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  1. Tooth id

    Found these 2 teeth the smaller one in dauphin island, Alabama, and the bigger one on Holly beach in Louisiana. I think the smaller one is chipped, the bigger one just doesn't have a root... I've had the bigger one for about a year i think and just found the smaller one. I have researched forever hope I can get suggestions from y'all
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  3. Fish Spine or Jaw bone Maybe?

    I have found several of these fossils over the last few months and would love some help identifying them. Most are small, less than 1 inch long and difficult for me to photograph with any real detail. But the last one I found is much larger by comparison. It's just a fragment but it's about an inch and a half long and 1/2 inch wide. They all taper from one end to the other and they all have raised bumps down one edge and a deep groove along the other edge. The flat sides are textured. They were all found in a creek in Southwest Alabama, US alongside Eocene shark, ray and sawfish teeth. Suggestions so far include silurid spine, stingray barb, fish jawbone, and a piece of Noah's Ark. I have not been able to find matching examples of any of them. Any other ideas, or pictures to confirm one of the previous suggestions? I posted some videos I shot if that helps. Not sure if it's permissible to link to them here so apologies if not... Thanks!
  4. My son pulled this bone out of a creek in Montgomery, AL yesterday. The creek is full of Cretaceous fossils. It is very heavy and dense, like stone. What might it be?
  5. Need help to support my sons dream

    Hello we are in Pensacola and our 15 year old son is an aspiring Paleontologist. He is dive certified and so are we and have a 18ft boat along with a 27 ft boat. We want to support him in his dream career choice (if he can support himself at some point LOL) and have no knowledge of how to get him experience in fossil hunting. He knows that chances are this part of his career path could be short lived and he will likely end up as a professor or museum curator but he doesn’t care. History and science are his favorite subject and as he says this is both wrapped up in one. As the country opens back up we are interested in venturing outside of the more local area to Allow him to explore what the country has to offer but for now more day trips are needed. My husband and I fish and can put you on Snapper and teach you to rig your line but we have no idea where to start with this. Equipment, area, how to find the right spot in the river..... I am thinking this is kind of like lobstering or scalloping. You need the right bottom and the right conditions but not sure what they are. thank you in advance for your help.
  6. Found in Alabama USA

    Hi All! I am brand new here. I have had a life-long interest in all things archaeology/paleontology/geology and was always digging in the dirt as a kid. But I am a veterinarian by trade and have not a clue about any of these awesome things that so intrigue me, lol. The fossil pictured below is one I found on my parents' land (where I grew up) probably 30 years ago. I found it in a little valley area where a creek runs between two fairly large hills. Anyone have any idea what I have here? Thanks a bunch! Michelle
  7. Could this be a actual Partial rib bone from a monosaurus? Was found in Lowndes County Alabama
  8. Found Fossil

    I am new to the Fossil Forum! Hello!! My daughter and I were taking our daily walk near our home, which has a drainage reservoir nearby. We found this rock which at closer glance consisted of several fossil impressions. At first we thought it was a fish's fin but after some brief research I believe it may be some sort of Byrozoan. Can anyone help ID?
  9. With all of your help, I am learning to better identify fossils in the rocks I pick up in my yard - mostly bryozoan and crinoids. Boring to most folks, but still fun for me, LOL! I picked this rock up assuming it was a non native one, but then decided to get my macro lens after it to make sure. I need your help! Do you see any bryozoan or crinoid fossils in these macro photos? I didn't think so at first, but then I started wondering about some tiny things I was seeing. So, if no one sees any fossils, I will just go back to my original idea - that it is a non native rock to our yard. I would also love to understand a bit about how a rock like this is formed! It is a gorgeous rock and I would be happy to post a photo of the whole thing if anyone is interested. Thanks! Ramona
  10. I have so many rocks that I often like to take one and remove as much matrix as I can, to learn more about it. This rock was very interesting! The limestone was very soft and I know for a fact that I removed plenty of small fossils along the way, but I thought I was digging a geode out of the rock (the "original" thing was the dark area). After cleaning thoroughly with vinegar and a toothbrush, I started removing all soft matrix with a dental pick. I was surprised to "break through" to a totally different geode than the one I thought I was digging out! Part of this new geode broke off later, but I was able to see the inside well! :-) I also discovered what seems to be a nice bryozoan fossil? I never did figure out what the original item was - it may still be a geode, but I have stopped for now. I may have seen this before, but just though it was interesting to see the geode and fossil in the same rock. Found in Huntsville, Alabama.
  11. Went to explore the creek with my family to enjoy a beautiful, peaceful day. My hubby found a tooth in the creek bed that cuts into Cretaceous clay and I initially thought it was a shark tooth but not like any I had seen before. Also, found something with crosshatched markings and was wondering if it is a fossil or just an erosion pattern on a stone. Thanks for taking a look.(Hands look like fossils)This measures about an inch across
  12. Had a great day getting out this weekend and exploring some cretaceous clay outcroppings along the creek bed. Lots off impressions of shells but other interesting things that I don't recognize. Are they anything other than erosion patterns? I have more photos if needed. Thank you! ay ge I think the top is some type of shell but what about underneath?
  13. When I first looked at this rock I thought it was a bit of concrete, but once I cleaned it up and looked at it with my macro lens I discovered a very different world. I am used to seeing fossiliferous limestone, but the fact that this rock has some completely smooth sides baffles me. Is it just another example of the wonders of limestone? See next post for the size. Found in Huntsville, Alabama. Thanks! Ramona
  14. Planning another summer ramble across a wide swath of the US for siteseeing and fossil hunting. Going to hit some previous sites like Kemmerer and Big Cedar Ridge in Wyoming along with planned stops for a guided dino excursion at a private ranch in eastern Montana and a trilobite dig at Theisen quarry in Oklahoma. I will be zigzagging across much of Montana and Wyoming and would be interested in other suggested stops on the way if anyone has anything they are willing to share. Not looking for someones secret stash, just publicly known places the wife and I might be able to stop for an hour or two as we roll through. We will also be traveling through places like western Nebraska, Oklahoma, southern Alabama, etc. I am interested in any era, invertebrate, vertebrate, plant. Looking to expand my personal collection and maybe pick up a few pieces to trade or auction off here. I have the most flexibility while in the north, but I have been trying to see if I can detour to squeeze in at least a little Alabama carboniferous as I have seen many beautiful specimens posted and I love plant fossils. We shall see. I have the rockhounding guides for the northern states and have tagged several possibilities, I have also been combing through previous posts and searching other references online. I would love to identify an ammonite location along the way as I have never managed to collect one myself. Thanks in advance, Randy
  15. I'm not sure if folks would like to do this or not, but I thought it might be fun to have a run of "I Spy" with a large fossil-rich rock that I recently found in our yard. Experts and newbies both welcome! This rock weighs 4 pounds and measures about 6 inches by 5 inches. These are macro images - all from the same rock. Check them out and see what you can "Spy" in each image! Look closely - very closely! And think in 3-D format! ;-) A bit of background - this rock was found in Huntsville, Alabama and is likely mostly limestone. I mostly find fenestellan bryozoan, crinoid, and coral fossils, with a few bivalves. So, surprise me with what YOU see in these photos!
  16. Is this a fossil?

    Any ideas of what this may be? It was found along the shore of a flooded creek reservoir in North Alabama in a layer from the Mississippian era. Many brachiopods, crinoid stems, Archimedes spirals, horn corals, and blastoids were found in the vicinity. Approximately 1.5 inches diameter, 0.75 inches thick.
  17. Some type of trace fossil?

    Can someone tell me if this is some sort of trace fossil? I find them often in the clay in a creek bed that contains fossils of the upper Cretaceous period. Thank you!
  18. ID verifications?

    Along with being a newly avid fossil student, I am also a stock photographer. I would like to submit these images for stock images, but I want to make sure that I am identifying them correctly. You guys have helped me learn EVERYTHING you see here! All of the names and labels, I learned here! Please let me know if I am missing any thing or have mislabeled any of these? I have numbered them to help with the identification. Thanks so much! Ramona
  19. I am enjoying learning about the rocks in our yard. I found one that had something embedded in it, so I decided to try to remove the items from the matrix. I brushed and cleaned it well with vinegar and water and then used dental tools to pick the matrix away from it. How fascinating it was to see the matrix fall away - it was NOTHING like I expected it to be! There were two items embedded - and they may have originally been one whole piece. It is hollow and I have no clue if it is a fossil of some sort or a different type of rock that was embedded into a limestone rock. It took hours to remove these two items, but it was worth it. I did take some photographs along the way, but unless anyone is interested in seeing those, I will just post the end result. These two photos are of the first piece to be removed. This first piece is not deep - it seemed like maybe a "top" to the other piece, although they were laying side by side in the limestone. I have photographed both sides. Measurements are about 1.5 cm x 2cm. Thanks! Ramona
  20. I keep finding rocks with these bowl-like structures on them, so I took one to examine more closely. I cleaned it well with my vinegar/water solution and then started removing as much soft matrix as I could with a dental pick. These bowl like structures have a fairly thick edge to them. Once I took macro photos of them, I could see that they do seem to be comprised of fenestellan bryzoan fossils, although I believe I do see some crinoids, too (not sure if I included those in the photos). I have been learning about the fenestellan bryzoan anatomy, but I am not sure where/if this fits in. I will post photos of the "bowls" and the surrounding areas, where I have removed some matrix. You may need to zoom in to see the tiny details. Thanks for any information! (Located in Huntsville, AL) Ramona
  21. What is this called?

    I know it’s a internal cast of something but I can’t remember what.
  22. Pachyrhizodus Found-Thanks

    I’m going to see about picking up another fossil from a nice gentleman I dealed with the other night. He Has what looks like the lower jaw to a fish with narrow pointed teeth. It’s slightly curved and in 3 pieces. Two of the pieces match one does not. Piece only about 6-7” long and teeth about 14”-1/2” tall. Won’t have it in hand till later tonight. Here’s what I need help with, he couldn’t spell the name but could pronounce it it started with PYU payu sounded like packacu something or another. Any idea what fish it could be? Not much to go on but would recognize it if I saw the spelling and the fish.
  23. Alabama coal mine additions

    I picked up two additional fossils I needed. First one is a Calamites Leaf Tip, needed this to go with all my other Calamite fossils. Second is a Lepidodendron Leaf , I only had one small sample of this so wanted more. this is all Pennsylvanian age
  24. Hey Everyone. I'm headed over to the Tuscaloosa area specifically to hunt some of the chalk banks along the Tombigbee. Instead of going on a wild goose chase, I was wondering if anyone knew of some spots around there where they had luck with shark and mosasaur teeth. Preferably, I am looking for spots that are not considered private property or hunting grounds. Thanks for the input!
  25. Is this a type of sand dollar

    What are these? Seems to fat to be a sand dollar. came from Greene county Alabama