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  1. Met a very nice man this evening that finds a lot of fossils in his quest for arrowheads. He gave me this fantastic piece and well as some other nice things I’ll post later. I have several triobites and Ptychodus shark teeth and other stuff all have to me. He told me this Crinoid came from a creek in green county Alabama and that’s all the info I have on it. He said when he didn’t have anything else to do he would work on trying to reveal this a little each time.
  2. taking a rock (fossil?!) apart

    I have been watching Youtube videos about cleaning fossils and have learned quite a bit. Since I have SO many rocks in my yard I decided to kind of take one apart and learn about it. I originally thought this was some sort of coral/sponge fossil, but now I am not so sure. It has been thoroughly cleaned with vinegar and then I started removing what I think is the "matrix" with a dental pick. It's okay if I damage this - I am doing it so I can learn! I basically dug out any soft areas and have been surprised at what is emerging. In fact, I am not so sure it is a fossil at this point? Question: Will a fossil be damaged by scratching matrix out from around it? How can you tell what is matrix and what is fossil if you aren't completely sure what the fossil is? And I mostly have fossiliferous limestone, which is hard/impossible to remove all of the matrix from (this rock is not fossiliferous, but I have a lot of them laying around!)? All input appreciated! Thanks Ramona
  3. Stunning Alabama Coral

    I thought the pics of it were nice but now that it’s in my hand it is absolutely stunning. Acrocyathus sp. Tuscumbia Limestone Blount County Alabama, found in a cow pasture
  4. Random bones. Any ideas?

    I found these in a creek bed of the Eutaw Formation on the same day I found a mosasaur vert and wondering if they are related. Also curious about the small "bone". Thanks for your help!
  5. Is this Coral?

    This piece has caught my eye. All I know is that it was found in central alabama but no other details as of yet. This looks like coral, can someone put a name with it?
  6. Can someone help ID a few?

    Found these in the creek that I frequent and need an ID
  7. Need ID on vertebra

    Cretaceous, Eutaw Formation, Alabama.
  8. What is this?!

    I've got to stop picking up rocks when I take the dog out... I already have so many in the house that I need to clean and study more, but I went and did it again today. It looked interesting, but now I am baffled. I cleaned this just a little bit with a weak vinegar solution and then looked at it. I am used to seeing fenestellan bryozoan, so these little round things caught me off guard. Are they branches of the bryozoan fossils? I I do seem some fenestellan bryozoan elsewhere on the rock, I think, but these little things look like eggs or snails? Point me in a direction and I will go research - again?! Thanks so much for being patient with me and my neverending questions! Ramona
  9. Alabama Trackway

    Went back for the final piece today. After thinking about it all night I knew I wanted to add it to the collection. Thanks to @FossilsNS for his help. this is a another alabama coal mine fine but not the same as the ferns I posted. Beautiful trackway with all the little prints going across it. This is awesome since this was made by something that was alive 300 million years ago.
  10. I think I have completed my first full cleaning of a fossiliferous limestone rock. I will post a series of macro photos of the rock here and would welcome input. I am new at this (like I said, it is my FIRST full cleaning) so would appreciate input and suggestions. I first soaked the rock in a vinegar and water solution for a couple of days, taking it out every once in a while and brushing it with a soft bristled paint brush. I had ordered some essence of vinegar to have a stronger acid, so when that arrived I used a very small amount of it on the brush to continue cleaning the rock. I then placed it in a baking soda and water solution overnight, again brushing and rinsing it every once in a while. It seemed to have stop bubbling this morning, so I declared it "done", but would like thoughts on whether it looks completely cleaned or not. I mostly see fenestella bryozoan fossils in it, in different stages and at different angles, so please let me know what else, if anything, you see in this rock. The size of the rock is as follows: 5cm long, 3 cm wide, 2.5 cm tall and I found it in our yard in Huntsville, Alabama. I am posting a number of macro photographs of different areas of the rock and I may ask questions on some of them. Thanks for any and all input!
  11. Ferns + More Part Two

    This morning I went back to my new friends office to pick up a few more things I didn’t get last time. Very productive trip and I can’t thank Bill enough for sharing his finds with me.
  12. Ferns and More Ferns

    Little intro into why this find was important, when young we played and hunted in the old coal mine pits, I would shift through the slate and find fossils and throw them aside as then I didn’t care. Today I met a man who’s company owns mineral rights to all those places I used to go to. After he does his work he walks around the slate and picks up fossils. I bought a couple from him but then he started giving me a lot of them. I have this nice collection in hand now of ferns and different types of them. All this I remember from those days. i will have to post better pics of them later. he has two Huge plates I really wanted but he wouldn’t part with them. They actually had little footprints going across them. I been drooling over them ever since.
  13. Crinoid stem or segmented worm?

    This is not a fossil that I am familiar with, but I have done some research and it looks a bit like a crinoid stem? The segments seem fatter than the stems I saw online, but that was as close as I came... Could it be a bryozoan segment? I didn't see any of those online that matched it, either... Found in Huntsville, AL, where I usually find fossiliferous limestone with crinoids and fenestellen bryozoan fossils. Thanks! Ramona
  14. Fossils in quartz?

    I continue to be amazed at the plethora of fossils in our yard, so I tried an experiment. I raked up some rocks that were around a tree in our front yard and half filled a five gallon bucket with them. I figure that some of them were brought in as decorative rocks, but to test that theory I grabbed two from the top at random. I cleaned them with vinegar and water and then photographed them with my macro lens. They are at least a different type of rock than I am used to seeing (not all of these are different, but those two were). I mostly see limestone, but I will post photos of these in the comments. They look like quartz to me? Or are they a different type of limestone? And maybe I am imaging it, but I think I am seeing some crinoids and bryozoans in them? If no one else sees them I will circle what I THINK are fossils for further verification. Is it odd to find an area so rich in fossils? Or am I odd in that I am looking so closely for them, LOL? I guess since this area was once covered in water, it is likely "normal" to find bryozoans and crinoids everywhere I look, right? Thanks for all input! I learn so much here! (And I won't be surprised to hear that the following photos really ARE rocks that were likely brought in as decorative, LOL!) Ramona
  15. Ancient sea turtle fossil found in Alabama named new genus, species AlabamaCom, January 7, 2019 https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2020/01/ancient-sea-turtle-fossil-found-in-alabama-named-new-genus-species.html Gentry, A.D., Ebersole, J.A. and Kiernan, C.R., 2019. Asmodochelys parhami, a new fossil marine turtle from the Campanian Demopolis Chalk and the stratigraphic congruence of competing marine turtle phylogenies. Royal Society Open Science, 6(12), p.191950. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/abs/10.1098/rsos.191950 Yours, Paul H.
  16. New member, new find.

    Some family members have found what looks like some sort of dinosaur skin fossils. If anyone knows for sure that it is dinosaur skin please let me know. Also, if it is, let me know what dinosaur would it have been from. Found in a creek bed in northern Alabama.
  17. Two tiny rocks

    In my continuing adventure in our yard, I decided to scoop up a few tiny rocks today and examine them. This one was not much of a surprise. Am I correct in stating that it is a tiny bit of fenestella bryozoan? (measurements are in mm). Found in Huntsville, AL - I have found lots of fossiliferous limestone in our yard to date. It's the next one that puzzles me most... Thanks!| Ramona
  18. Help ID this fossil

    Found this interesting fossil in Covington Country, Alabama in a creek. The material around the fossils seem to be very brittle and the fossil itself looks to me like it might be related to sand dollars, but I don't know for sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  19. Wormholes? Or bryozoan tubes?

    It's me again! And I promise that this is NOT a piece of concrete! ;-) (Joke from previous post.) This is the bottom of a limestone rock that has a lot of bryozoan fossils in it, found in our yard in Huntsville, AL. Do the holes look like trace wormholes? Or could they be from the digestive systems of the fenestalla bryozoans? I can get a closer photo tomorrow, plus photos of the rest of the rock if that would help. I left this one in the yard, but I know where it is! Thanks! Ramona
  20. I haven't posted in a while, due to traveling and then starting a new job, but I find it hard to stay away from the rocks in our yard. We recently moved into a house (Huntsville, AL), where I soon discovered that we had a wooded area with a creek bed full of fossils. From what I have seen so far they are mostly common bryzoan, crinoid, etc fossils in what I have learned is fossiliferous limestone (mostly). I ventured out today and photographed some rocks, as there are simply WAY more than I can bring into the house to study. I am wondering about this rock... According to what I have learned here, it is likely limestone with fenestella bryzoan and crinoid fossils? Oh, and the hitchhiker looks like some sort of insect. LOL It's well camouflaged, so you might have to zoom in to see it. If I am correct on this identification, the thanks goes to you guys! Ramona
  21. I am risking the possibility of a huge embarrassment here, but I am wondering about this large rock. I at first assumed that it was a large chunk of concrete but then I started looking more closely. It is located in a creek bed with no other concrete around it. We have a massive amount of fossilifferous (sp?) limestone rocks in our yard, so I began reevaluating this one... I am not able to climb down to look at it closely, so this photo will have to suffice. Is this actually a chunk of concrete or is it a conglomerate rock with fossils in it? If it is concrete I will put my tail between my legs and slink off into the far distance. We live in Huntsville, AL. Thanks! Ramona
  22. I am trying to wrap my head around what these things looked like in "real life" so I can recognize them better. This is a limestone rock with what I think are fenestella bryozoan fossils, found in Huntsville, AL. Mississipian age. This photo is looking down at what I call the "top" of the rock. The next photo will be from the side, looking at the same area but from the "inside" of the rock. Can anyone point me to a site where I might find a diagram of these to better help me understand what they looked like? Thanks! Ramona
  23. This is my first post in the Fossil ID section - I am SO excited to find this resource! A have found a few very helpful folks in other places, but this group is a huge wealth of information! A bit of background - we moved into a house just outside of the city limits of Huntsville, AL, a couple of months ago. After finding a couple of fossils laying around in the yard, I decided to investigate the wooded area at the back of our property a bit more. Whoa!!! There is a creek bed on the property and the closer you walk to the creek the more rocks you have to walk over. Every single rock I picked up had some kind of fossil in it. The sides of the creek have rocks embedded in them, too. It seems like someone may have looked around a bit in the past (found a small pile of rocks) but many (MANY) of these rocks are in their natural state. Most of them, in fact. It seems overwhelming to me, but I have been delving into understanding the treasures I am finding. I don't understand all of the classification systems, but I found a place online that seems to indicate that we are in the Mississipian Age? The rocks which have been identified so far are all limestone, so I am assuming this one is limestone as well. The soil is VERY red (someone called it ochre red?) and some of it always remains on the rocks after I clean them. The fossils that have been identified so far are fenestella, bryzoan, crinoid. And I think the word fossiliferous was also used? I am a photographer by trade and macro photography is my FAVORITE, so I will post plenty of photos. This particular rock is a very small one compared to most of them. It is also harder than the other ones I have worked with - less "crumbly". The first couple of photos are of the top and the bottom of the rock, to get a general idea of the size and shape of it. The rest of the images are close ups of various areas. Any and all input is appreciated! Is it common to find an area like this where rocks such as this one are very abundant? From what I can tell these are all common fossils, but a great springboard for learning! Hints on how to clean and store the rocks appreciated, too, since there are so very many of them? Thanks!! Ramona
  24. ID this tooth from Alabama

    My youngest son found this tooth at Trussell's creek in Alabama a few years ago. It is about 17 mm long at the max. It is from Cretaceous deposits. What is it?
  25. The map offers maps and guide of the Moscow Landing K-Pg boundary site, Tombigbee River, Western Alabama Foster III, C., 2019. Geology of the Moscow Landing Section, Tombigbee River, Western Alabama, with Focus on Ichnologic Aspects of the Lower Paleocene Clayton Formation. Master’s thesis, Department of Geology, Auburn University. https://etd.auburn.edu/handle/10415/6748 https://etd.auburn.edu/bitstream/handle/10415/6748/Carleton.Barrett.Foster.III_Thesis_3.June.2019.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y Yours, Paul H.
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