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  1. I'm visiting Texas from California where fossils aren't readily available and I wanted to bring back an ammonite and trilobite for my girlfriend. This is the first time I've been out of the west coast and want to make it memorable. I was in Mineral Wells Sunday and did find a tiny, partial trilobite but no ammonites. I'm in Austin but I'm willing to drive snarge near anywhere in the state to go on a dig. If anyone wants to show me your collecting sites with the knowledge I'll keep the location to myself I'd greatly appreciate it, and so would my girlfriend. That aside, thanks all for the great posts! I don't think I would've found what I've collected so far without them.
  2. Odd Texas oyster

    I'll post a full story in trips when I get time, but I was searching around a new spot, being unsure of the formation (Austin I assume now) I was picking up everything I found including oysters which I would normally leave, I assume they're exogyra or ilymatogyra but the Mark on the back is strange to me, 2 of the three I picked up had them and I haven't seen anything like it in pictures. Species and out formation ID would be nice
  3. Hey everyone, I got back back from my trip to Austin, Texas on Monday and I’m finally getting around to this lol. Been playing catch up at work and getting distracted when I get on the forum reading about finds like Kim’s bison ha. Besides my trip to Oklahoma I did do some fossil hunting very close to Austin thanks to Erich @erose. I spent probably 4 hours at a nice roadcut split up into 2 trips. Once wasn’t enough! Erich did a trip here recently and that’s where I learned that this is lower Cretaceous material. I don’t think I’ve ever hunted Mesozoic fossils in situ before until last week
  4. Finally got out and enjoyed some of the great weather we have had so far. This is one of the road cuts within five minutes of my home where I often suggest folks go when visiting Austin. Exposes the Bee Cave Member of the Walnut Formation, Fredericksburg Group (Albian) Lower Cretaceous. As you will see it is a mix of limestone and clay and it is PACKED with fossils. Bivalves and gastropods are the majority, but corals, ammonites, crustaceans, annelids, shark/fish teeth and echinoids are also present. I have most of the inverts already in my collection so when I go I am looking for one or two rare echinoids, crabs and "better" specimens. Here are photos of some of the urchins and other bits I decided to record. I left many behind but brought back one odd bivalve and a handful of echinoids including Loriolia rosana, Leptosalenia mexicana and a rather nice plump Coenholectypus planatus. Haven't cleaned 'em up yet so stand by for an update in a day or two.
  5. Bone Fossil maybe?

    Hello, visited a relatives property In central TX recently (Near Austin) has a creek running through the property and very rocky terrain. Happened to notice this odd looking rock, not really sure what it is but didn't look like any of the others in the area. Found a few seashells that were obviously fossils but not really sure what this is so hoping someone might have an idea? Thanks!
  6. Is this a fossil?

    My daughter found this in Austin, I’m trying to be a good dad and figure out what it is, any help would be appreciated!
  7. Fossil Fest

  8. Fossil ID Ammonite?

    After walking 2+ years by the same spot, just noticed this, yesterday. It sparked an interest, but I know absolutely nothing about fossils. Is this a normal size for what I think is an ammonite? Found in Northwest Austin, Texas near the bank of Walnut Creek. I am assuming it’s limestone. Grandfather’s hammer is 37 cm.
  9. I unearthed this specimen in Austin, TX. Have been very intrigued to find out its origin. It weighs a rough approximate of 10-12lbs.
  10. My son and I are going to the Austin/Liberty Hill area this weekend. Does anyone have any sites they recommend? It is my first time to the area so I'd appreciate any suggestions.
  11. Mammoth tooth reveals beast once walked around Austin, Texas Laura Geggel, Live Science, August 30, 2017 http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/08/30/mammoth-tooth-reveals-beast-once-walked-around-austin-texas.html Yours, Paul H.
  12. Dear members of the fossil forum, I have bought this vertebra with limited information, and I was hoping that someone here might know more about this vertebra, as in what genus and species it is, and perhaps a better defined findspot. It is said to have come from the Austin Chalk Formation, Santonian, Texas. the seller did not know more about it, nor did he know from whom he acquired it. for some reason none of the vertebrae I have seen from the austin chalk have got this colour, and also it seems that from the santonian of texas no plesiosaurs have been described yet? in older and younger layers i see Libonectes, Elasmosaurus and Styxosaurus, but they come from Turonian and Campanian layers. Perhaps someone here can help me, or knows a researcher who is specialised in plesiosaurs (elasmosaurs?)? Thanks in advance, Sander
  13. The ugliest find of the day

    I hesitate to ask about this one because it's so strange and ugly...surely just an odd rock? I found the two pieces in front of my house on the creek bank about a foot apart. The pieces don't fit together perfectly, but I saw no other pieces around that looked the same, so I grabbed them both. I found a lot of fossils today and photographed even more that were impossible to move, but none as odd looking as this one. I'm sorry that I don't yet know how to give a good description of where I am, formation wise. Glen Rose has been suggested. I am just a few miles north of Dripping Springs TX, west of Austin. I did attempt to search for similar things but, to be honest, I couldn't think of a term to use to describe it. Any suggestions?
  14. Is it a horn? Claw? Crustacean?

    Hello all, First post here. I've read the FAQ's and I believe I understand post guidelines. I think I'm in the right place for ID help...apologies in advance if I bungle this. I'm looking for help in determining what this claw/horn/coral looking thing is that I found in my yard yesterday. I'm slightly west of Austin in northern Hays county. Looking at the Generalized Geologic Map of Texas, my area falls in the "Mesozoic: Lower Cretaceous (Comanche Series)". I won't pretend to know what that means, or if it is useful info to include here, but just in case... To describe where I found the rock: it was laying in my yard at the foot of a wooded limestone hillside. I have no idea how long it's been there. It was only partially buried. The property itself has been basically undisturbed for years. Incidentally, I found a nearly 100 year old unbroken Coke bottle on the ground nearby as well. (Not that one has anything to do with the other). Any help figuring out what it is would be greatly appreciated. Additional photos to follow.
  15. peculiar joint?

  16. AMMP Conference

    Calling all preparators... The Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology is having its annual meeting April 19-22 in Austin, Texas. This is open to the public and will be of benefit for anyone who is interested in fossil preparation, conservation, collections management, or related areas can usually pick up some new tips, methods, ideas, and understanding of how and why preparators do what they do. http://paleomethods.org/2017-Annual-Meeting/Annual-Meeting.html
  17. Goofy looking stone

    Found this goofy stone in SW Austin. It's prolly nothing, but . . .
  18. Ammonite or echinoid?

    Hi all! My son found this fossil in Pease Park, Austin ,TX, Travis County limestone. He wants to use it for our Christmas card! But we need to know what it is, so we can adjust the text on the card. It looks like an coilopoceras ammonite (see image below) , they are common in the region and the number of lines seems right, but someone in a fossil forum thought it was an echinoid, like a star fish? What could it be? Does anyone have an idea? Thank you!! Ammonites in the region:
  19. Strange Cretaceous thing

    Here's a little puzzler I found recently. Seems somewhat shell-like on one side, bumpy texture on the other. Shell or something else? Opinions appreciated.
  20. Maybe mosasaur? Curious tooth.

    I find mossy verts and shark teeth in central TX creeks with some regularity, but haven't found a mosasaur tooth yet. Or have I? This was in a gravel bar on a creek in Austin TX. My first thought was a pterygoid tooth, or perhaps croc. 1.2cm long. ID help appreciated.
  21. The place I used to hunt for ammonites has been renovated, and now the creek is destroyed. I am looking for good places to find ammonites near Austin, Texas. If anyone knows any good places, please tell me the name and where it is.
  22. Creek Fossil found by 6 year old

    Hi all! My 6 year old son found this in a river bed in Austin, TX. We have a lot of limestone from the Cretaceous. He is so proud of his find! But we don't know what it is. Could anyone help us identify it?? He would be so thrilled. Thank you!
  23. Bone or not?

    I found this today at bull creek in Austin texas. I think it's s bone, it has layers and seems porus. I want to know if this is really a bone
  24. Central Texas pond find

    Hello all! I found this strange wavy rock in one of my Austin TX ponds. Anyone have a guess to what it is?
  25. Coprolite?

    Any chance this could be coprolite?