Perhaps a tooth? Size 1/16 inch Other various things: Top Left I think if a Pycnodont tooth, (1/8 inch) Top Right is maybe a Sclerorhynchus tooth or rostral? (1/4 inch) I really don't know! But it is interesting! These two are each 1/8 inch
  14. Brazos river scale/scute/bark???

    Hi everyone. Today I had this surface find on a Brazos River mound. Striated face looked like wood, but turned around and looked similar to bone(?). The cross section is whitish. [LxWxT] 1.250” x 0.500” x 0.125”. Could it be a scale/scute or actually wood? Thank you.
  15. Plethora of Beach fossils ;)

    Found in South Texas 1. 2. and 3. are the ones I need help on. I have a few ideas but my main specialty isnt vert bearing critters.
  16. I made a trade with a fellow Texas fossil hunter - sent him some Central Texas goodies for some North Texas Post Oak Creek gravel. I was hoping to get a gallon bag to look through in my microscope.....and he sent me FIVE gallon bags full of just scooped up out of the creek gravel! So far I've made it through ONE and a half of those bags! It may take me the rest of 2020 and right on through most of 2021! So I thought I'd post some of the good stuff I've found so far. Starting it off with THE TEETH. There were some larger teeth, nothing great, no ptychodus, which I was hoping for, but the mini finds have been outstanding. I have tried to ID them but if I am inaccurate in any of them , please let me know! Here is Part Two: The most common teeth: Goblin shark- Scapanorhynchus Size 1/2 inch (13 mm) My favorite - Squalicorax Size 1/4 inch (6 mm) Pretty sure these are all Cretolamna but I am not completely certain. I know the top left on is Cretolamna appendiculata. Size 1/4 inch (6 mm) And then there are the shark teeth that do not look like your "typical shark tooth"! These are Cantioscyllium (Nurse shark) Size 1/8 inch (3 mm) (Top row shows front and back of one and bottom row is front and back of another) Another pair of really interesting odd teeth Top Row: Kiestus texanus (front and side) Bottom Row: Rhinobatos lobatus (front and back) Size 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) Hybodont Meristodonoides Teeth and an Enchodus Fish tooth Size : Hybodonts 1/8 inch and Enchodus 1/4 inch Finally. lots and lots of Sawfish teeth! I am having a hard time distinguishing between Ptychotrygon and Texatrygon, so I just put them all together: Size 1/8 (3 mm) except bottom right red one which is 1/16 inch 1.5 mm) Other Teeth - I think the bottom left round one is a Pycnodont? Size 1/8 inch More to come! Crab Claws and Vertebras and other stuff!
  17. My fossil hunting came to a screeching halt in mid October when I got COVID. My lungs were already damaged (13 year lung cancer survivor, lost half a lung to a surgeon), and it really hit me hard. I was in ICU for eight days, and still have disabling shortness of breath a week and a half after getting out of the hospital. But I've been itching to get out, so I decided to make a trip to Lake Benbrook. I figured I wouldn't have to walk far from where I parked, so could manage some hunting. It was still too much for me, as it turned out. What should have been a five minute hike back up the hill to the van took me twenty minutes, as I had to keep stopping to catch my breath. I'm hoping my pulmonary rehab will improve things, but it's looking like it may take a while. Macrostrat showed Fort Worth Limestone and Duck Creek Formation, undivided where I was, but Kiamichi Formation was nearby too. I knew I wasn't up to any major chiseling, so just took photos of anything big I ran across. Here are some photos I took. I really liked how those oysters and bivalve stood out in that lower left photo.
  18. Costal vs. Scute vs. Osteoderm IDs

    Location: Brazos River, near Brookshire, TX Found: Gravel, sand, low water Estimated time: Pleistocene I've been searching through info on scutes, osteoderms, reptile fossils, and types of turtle shell and plastron parts because we seem to have a lot of those in our area, but I'm having a hard time telling the difference. These are my best guesses, and I'm hoping someone can educate me on the differences. FRAG 1--I think this is a large turtle/tortoise scute fragment, but I'm not sure how to tell the difference between neural, costal, central, etc. FRAG 2--I believe this is an osteoderm (because it looks like skin instead of part of a shell?), but I'm not sure the type. Maybe alligator? FRAG 3--My husband thought this may just be a rock, but I thought it looked like a fossilized shell plate of a turtle. It's relatively thin. We see a lot of these on the river. FRAG 4--This looked like another osteoderm to me because it has a similar texture on top to Frag2. But it's much thinner and the edges are more defined. Any info would be a big help! Thank you. --Brandy
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