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  1. Menuites portlocki

    From the album Cretaceous Fossils of New Jersey

    Menuites portlocki Wenonah Formation Late Cretaceous Ramanessin Brook, Monmouth County, NJ
  2. I went fossil hunting in Lyme Regis for the first time in my life. I cracked open a nodule and found this ammonite "fossil". When I tried to brush the fossil area with a plastic brush is seemed to scratch away the fossil as well. The detail has disappeared. Is this just a poorly preserved fossil? If it is a proper fossil... what can I use as hand tools to release it? I don't want to invest in a dremel tool, and don't mind hard graft with hand tools if it's an option. The rock is super soft and easy to remove. I looked online and saw something about freezing and then running it under hot water as an option. Thanks in advance for any help! -Justin-
  3. fossil prep video

    I have watched this guy on Youtube for some time now. What I like about him is how laid back he is and how he makes do with what he has. He is from Yorkshire and mostly collects and preps ammonite fossils. Except for the droning of the air pen, (that's what the mute button is for, eh?) it is a pleasant video series to watch. Kind of like sitting in a chair next to him while he chats about what he does. Anyhow, if you are a beginner like me, it is instructive to watch. Walt
  4. Worn ammonite whorl?

    This caught my eye today. It's probably just a very worn ammonite section, but i picked it up just incase.
  5. I bought this ammonite online, found in the gault clay of Folkestone, Kent, and it has some unusual markings on it. I can't tell if they're from before or after death or if they might be bite marks. There is what looks like a pyrite deposit in the dent and I was wondering if anyone could tell me more! Below are some pictures.
  6. Ammonite ID

    Finds have been really low recently because of all the good weather and people visiting beach more? or i just suck! I found this today near Whitby. Is it a Peronoceras?
  7. Yesterday my girlfriend and I made a fieldtrip to the Northern French coast. The tides were ideal to search for the whole day in the late cretaceous chalk deposits of Cap Blanc Nez. The start was a bit slow, not a lot of fossils to be seen, but when going further up the beach the first ammonites started to apear. the result of the day where a few decent ammonites ( schloenbachia varians and Mantelliceras sp. ), a few shark teeth: Natalie found most of them and she found a spectacular cowshark teeth, the first one I ever saw from there. My find of the day was a small but complete Cymatoceras ( Nautilus )
  8. Certificate of Disposition

    Well, I finally decided to see if I could get a Certificate of Disposition for an ammonite partial found along the Bow River a few months ago. It took about 5 weeks but I received it today. At least I know I can obtain ownership for one of these babies. Now I have to decide if I want to sell this fella. Need to put some Opticon on it to spruce it up a bit.
  9. Ammonite - PERISPHINCTES?????

    Hello! I went fossil hunting at our local fossil/mineral/curio emporium. (Which I am SO lucky to live near!!!) I got several nice fossils!!! This Ammonite from Madagascar... I am thinking Perisphinctes - do you concur?
  10. Hey guys, my mom is finally starting to collect fossils with me! She picked these for her first purchases and wants to know if they are real before buying. Ammonite and edmontosaurus skin. Please advise!
  11. Cool finds.

    Basically we've bought a lovely new static caravan near whitby, and today have drove up to pay for it. Saltwick bay, if anybody knows it. The previous owners who were on the plot that my static will go on had a bunch of old rocks in their little garden plot. I've asked for all them to be removed, but i found these there. Looks like they've been there for over 10 years. Sadly due to the tides I couldnt do any fossil hunting myself, but there will be plenty of finds coming from me in the future. (maybe even some reptile remains in the stormy winter months) So the best things i picked up were these. They're very dirty as i've just washed them. Double Dac nodule! Old hildy, looks like the other end might split with a chisel and hammer, hopefully revealing a nice specimen with a decent centre.
  12. Howdy! Not long ago I acquired this nice 11-inch ammonite from Texas. Per seller this was collected at a quarry in Crawford- a fast glance at maps show a variety of formations in the area including Edwards group formations. From the best of my knowledge this ammo is a species of Oxytropidoceras genus and a nice-sized one. Anyway... the question of this thread: Within the inner whorl is a collection of shelly material. When I purchased the piece I assumed it all to be indistinct shelly debris but in hand it appears more distinct in form and perhaps identifiable. I have my own guess to what it is, but I thought I'd have the many Texas-based collectors here at TFF have a look at it first, if it's not too rude to ask. Can the inner material be identified? Thanks in advance!
  13. Possibly not a fossil, looks cool

    I recently got into looking for fossils with a friend and we stumbled across some beautiful ammonite fossils and I saw something real interesting that might not even be a fossil, so wonder what it is and how it’s formed? I am guessing the ammonites look like possibly early Jurassic or late Cretaceous. This was pick up in the Rocky Mountains in Northern British Columbia, Canada. I’ve also attached a picture of a full ammonite that was on the same rock (broke it into pieces to share). There are multiple partial ammonite imprints on the main rock. If if nothing else I hope you enjoy the pictures.
  14. Hi I'm new to this forum and the reason for joining is I have inherited part of my Grandpa's fossil collection. I have this small ammonite with some really nice detailing, which i would like to polish up and turn into a necklace so I can keep his "spirit" with me and plus I think it could look pretty cool. But I'm not sure how to go about this. Any Ideas?
  15. Hello everyone!! I have picked a couple of locations around Lake Texoma on the boarder of Texas and Oaklahoma. Dose anyone have any good advice for the area? This will be our first trip their and everything I’ve read and researched on the area is roughly 3-4 years old. So I’m looking for some current info. Thanks so much for any help you can give us.
  16. Just got back from a week fossil hunting trip in North Yorkshire. It's fair to say it was pretty productive! Lots of nodules still need to be popped open!
  17. Here is a polished Ammonite from Timor. Ceratite type? (I think it is but I am still a newbie at these) Can someone help with an ID? I have a couple more, will wait for a later time to post.
  18. Timor Ammonite help

    Here is a nice little Ammonite from Timor. It is unpolished (the other ones I am trying to work with ARE polished). Any help is appreciated! Is it indeed Ceretite?
  19. Ammonite ID requests

    Hello! I am NOT making much progress with this one. I still get a bit confused working with these! This piece is from Morocco - and a large one! I'd be thrilled to get to Genus - but Order & Family would be GREAT! Sadly, My AMMONITE book has not yet arrived and the material I DO have is not helping me much. (I read... THIS suture pattern is indicative of THIS type, but it can also have these OTHER patterns). All help appreciated! Still learning a lot from the posts I am reading, and I enjoy this forum very much!
  20. This is part 2, site 2 of my Memorial day fossil hunting trip. You can see the site one report here: I chose to drive out to Denton Creek north of Ft. Worth. I had been there before, but had not gotten to explore the area. It was the takeout point from a kayaking trip I’d taken down the creek a few weeks before. It took me 30 minutes out to drive out there from the first location I hunted in Benbrook. If you pass the creek going north you can go up to the next exit and then loop back to the creek. There is a little rock and dirt path off the shoulder of the road that leads down to under the bridge where you can drive your vehicle. The hill down to under the bridge is kind of steep. My car was a bit on the low side for getting over the curb and then a steep embankment with rocks. I bottomed out once. I thought I might park my car in the shade under the bridge, but when I arrived there was another vehicle in the area. I thought I was the only person crazy enough to be out here in the heat. Nobody could pass if I parked under the bridge so I pulled through into a small clearing there. The grass and weeds were grown up pretty high in the clearing. I knew of a sizeable exposure on the creek that I wanted to try to get to on foot, but I didn’t know the terrain around the creek. I switched to my rubber boots for walking in the creek. I reapplied sunscreen and headed down the steep hill to the edge of the creek. I had to sit down and scoot myself over the edge and drop down to the rock ledge that ran along the creek. I inspected the exposure. Last time I was here I found a pretty decent Macraster obesus right by the spot I came in by. I didn’t see a single fossil. The creek was maybe 40 feet wide give or take. The water was less than 10 inches deep where I entered the creek. I don’t think the creek is ever a high energy creek. The rocks that are in this part of the creek are angular and jagged. The water in the creek is rather murky so you can’t see into the water. All of that makes it a difficult creek to walk in. Most of the creek in that spot is one level at bedrock with rocks scattered across much of the creek bottom. There is a narrow jagged rift in the bedrock that meanders along the creek bed. The water is deeper in the rift. I walked down into the creek and squatted down looking at some ammonite fragments in the creek. I saw two butterflies nearby. I tried to get a better picture from the side, but they flew away before I could do so. Sorry it is not a very clear picture. You can see the creek bed is kind of slimy looking. In some areas where the water was very low it looked foul and fetid. It had a green bubbly looking surface. I assessed the creek and decided to walked along the exposed rock ledge above the creek. As I walked up the creek there was a horrible stench of something dead. The further I went the worse it got. Finally I came upon a gar fish carcass on the rock ledge above the creek. It was close to one of the places where I had wanted to have a look around, but the odor was too strong and repulsive. It looked to be just over 3 feet long. I can’t imagine how it got there. It had to be a person who had drug it there. This section of the creek does not seem deep enough for such a large fish to swim in. Maybe it swam in the rift though. There were deeper sections of the creek where it could live, but not here. There were signs of racoons all over along with remnants of their meals. Evidently gar is not on the racoon menu, which was surprising to me since it seems raccoons will eat almost anything else. I looked at the thin, razor sharp gar teeth. It is kind of scary to think that type of critter was in this creek when I kayaked it. I was in and out of the water all the time. A bite from that thing would be nasty. Here is a pic of it. I walked back down the creek upon the rock ledge to a place where there weren’t too many jagged rocks in the creek and where the rift in the creek would be narrow enough for me to step across it. Since the water was flowing slowly the rocks were covered with algae and were very slippery. I got to the rift. There were rocks pilled up there. I place one foot on a large one sitting at an angle and it tottered underneath me. I made sure my foot wouldn’t slip and I balanced myself as I put my next foot on another rock. It tottered too. To slip and fall in this creek with all the jagged rocks would really hurt and might do considerable injury. At least when I slipped and fell in the NSR the riverbed was smooth, without any rocks. I took a few more steps on similar rocks and I was I on smooth riverbed again near the other bank. I began to inspect the exposure. I found these just sitting on the bank. A cute little impression of an ammonite and what appeared to be a fragment of a Pinna clam. I have yet to find a whole Pinna clam. I’d kind of like to find at least one whole one someday. The only other formation I have found them is in the Goodland. It is another of the Washita Group formations.
  21. Unsure about this

    I found this today at port mulgrave. I have no idea what it is. Could it be part of a crustacean?
  22. Hello! I am fairly sure this specimen is Prolylleceras sp. This piece came from Peru - My questions: 1. Do you agree with the identification? 2. WHAT IS THE TAXONOMY? I see NO information for this; I see examples for SALE - but NOTHING on taxonomy. Looked and searched in all the "normal" databases - nothing. I am wondering if there is possibly another Genus name? Thanks!
  23. Ammonite septa?

    Hello, I have a piece of what looks like a Ammonite septa fossil. I work at a thrift store in Washington State and we are trying to figure out what this is, any help would be awesome. I saw a picture on a website Wooster's Fossil of the Week and it seems to look like what I have. Here are a couple of pictures.
  24. Possible Ammonite Fossil?

    Hello, I am new to the site, but I am a life long lover of all things nature. I found this little guy on the coast of California, most likely in San Simeon but possibly 30 minutes south, at Moonstone Beach. I found him about a year ago in August. He looks to be 6 1/2 centimeters. To forewarn everyone, I have little knowledge of history in terms of time periods, and am largely unfamiliar with geology as well such as rock types. I will describe as best I can per your requests. Please bear with me while I attempt to learn! Anyways, here he is. I believe him to be an ammonite but he has no spiral. Maybe a squid? Not even sure he is classified as a fossil, haha... Finally, thank you all so much for any and all responses, my scientific curiousity greatly appreciates it! Sincerely, Tyler North
  25. So, I found this today in the Paleocene Aquia Formation of Maryland. Obviously it can't be an ammonite, because they were already extinct. It's a Nautilus steinkern, right, not some sort of gastropod? Thanks! Matt
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