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  1. This was found on the banks of a river bed around Locust Fork River in Blount County Alabama
  2. Petrified Coral(?) ID Needed

    Found in Locust Fork, Blount County, Alabama at Low Water Bridge in creek bed. IMG_4992.heic
  3. I love fossils and I love macro photography! If anyone is interested in having this photo to make a puzzle out of, let me know and I will send you a full res copy of it. This is part of a rock that I found in our backyard in Madison County, Alabama, just a couple of days ago. You could spend a lot of time studying it and finding a wide variety of fossils - mostly bryozoan - so I thought it might make a fun puzzle for these pandemic times. I'm not sure how this works, but I think there is a messaging option here where you could give me your email address so I could send the full resolution photo, right? It's large (over 10mb), so there's no way I can post it here. Blessings Ramona
  4. I dug this rock up in my back yard today in Madison County, Alabama. I was not surprised to find the typical fenestellate bryozoan fossils that I normally find, but I am puzzled by a couple of things. I will post a some photos to show the bryozoan fossils on the rock and then macro photographs of the parts I have questions about. The pod like structures remind me of some that I found on another rock from TN, but with encrusting bryozoan fossils... The other "thing" looks like some type of stem? Are these structures of the bryozoan colonies? I see one crinoid fossil on here, too, but that stem didn't really look crinoid-ish to me? I have been known to be wrong (often), though... Thoughts and suggestions appreciated! Thanks!! Ramona
  5. baby dino fossil?

    a friend of mine showed this to me and i thought it was fascinating we think it might be a type of flying dinosaur?
  6. This rock (fossil, I think?) was found in Franklin County, Alabama, near Lost Creek. I have studied it and worked on trying to identify it using the methods I have learned here. I can see where it has areas that have crystallized or silicized? There appear to be some parts that have sections to them, which leads me to wonder about coral, but it also has a bony appearance to it. Some of the edges almost look like a mussel or something like that, though... The underside is bumpy, but I am not seeing recognizable bryozoan fossils there? Maybe I just don't recognize them? I think it's a gorgeous rock - the colors and the crystalization in it - but in the end I have no clue what it is... If I were to hazard a guess it would be at least part coral (the sections)? I beg your patience and ask your indulgence on this one... Input greatly appreciated! Thanks! Ramona
  7. bryozoa or brachiopod?

    This is an odd little rock that I found at my son's land in Franklin County today, near Lost Creek (Alabama). I am seeing what I think is an area of bryozoan fossils of some sort on it, but then I saw this tiny little shape that is encased inside of something else. I thought it was a brachiopod at first until I looked up closed with my trusty macro lens and saw teensy dots along the edges. Is this another type of bryozoa? And, if so, why is it encased inside of something? Thanks!! Ramona
  8. 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
  9. 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)
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. Eocene Foraminifera from Alabama - free A3 poster available at https://www.foraminifera.eu/loc.php?locality=Choctaw County
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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!!
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