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Found 71 results

  1. What is this?

    My son found this while on Boy Scout canoe trip on the Buffalo River in Newton Co., Arkansas. (6-2-20) Found in a river bed. Some type of molar tooth?
  2. Rock or fossilized bone

    I found either a rock or a fossilized bone in NW Arkansas along the War Eagle River earlier this year. The War Eagle Quadrangle https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/72842749.pdf has sections that are Ordovician, Devonian, and Mississippian. That being said...is this just a rock? I don't want to state why I think it might be one thing or another....needing a fresh perspective.
  3. I don’t have a clue. Fern? Snake?

    I was looking at shale pieces that had some cool shells sticking out. I thought I would break the best piece off instead of toting the whole slab to the truck. I went to knock a chunk off and this was exposed. I first saw the snakeskin looking part and then I saw the red. I never would’ve know it was there if I hadn’t broke it. Can anyone tell me what it is and can it be saved? I think I managed to find the majority of the small bits. For reference it is only about 1.5in long. I ended up toting the whole piece back. Now I gotta see if it was worth it.
  4. Concretion Fossil ID

    I found this over the weekend. I’m trying to figure out if it’s a fish vertebrae or something else. It appears to be coming through on the other side as well (3rd picture). I’ve included some pics of other fossils in the same rock. I’m sorry for size reference. I don’t have anything in millimeter lengths laying around. Thank you all.
  5. Please help ID this little guy

    Hello folks. I'm back after an extended break. I've found some really cool fossils on my land in southern Missouri, Texas county, USA. Just a few miles south of cabool. A seasonal stream flows through my land exposing some cool finds, not to mention- the heavy rains are washing the topsoil away. From the hundreds of artifacts I've collected, this spot must have been an indigenous settlement. My best guess is that this item was in the hands of those early Americans. I can see why, this is my 2nd most favorite of the collection. Please help me identify what this is. Any help would be greatly appreciated. FYI, I have overcast skies at the moment and very limited internet access. These pics are the best I can do. Mm measurements are roughly 66mm x 38mm x 25mm
  6. Unidentified spiral fossil

    Three different people have posted what I think is a very similar if not the same fossil. In my original post I said it was Mississippian. However, I did purchase it from a dealer that described where he found it. I was not there. He was elderly at the time so there could have been confusion. I think he has passed now, so no way to know Let's assume age is unknown. Here are the other postings. https://photos.app.goo.gl/BCMTpriMfuSoaCi79
  7. I was at a creek bed today looking for stone points and artifacts. I found these two fossils Any help IDing them appreciated.
  8. crinoid ?

  9. crinoid & ?

    found this today on my land in Missouri. crinoid on left and something else on the right??
  10. bone or tooth?

    Hello. I spent a few hours looking around my land outside of Cabool, MO. I found some fossils, but first- is this anything cool?
  11. yesterdays finds

    Hello again. I found these yesterday. The clam is a dead giveaway(correct?), and the one on the top left is a coral, I'm guessing. What about the rest? Any help would be great. You see, I'm a carpenter. If it were a piece of dimensional lumber, I could ID it by smell and feel alone. hahaha
  12. Please ID this

    Hello from the heart of the salem plateau. I bought 20 acres outside of Cabool, MO. The plot has a few deep cuts exposing a lot of marine fossils, minerals, and such. This specimen doesn't look like anything I've seen thus far. Please help me ID this guy. Thanks and Season's Greetings.
  13. Vertebrate?

    I found 2 of these when I put in a septic system along with crynoid calyxs, nautilus, and ammonite peices. Wouldn’t expect to find anything like this here.
  14. Horse or Bovine Tooth? Approximate Age?

    I found this tooth last week in the Illinois River in NW Arkansas. I’m guessing it’s not terribly old, but I’d like some help narrowing down if at all possible. I think it’s a horse, but not positive. It looks as as if it has been buried in the mud at some point due to the dirt being up in the root. Thank you for any help given.
  15. North Arkansas curiosity

    Hi, this is my first post, very new to fossil/mineral collecting. Does anyone recognize this portion of what I believe to be a fossil? Pic 1 is what I am calling the top. pic 2 is a close up of an interesting portion of the top. Pic 3 is where the top and bottom wrap around the side to meet each other at some kind of a "V". Pic 4 is what I am calling the bottom. My in-laws are building a house in North Arkansas, I found this in the excavation. I have already identified coral, stromatolites, Shells in other rocks found in the same piles. The main minerals found are quartzite, chert, red sandstone, red clay, calcites, iron, zinc. The area they are found appears to straddles these two regions according to Arkansas geological maps. The house is being built on the top of a large hill: https://www.geology.arkansas.gov/docs/pdf/geology/Collecting-Fossils-in-Arkansas.pdf The Salem Plateau: contains the oldest rock present and is made up of dolostone, limestone and sandstone of Ordovician age. Algal structures called stromatolites, corals, brachiopods, bryozoa, crinoids, gastropods, and some cephalopods are the fossils most commonly found in the limestone and dolostone. Trilobite fragments are less common but are present in these strata. The St. Peter Sandstone contains the vertical trace fossil Skolithos. Silurian and Devonian strata are limited in their outcrop area. Silurian limestones contain crinoids, trilobite fragments, and small algal mounds. Devonian strata are usually unfossiliferous. The Springfield Plateau: is made up of limestone, sandstone, shale, and chert from the Mississippian Period. Corals, bryozoa, brachiopods, crinoids, bivalves, cephalopod, and gastropods are common in these rock types. Trilobite fragments are less common but are present in these rock types as well. Echinoid fragments are present in the Boone Formation. Starfish and bivalve resting traces called Asteriacites and Lockeia respectively, and worm trails are common at certain localities in the Batesville Sandstone
  16. 3 Day Trip with my girl

    Hi Folks, I am planning out my first long road trip to collect with my youngest daughter for next week.(she's 13 and we have our local Pennsylvanian rocks we collected together for years, but I have been overseas working for a year, and I am getting ready to go back to do one more year, and I want to do something fun with her and she asked to go look at rocks and collect since she knows it's my favorite thing I never get to do) Anyway, I've been out of country until about 2 weeks ago, and I know there's been a ton of rain in Oklahoma, and I am curious if I should try to head to Mineral Wells and Jacksboro in Texas, and maybe head back towards Arkansas, or should I head north to Kansas and maybe cross over into Missouri. I'm at a loss since I don't get much US news in Vietnam, so I have no idea what everyone's weather has been like, and I'm not looking for honey hole suggestions, just a few places I can take her that she can find stuff and we can just have some time together. Pay sites are okay too if you have some suggestions. Thanks, Jim
  17. Petrified wood or ???

    Hi everyone, I enjoy finding agates and fossils along eroding sections of Crowley's Ridge, a ridge of glacial deposits that runs through eastern Arkansas into southeastern Missouri. I appreciate your help ID'ing this chunk of something. As I recall, it's around 15cm long, around 7cm wide. I'll measure it tonight. Most of the petrified wood I find along the ridge is very dark: predominant colors are blacks, browns, and dark reds. I'll include a couple of samples in a picture below Both of those specimens are 7-10cm across. Both look a shade darker in "person." This is light to medium grey (just a shade lighter than it appears in the pics). The growth/deposit rings look interesting. Any thoughts? I appreciate all information/opinions on the grey chunk or the two smaller pieces.
  18. Anyone know what these are?

    Does anyone have any clue what are embedded in this? I've never seen them before.
  19. Is this a fossil

    I'm going to try this one last time, I'll try to size them down a little. Sorry in advance if it doesn't work. Thanks.
  20. What do you think?

    Hi, NW Arkansas again. I thought this was unusual. I usually have trace fossils but this caught my eye and I would love your opinion. I really have no idea on this one, Thanks again.
  21. So this material is from the Clayton formation in Arkansas. It is Paleocene in age. We are finding a lot of these flat pieces which I at first thought might be crab shells but now I think they must be scales from armored fish. Sometimes they are very thin and small - these examples are larger ones. If I am correct does anyone know if we can tell which fish they are from? (tape measure in view is in mm) The lone piece is from the same matrix as the others. After cleaning it up I would have guessed it was just a larger piece of armor but while I was removing it both ends broke off and it has some internal structures too. Also it seems to have tunnels that run through it that make me think of passages for nerves or blood vessels (bone? - it sure doesn't seem like it because it seems to have a shell). Here are pictures of its external and internal structures. The tube-like piece connects with one of the holes in the outside shell. I have taken pieces of all 4 exposed internal surfaces. It is not quite symmetrical which makes me think it isn't a crab . . . The fourth pic where a lot of the white matrix is visible is the back. I have been reluctant to clean it up since it is a bit fragile. Note: pics 5 & 6 (with the tunnel-like structure) have a bit of rubber cement on the surfaces - I had to retake the pics and had already begun to glue them back together
  22. Hi folks, On our last cross country trip we stopped at a fossil site I had heard of to look for fossils. It is near Malvern, Arkansas and I am sure it is Clayton formation (Paleocene) based on a publication which specifically describes the site. It was a horrible day for collecting so we grabbed some samples and are now slowly taking the matrix apart at home. We are finding a lot of tiny stuff and a few sharks teeth which may be identifiable. Does anyone know what the shark fauna looks like from that site. I haven't found any good references for the Clayton specifically and the publication I do have is a faunal survey which compares rough numbers in different groups and deals very little with the specific species themselves. Thanks for any help you can offer. Kate
  23. Northeast Arkansas Ammonite?

    Two fossils from Northeast Arkansas southern ozarks.Found in shallow red clay wash.Possible ammonite or mabe gastropods I do not know?This area is not known for cephalopod fossils.Lower Ordovician? I would like to know what others thank. An ID would be great.Thanks.
  24. Please help identify

    I found this hiking up a rock bed after heavy rains at the headwaters of the Buffalo River near Fallsville, Arkansas. It looks like a fish to me but I have no experience in this topic. Please let me know if you have an idea. It is approximately two inches in length.
  25. I found this one yesterday. I recently got back into the hobby of rock tumbling and was looking for rocks for that when I came across a few fossils in a creek bed in North Central Arkansas, USA. This one resembles a "pigs in a blanket" sausage wrapped with crescent dough. I thought the inside was just dirt and mud but it is solid. It is 2 inches at the longest point. The hole is approximately an inch in diameter.
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