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  1. I hope, hope, hope that I don't wear out my welcome by asking questions about rocks with Fenestellan Bryozoan fossils in them! That's about all I got around here, but I do get other items IN those rocks that I don't recognize, like this one. Thanks so much to those guys who take the time to read and answer my questions - over and over again, LOL! This is yet another rock that I found in my yard and it is filled with what looks like layers of a variety of fenestellan bryozoan fossils? I have included a photo that shows what I am talking about, so please correct me if I am wrong! There is this shell like structure, though, that I am puzzled about. Is it part of the fenestellan colony or something totally different. I have studied the post about 3D structure of the fenestellan colonies and I don't think there is anything like this in them... But I could easily have missed something. I have more photos if needed? I also think I see some Rugosa coral on this rock, along with a few other things, but I will only ask one question at a time. ;-) Thanks! Ramona
  2. I found this fossil back in 2014 at Cedar Creek Reservoir in Franklin County, Alabama. I was told the fossils we'd find there would be Mississippian, contained in Bangor Limestone. When I first found this I thought it might be a trilobite butt or a shark tooth and I recently decided to try to clean it, and now I don't know what it is there are two depressions under each prong, and the prongs bow back up (couldn't really get a side pic) The pictures show the uncovered fossil (the lighter material was what was initially uncovered). Thank you for any assistance! On a separate note: I also feel terrible that I ended up damaging it a little (chipped the left edge on the bottom most segment)
  3. Reptile skin? Coral? Calcite?

    I thought this was my typical fenestellan bryozoan fossil when I first started photographing this rock, but when I looked at the photograph I realized that the texture was more bumpy and different... Other areas of this rock have what look like quartzite like areas - could this be something like that? My first impression was that it looked like reptile skin, but then I thought more rationally and highly doubted it. ;-) Found in Madison County, Alabama. Ramona
  4. I was recently reorganizing my fossil collection and thought I would share some pieces I collected during Paleontology field trips in undergrad at Alabama. I'm glad I took thorough notes at the time! The demopolis chalk is a popular formation for finding Exogyra/ostrea/pycnodonte shells and shark teeth. We visited a site in Tupelo, MS many times for surface collecting. Some of the cool pieces I found were many fragments of a mosasaur jaw (top pic, top 2 slots), a Squalicorax kaupi tooth, a scyliorhinus(?) tooth, bony fish vertebrae, and bony fish teeth. I was told the dark fossils at the right of the third picture might be ray plates, but I'm not sure. Turritella in pic 1 are from a different formation.
  5. strange little curved rock

    I think the curved part of this rock is probably just a coincidence, but since I have never seen anything like it before, I thought I would check. Like a lot of other rocks I find, it seems to have a layer of limestone fenestellan bryozoan fossils encrusted around it (that's about the only way I know to describe it) and lots of tiny impression fossils on the inside of the rock. Can anyone help me figure out the rock's story? What might have caused the curved and layered appearance? Is that just a coincidence? Or is this a particular "thing"? Found in Madison County, Alabama. I will post more photos in follow up comments. Thanks! Ramona
  6. I am learning to pick apart the items I find in the limestone fossiliferous rocks from my yard, but I see some things here that I am not familiar with. What is the tubular item at the bottom of the photo? And what are the tiny round black things? They look like poop, LOL! One of them is inside of a crinoid fossil, but it may have fallen there? This was found in Madison County, Alabama. I find fossiliferous limestone mostly with fenestellan bryzoan fossils, crinoids, coral, etc. Thanks! Ramona
  7. Enchodus jaw or something else?

    I found this hunting a creek in the Eutaw, Al area - Late Cretaceous. Could this be Enchodus or something else entirely?
  8. Eocene Foraminifera from Alabama - free A3 poster available at https://www.foraminifera.eu/loc.php?locality=Choctaw County
  9. Could this be a new species of Ptychodus? I have never seen/found one this large before. If not, could anyone who is an expert in Ptychodus teeth give an ID? Thank you! It was found in West Alabama.
  10. Coprolite?

    Found on limestone river bank in Alabama. There were fossils nearby (shark teeth, shells, some kind of vertebrae) but not exactly where these were found. Can’t see in the photo but there are tiny gold looking flakes in it.
  11. A Nice Surprise!

    Usually I go with a paleontology class to a quarry in Alabama, where the Mississippian (Lower Carboniferous) Bangor Formation limestone is quarried for cement. The upper layers are too shale and silica rich for cement, so they are stripped and piled to the side. This material is what we are allowed to search. The last time we went (March 2019, no 2020 trip due to Covid-19) I brought back a small crinoid calyx that was showing on the side of a piece of rock. The rock seemed pretty solid and my experience has been that if there is more to the crinoid, forcing a split tends to break through the fossil. So, I put the rock on my back deck and forgot about it. A couple of days ago I was cleaning up and noticed the rock, and also noticed that a year and a bit of exposure to the Georgia weather had caused the rock to split. I lifted the top off and found this very nice surprise! The only prep it has received is cleaning with a tooth brush. Nice to find something, as I have not been out collecting since November. Before: After: Phanocrinus bellulus crown 4.6 cm. Don
  12. Found this in our yard in Madison County, AL. We have tons of Fenestellan Bryzoan fossils, crinoids, etc (as you can see in this rock, also). Is this embedded fossil object a more complete bryozoan fossil? It looks like it would easily fall out, but I don't want to mess with it. This is a macro photo - the embedded object is about 3/4 inches long. Thanks! Ramona
  13. Newbie - Are these fossils?

    Hey! Ever since I found that weird bone the other day and joined this group, I’ve become more interested in fossils. Now I want to see if I’ve found any or if I’m completely off. I’m attaching several numbered pictures. Some pictures have multiple shots in an effort to show the whole item. Can you let me know if any are fossils and if so, which ones? Also, if they are, can you identify them for me? Any help is appreciated! Thank you!!
  14. Is this anything?

    Looking to see if this is anything? I’m still extremely new to this.
  15. Is this a fossil?

    Looking for some information on or help with identifying an item found on an Alabama beach today.
  16. Union Chapel Mine

    New to the site and have found a lot of odds and ends over the years, more by accident then out on hunts. But now wanting to get some of my grand kids into fossil hunting. So here is my question. Can you hunt for fossils at the Union Chapel Mine? If not is there any old mines you can hunt in Alabama? Thanks
  17. Archimedes sp. (Owen 1838)

    From the album Bryozoa

    5cm. long Bangor Limestone Formation Mississippian Early Carboniferous From Northern Alabama
  18. Acrocrinus sp. (Yandell 1855)

    From the album Echinodermata

    7cm. long. Bangor Limestone Formation Mississippian Early Carboniferous From Northern Alabama
  19. Sharks tooth?

    Found this fossil on beach at Gulf Shores, AL. I think it's a sharks tooth, maybe old? Need help with ID. Thank you.
  20. Alabama Paleocene Fish Tooth

    Once again I need help with an identification, this time a fish tooth, from the Upper Paleocene Bells Landing Member of the Tuscahoma Formation in Monroe County, Alabama. I apologize for the graininess of the photo, but I had to capture it with my iphone as my digital microscope provided no details or contrast of the tooth. I am hoping that one of the Aquia collectors might recognize it to perhaps genus. The most obvious feature is a central keel on one face of the tooth. Length of tooth is 6 mm. Mike
  21. Alabama Shark Tooth help

    All In the process of looking through screened material from the Upper Paleocene Bells Landing Member of the Tuscahoma Formation, I came across this small 3 mm shark tooth. This deposit located within Monroe County, Alabama is equivalent in age to the Paspotansa Member of the Aquia Formation in Virginia. I searched the Aquia section on Elasmo.com but could not find anything similar. I don't know if this is a juvenile or an adult tooth but the most noticeable feature is the deep nutrient groove. I am hoping one of the many shark tooth experts here on the forum might be able to give some insight into what it is. Left: Lingual Right: Labial. Thanks Mike
  22. Bone from the Mooreville Chalk in AL

    My daughter found this protruding from the Mooreville Chalk formation (upper Cretaceous) in central Alabama. Unfortunately, it did break when we dug it out but it is otherwise in very good shape. It looks like it may be shaped like a reptile paddle bone. Turtle? Mosasaur? Something else? Anyone have any thoughts about id?
  23. I found this bone sieving in a creek in central Alabama. There are Cretaceous fossils in the stream (Mooreville Chalk). The scale is in centimeters. It is about 1 cm long. The first three pictures are 10x, the remaining ones are 30x. It was intact when I got it. Unfortunately one end broke and I glued it back together, as you can see. Any idea if it may be fossil or not? Any idea what sort of creature or body part it may be from? I am very curious...
  24. Bone Fragment

    My kids found this in the creek bed in Bear Creek, Alabama over the weekend. Any idea what kind of bone it is? Also, how do we tell if a bone is fossilized or just weathered? Thanks in advance!
  25. Found in Alabama Creek

    My 9 year old daughter found this in an Alabama creek bed over the weekend. I have no idea if it is just an unusual rock or some kind of fossil. It is about 7 inches long. My daughter was hoping someone here could tell her if it is just a cool rock or an actual fossil. Thank you!
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