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  1. Fossil sites

    I am retired military, my wife is a career school teacher, and my son wants to be a paleontologist when grows up. I'm looking for a location that we can turn into a weekend "working" vacation and find some fossils. Not looking to find anything huge or an unknown, just something like sharks teeth. Any help will be appreciated and thanks in advance.
  2. Carboniferous Plant Fossils

    Hello all! I went fossil hunting several weeks back in-between all this rain we'd been getting and found a few nice samples of Carboniferous Flora here in Bama. This particular spot has produced some quality detailed preservation on fossils I've never seen before. The weather hasn't been that cooperative of lately but glad see toward the end of the week it will be gorgeous so another trip to this site is in the works! Pic# 1 not sure what this is but it looks like a christmas tree. Pic #2 is fern rachis with fern fronds Pic #3 is a Nueropteris hash plate. Pic #4 and #8 are Lycopodiates. Pic #5 is a Mariopteris fern frond with a Peripteris leaflet. Pic #6 are Fern Rachis with Nueropteris fern fronds. Pic #7 is a Calamite impression I've never seen before...this one in particular has these huge node imprints on the impressions. Pic #8 is Trigoncarpus (seed) Pic #9 Mariopteris fern frond hash plate. Stay tuned more to come!
  3. Coral fossil found on mountain in Alabama

    I'm assuming that this is fossilized coral. Found on mountain shelf in Alabama. Thoughts?
  4. Hello all. I had recently made a post needing to repair a fossil of ferns (Lygenopteris hoeninghousi) and an unknown branch. It is now repaired and I wanted to get a proper ID on the branch specifically and see what you all think it is from. Do you believe it is also from Lygenopteris hoeninghousi? I think the preserved hair like spines along the branch are particularly interesting. It was found in a coal mine in Alabama and is in shale. Thank you all.
  5. Hi everyone. I am new to the forum and so far everyone has been great. I am temporarily stationed in Biloxi MS and wanted to go shark teeth or fossil hunting. From the research I found the closest to be Point A dam in Alabama. Anyone have any tips? I’ve never really been so not sure what to do or what to take with me. Thanks so much for the help!!
  6. Unknown Cretaceous/Pleistocene

    This 1"x1" piece is from a creek in west Alabama which has late Cretaceous and Pleistocene fossils.
  7. Carboniferous Flora Finds

    Hello all! I got to go fossil hunting today after work before the storm rolled in. I'm familiar with most Carboniferous Flora but these two finds. Is the fern frond and leaflets called Peripteris or something else? The second and third pic looks like a Calamite? It has ribbing but no nodes present? Could this be a leaf of some type of Lycopod? Any help would be appreciated. Carboniferous Period, Pottsville Formation, Alabama.
  8. Hello all! We've had a considerable amount of rain in the deep south for several months which means lots of erosion from the rock wall. Here are few samples found in the piles of stone at the bottom of those walls. This site produces a lot of small ichno fossils that I find fascinating, hopefully some day I will find some of the track makers? Both pics I guess would identify as Diplichnites. The first pic looks like the organism has some spiral movement to it??? Both of those pics are resting traces of some type of Arthropod? Both pics are some type of 3D burrows, pic #1 is a type of siphon burrow? Pic #2 has a textured surface as if the organism creating the burrow left it's tracks? Pic #1 Feeding traces? Pic #2 another textured burrow. Pic#1- impression of something, insect or feeding trace? Pic #2- Ichno expert suggests a stick, piece of wood created this impression? Pic #1- Close up shot of a resting trace. Pic #2- Scorpion that didn't want to be bothered... It's that time of year for the Creepy Crawlies, always check under the stone and on it before picking it up!
  9. I’m hoping someone can tell me which type of fossil(s) are in this? Bryozoan? Brachiopods? It looks different from the brachiopods I found in Tennessee. I was inordinately pleased to find this little rock while my husband was building our deck, as this is the first fossil I have found in my yard since our move to Alabama. Woo-Hoo! (Mississippian, Tuscumbia Limestone)
  10. Is it legal to collect fossils from creek beds that run through private property (owner unknown) if accessed from public property? It is my understanding that creek beds are owned by the state (correct me if I am wrong)... does that mean collecting from these locations is OK?
  11. Fossil or just a rock?

    I found this at an Alabama creek recently, among Cretaceous marine fossil deposits. I can't figure out if it is a fossil or not. The scale is in cm. Two pictures of the top, third one of the bottom. What do you think?
  12. Hello All! It's been quite sometime since I last visited the fossil fern honey hole. Having to work the weekends and not having enough daylight to hunt fossils was a bummer for at least 7 months! Now that spring is in the air, temperature is getting warmer and there is more daylight I had to take advantage of a late afternoon hunt with a lil' extra daylight on hand.
  13. Information on shark teeth.

    Greetings folks! These are a few shark teeth my grandson and I obtained from creeks out of Alabama. About One hour due east of Birmingham. Just outside of Talladega Alabama. I the the bigger ones are Sand sharks, just a guess, but I'm not sure if the other ones are or not. And trying to figure out the age, I think may may be cretaceous period. Could someone please verify, or correct my thinking in these matters. Any information would be great. Thanks Joe
  14. Fossil found in Huntsville AL

    I found this guy along with a bunch of crinoid stems in a creek in Huntsville AL. I believe it to be some type of coral. Nearby is Bangor Limestone and Hartselle shale. I can’t seem to ID this one.
  15. nob covered bone

    I am hoping someone can provide some some guidance. The surface of this bone is covered with knobby protuberances. My inclination is fish but the bone cell structure is not fish flaky but more reptilian. Found in Alabama, Cretaceous chalk.
  16. Fossil?

    This was sold as an arrowhead at an antique store near Huntsville, Alabama. (That is all the information I have on the locality.) I’m wondering if there is a partial plant fossil in it?
  17. My first fossil and I'm already stumped - hoping someone can point me in the right direction here! My husband is a geologist and brought a piece of shale home with a fossil poking out. I've been chipping away inexpertly, and can't figure out what I'm looking at. This was found outside Birmingham Alabama, in the Mary Lee Formation, near the Pratt Seam. My husband tells me the area was freshwater swamp during the Pennsylvanian Period. What am I looking at here? I know it shouldn't be soft tissue, but it doesn't seem to be plant, shell, or bone, either! Please set me straight! I hope these pictures are ok - as you can see, I'm not done cleaning it... but I'm trying to be cautious since I'm learning as I go. Also possibly relevant: the shale was riddled with dark colored fossil plants. My husband said they were carbon - they nearly disintegrate on contact. I've included a picture of those, too. Here are pictures of the plant fossils in the rock that were exposed when we broke it apart. The mystery fossil is on the top of the left rock. Thank you all!
  18. I found this in a Campanian Mooreville Chalk deposit in Alabama. I have assumed that it is a fish vertebra however I can't find anything that looks like it. Would anyone have a guess as to what it is? Thanks Mike
  19. Alabama fossil ID

    Hello! I'm new to the forum and have a fossil I need some help with. I am very familiar with crinoids, as I grew up in north-central Alabama and they're everywhere. However, I'm not sure what this one is. It was found in Blount County, AL in a creek. Here are photos of the entire piece with two areas circled, and a couple of closer-ups. The bit in the upper left of the first photo looks like plant material to me, but I'm not sure about the rest. I'm happy to provide more photos or info if it would help. Thanks for your help!
  20. Good morning ladies and gents. I am looking for a few places I could take my daughter in about a week for some fossil /gem/ artifact hunting (not in Florida for the artifact hunting). My daughter is 9 and fairly experienced in gem and fossil hunting but has never found an artifact . I would like to stay in the southeast within a few hours drive and a semi winter friendly location (we do have waders for shallow water). Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, or north Florida is where we are looking. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Y’all have a Merry Christmas!
  21. Alabama Ichno/Trace Fossils

    Hello All! Ichnology has to be a fascinating field of study. I don't know bout you guys but as a citizen scientist/ fossil collector I definitely find them fascinating and when I post them on The Fossil Forum or the other social networks. I enjoy hearing the different discussions about them. Alabama is known for it's fossil diversity and these are no exception. The samples presented here are overshadowed by the specimens coming out of the Union Chapel Mine northwest of the my present location. http://kudzu.astr.ua.edu/apsmono1/paper19_APS_MONO_1_Hauboldetal.pdf Union Chapel produces all sorts of tracks from tetrapods, horseshoe crabs and a plethora of insects as well as plants specimens. Not to say the site I visit is the same because it's not but still provides a glimpse into an ancient mudflat during the Carboniferous Period teeming with life. Thanks to all the professionals who have help me identify some of these trace fossils. My goal and hope will be to eventually find impressions of the track makers. I have been visiting this site for over ten years and it still eludes me!
  22. Unknown Cretaceous claw core

    My hunting partner scored this sweet little piece today and it has me scratching my head as to what it is. It was found in the blufftown formation of Alabama (Campanian)...its a 1/2” long and 1/4” wide. It appears to be a claw core of some sort but from what I have no clue. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
  23. David C. Kopaska-Merkel and others, 2016, Cretaceous Stratigraphy and Paleontology of West-Central Alabama: A guidebook. Black Belt Museum. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312232486_CRETACEOUS_STRATIGRAPHY_AND_PALEONTOLOGY_OF_WEST-CENTRAL_ALABAMA_A_GUIDEBOOK Yours, Paul H.
  24. Greeting Guys and Gals! I had a quick question for you. I'm going to Moblie Alabama for a couple of days. Does anyone know is it would be worthwhile walking the beach of Daupine Island, Or does anyone have any recommendations out of the Mobile area ( parks, or woods). Any thoughts would be appreciated. Joe