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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. What is this called?

    I know it’s a internal cast of something but I can’t remember what.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. Is this a type of sand dollar

    What are these? Seems to fat to be a sand dollar. came from Greene county Alabama
  16. Is this a sharks tooth?

    Looks like a sharks tooth then it don’t. Is it and the type of shark if it came from one?
  17. Are these Ptychodus teeth

    Are these teeth from a shell crusher shark like the Ptychodus? Found in Greene county Alabama creek bed
  18. Name these Trilobite

    These are the smallest I have ever seen but the detail is awesome. Found in Greene county Alabama creek bed. Do they have a name?
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 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?
  24. Can someone help ID a few?

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

    Cretaceous, Eutaw Formation, Alabama.