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Found 163 results

  1. Some triasic ammonite for exchange! EU.
  2. I've recently found some medium to large ammonites, mostly apparently coroniceras. They aren't perfectly preserved, but I would really like to do them justice and put the work in to prep them. However. One thing I'm finding insufferably tedious is removing all of the excess matrix before you even get near the ammonite. I have a scribe/pen (a Ken Mannion TT), but that doesn't really seem up to the task of removing large amounts of matrix. Does anyone have any tips? Also, when it comes to the prep - at least of the lias ones - I'm finding that there is basically no separation between the ammonite and the surrounding rock, so all I can do is slowly work away the rock surrounding the ammonite, leaving it rather rough looking (and invariably slightly dinged). This also, of course, seems to take forever. Is that just the way it is? I have heard you then need to sand them down? Surely there must be some kind of trick, or incantation which would help me? How do you avoid ruining the centre, if the outer whorl is this hard? It boggles the mind! I understand that this is a dark art, practiced by highly skilled experts in enormous secrecy from their hidden ammonite bunkers, but any tips would be very much appreciated at this stage! I'm going to tag @Terry Dactyll, because if anybody knows, it's that guy! Just for visual interest, here are a few photos of some of the ammonites in question: Ammonite from unknown original location but found in Somerset. I'll prep this from the back, assuming the back is intact beneath all the rock. Somerset partial. Looks crushed in the centre, but I don't mind that for practice. Did a bit of work on this tonight, and spent about 45 minutes cleaning a single rib on the outer whorl. Somerset ammonite partial. I'm not actually going to do anything to this, because I absolutely love it as it is. The incredible size (I calculated it'd be the best part of a metre/3 feet wide when whole), rustic preservation and encrusted oysters make this one of my favourite recent finds. It may not be complete, but it has character.
  3. Hello everyone! I had already posted a short introduction on the new members subforum, but then I thought it might be nice to start a diary of our latest adventure here. I am an amateur fossil hunter and prepper from Belgium and recently have been put in charge of securing my husband's grandfather's secondary fossil collection, together with my husband and little brother in law. Or in other words; the non displayed and non prepped fossils which he collected during the sixties and seventies (although we did find some younger specimens as well). The task is a daunting one, and very challenging as well, since the fossil storage is very poor, and there is little to no light or heating when we work. The picture above shows a very small fraction of the attic as we found it after moving piles of other things. As we dug through boxes who haven't been moved in 50 years, we discovered most of the boxes and covers used to store the fossils had been eaten by rodents. Boxes soaked with feces and moisture, others completely filled with what once must have been beautiful pyrite samples, completely oxidized and obliterated through the ages. At some points gloves and masks had to be worn to dig through it safely. Apart from fossils the collection also includes minerals and shells of amazing quality, though many of them have broken due to instability, and some boxes had been caved in because they had been stacked so high the boxes touched the ceiling. Once aware of the actual size of the secondary collection, we decided upon buying several magazine racks just to be able to store it all. This is about 1/4th of the racks set up. As of today 3 of them are up and almost completely filled, as I guess we have secured 60% of the collection... Since a good number of fossils have been moved, and we are working with a tight schedule, I won't always be able to take pictures of my finds, but I will try to post some shots of the most interesting finds of the day as we progress. Same for when I start prepping the specimens collected. So, without further ado, onto today's finds. Enjoy! Crates full of Dinosaur poop! I found a couple of bags full of nodules containing ammonites. These were found in 1974! Fern leaves from a nearby coal mine. Shark teeth! I'll be back soon with more discoveries during our different kind of fossil hunt!
  4. Triple stack

    I found this nifty arrangement of ammonites... ...definitely one for the cabinet!
  5. The Rio Puerco Valley

    The Rio Puerco Valley was my introduction to fossils...it immediately caught my attention...lit a match...became a place I am always eager to revisit...search...learn about... ...and in roaming it, have learned about myself. Many of my adventures in the Puerco are posted here, here...here and here...and here. From here on out, my excursions will be shared here. May you find happiness in your hunting. -P.
  6. My wife had a brilliant and tastefully haute home decor epiphany. As a result, I have been conscripted to push north in search of ammonites to be inlaid in a stone mailbox post I’ve been tasked to erect. And I had just such a source in mind, off the public radar and left fallow for a year or 2 of flood cycles. I figured there might be more than one guy needed, so I invited my good friend Barry (Creekcrawler and formerly Snakekeeper here on TFF) to partake in the festivities. Barry has hosted me on some good hunts, so it was about time I reciprocated in kind. It was the maiden voyage for his new little yak, but not so for mine, deeply scarred and patched from 20 years of incessant abuse. Enough blather. Let’s see some Morts.
  7. My first composit

    I have bought composits before, just didnt know it at the time. While at Quartzite selling some rocks ive had for many years, (nice to get rid of some stuff), I ran into this ammonite composit from Madagascar. I was very impressed by this piece! I know the lady that sells all this madagascar stuff and how she works. She had $1600 on this piece but I already knew that that means she wants $800 for it. I left and thought about it that night. I went back the next morning and offered her $400 for it. Just playing the game. The absolule lowest she would take was $550 and I broke down and payed that amount. The picture does NOT do it justice. All these ammos are really very colorful, but im still going to rework their fako rock to make the piece look better and then do a number on the ammo themselves to really make them shine! Gunna be a very nice fire place for sure!!! My very first composit. RB
  8. Lyme Regis- Charmouth

    Hello all Around April, May I'm going to the UK for a couple of days with my parents. They will visit some villages, while I'll be fossil hunting on the beach. I've done some research on the internet and thefossilforum, but sometimes the messages I get are contradictory. So I have some questions. -Is it allowed to search fossils in Lyme Regis and Charmouth with a hamer? I know you can't hack in the cliffs. -Is April and May a good period to search for fossils? -I have some serious problems with my eyes and it's very difficult for me to find loose fossils lying on the beach. Are there nice finds in the rocks? I can see those a whole lot better. -If you find an ichthyosaur or a big ammonite (I don't expect to find any) are you allowed to take them with you home? -Does anyone of you know if a good place to stay in Lyme Regis or Charmouth? I found a lot of places and now I don't know which one I have to choose. Our dog is going with us. -Any more tips? Thanks already Greetings Thijs
  9. My collection

  10. Cardioceras Scarburgense

    From the album Fossils from Switzerland

    A 3 cm long Cardioceras Scarburgense from the "Renggeri-Ton" from a quarry near Liesberg. In "Renggeri-Ton" you can find some nice pyritized ammonites !
  11. Hello all! Does anyone have detailed tips that they can share with me? I plan to go Folkestone and Samphire Hoe to find fossils. I googled, and there's plenty of ammonites in those places. So, if anyone has good tips to share with me, please do, as I hope that I do not waste any time and effort looking for fossils when I am there. Replies are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  12. I went on a jaunt to Somerset yesterday, for a hunt around in the Beacon Limestone. These rocks are Toarcian in age (~174-182m years old). I found many of the usual ammonites, but also a couple of big surprises. First, the usual finds. These harpoceras ammonites are often very well preserved, and usually display their sutures (you'd be lucky to find one with much shell on it). It has iron deposits on it, but a bit of time in the blasting cabinet and it'll be a uniform grey (which is nicer than it sounds). Here's another harpoceras, with a small oyster attached. This will take a bit of prep to remove the plug. Often the centres aren't complete. These large examples of dactyloceras are quite common in one layer, but the larger ones almost never seem to be complete to the very centre. I sometimes pick up broken examples, because they often break along the suture lines. This one might look quite decent when I pen it and blast away the orange deposits. These jumbled up pieces of matrix are fairly common, and contain lots of ammonites. I've also very occasionally found shark fin spine fragments in them, the only vertebrate remains I have ever found in these rocks. When I spotted this, I wondered if it might be a large teuthid phragmocone, which you do (rarely) find, but it isn't. I wonder if it might be a lobster burrow? A small nautilus which has had a bit of a knock.
  13. Another trip to the Callovian

    I took another trip to my old stomping grounds in the Wutach Valley a couple of days ago. There was a particular corner at one of the exposures in the Callovian to which I'd been giving some thought, so I decided it was time to tackle it. As usual, I forgot to take my camera. Sorry . Suffice to say, it was a successful dig and I took a couple of photos of the finds in the raw once I got home. Then everything went awry. First of all, my air abrader decided to stop working and then the photos disappeared into thin air. I know I took them. They didn't show up as I was uploading them, but I wasn't paying attention because of some other ones on the memory card, so maybe they just got deleted automatically when I removed the card. Anyway, I sent out a distress call to the man who constructed my abrader and managed to get it going again with the help of his advice. Here are the first ones I got done. More to come later. Homeoplanulites sp. 6cm. The neat thing about this one is that it's got something on the back as well: A Serpula sulcata tube worm sitting on a piece of shell. Bullatimorphites sp. 3cm. Another, somewhat larger at 13cm., Homeoplanulites sp.
  14. pyritized ammo's

    I ran into these the other day and have no idea where I got them. I got these many many years ago. Im hoping someone can tell me more info? I know, tuff to tell without formation and all that, but really have no idea. Im thinking north africa? Gots about 200 or 300 of these little things. I dont want them, just tryiing to figure out all the info so i can sell them. RB
  15. Cold blustery day on the north coast of Normandy at Villers sur Mer The rock strata starts with upper callovian to the middle Oxfordian Jurassic capped with Lower cenomanian upper greensand Cretaceous
  16. Ammonite

    I found this ammonite when i split some shale at runswick bay. It looks different from the others maybe because it has been crushed? Can anybody ID? I wet it to try to make it easier to see.
  17. Well Hello everyone.. As promised here are some of the pictures of our finds with a group of about 25 at the Ladonia Fossil Park on the North Sulphur River. We had a great time searching thru the pebbles and edges of the cliffs. a couple of bone fragments were found but nothing major. We found several gastropods in some matrix and did some sifting at the gravel bars. We did find a broken arrow head but no shark teeth in the area. Here are some pictures of our finds. Enjoy as I do have some questions i'll ask on the ID Forum.
  18. Tiny Ammonites ID

    Looking for an ID on two tiny ammonites that I have had in my collection for a long time. The id that I have on them is "Acanthoceras worthense" from the Cretaceous of Roanote, Texas. Just looking for confirmation or correction. Thanks.
  19. Butvar for pyritized fossils?

    I'm going to be making a trip to the Waco Pit this weekend, and I'm hoping to find some pyritized ammonites. If I get lucky and find some, can I use butvar to help preserve them? Also, is there any way to shine them up just a bit? I know a harsh polishing scrub would damage them, but what about something like a toothbrush to get them clean?
  20. Hey everyone, I'm looking for trip suggestions for this December. My wife and I recently had a little time free up and we have flight/hotel points to redeem. We'd prefer somewhere that's not super cold (we're from Colorado) but something that also has some fun things to do besides collecting, like hiking or exploring. I've been considering trips to NC, SC, or the Peace River. I'd love to hear from anyone who would have some suggestions for places where we can vacation and I can get out for a few afternoons to look for cool specimens. I'd be particularly interested in fish/shark tooth locations, but invertebrates would also be cool (especially ammonites, trilobites, etc). Let me know what you guys think - any suggestion is appreciated!
  21. Jurassic Fall Trip

    Last Saturday I was invited to a collecting trip by a buddy of mine. It took us to the Tyrolian part of the Northern calcareous Alps. We worked at a condensed layer that contains a big part of the Jurassic, Hettangian stage(marine ammonoid zones of the Hettangian). Several ammonoid zones are given within this layer. It ranges from the upper Hettangian(the yellow/orange colored top of the layer) down to the grey limestone of the panorbis zone. We were lucky because our gained block from the layer was full of ammonoids. It was kept as it was by my friend. I kept a smaller block which was laterally beside it. The split pic show two big specimen of Psiloceras naumanni
  22. Lake Texoma

    Good Morning! My wife and kids are spending a few days on the Texas side of Lake Texoma (Gordonville, Texas). Are there any places nearby that might yield a few of the famous ammonites from this region? Thanks in advance, Daniel
  23. I would like to get some fossils to seed some areas for both my sons to find some interesting things and to better learn the diversity of what is out there. I was thinking shark teeth , ammonites and trilobites stuff like that can any one help with this. I could ether trade or buy doesn't matter I'm just looking for a variety of stuff.
  24. I recently found this pair of Pleuroceras ammonites when splitting some concretion material I brought back from Buttenheim in Bavaria, Germany which I visited last May. From the Pliensbachian Spinatum Zone, Lower Jurassic. I wish I brought back more of that concretion material since it was so rich in complete ammonites.
  25. From the album Just Above the Iridium Layer

    Eubaculites sp. (partial baculite shell) Paleocene Hornerstown Formation Pinna Layer Manasquan River Basin Freehold, NJ. Collected and prepped by Ralph Johnson. Donated to this writer.
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