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  1. North Sulphur River 10-2-20

    Here are a few pictures from another recent trip to NSR. Nothing special again but also a few interesting items I have no idea that they are. Anyone know what some of these pictures are of? IMG_4123.HEIC IMG_4127.HEIC IMG_4148.HEIC IMG_4130.HEIC IMG_4144.HEIC IMG_4141.HEIC IMG_4143.HEIC IMG_4147.HEIC IMG_4145.HEIC IMG_4146.HEIC
  2. Plesiosaur Bones?

    I suspect this to be mosasaur. Can anyone confirm and more accurately identify?
  3. Help on Sea Fossils

    A customer gave me some neat fossils today, I couldn’t tell ya where they were collected unfortunately. Is the larger one a baculite? No clue on the smaller one. Larger one has crystals inside the fossil, pretty neat. Thanks in advance.
  4. Baculite with "Nautiloid dinner"

    Good morning folks. I have a strange Baculite that "appears" to have eaten a Nautiloid for it's last meal. I dropped the Baculite and it broke. Originally I was disappointed until I saw the contents. The Baculite is from Belfush, Dakota. Am I wrong or does the Baculite seem to have ingested a small Nautiloid?
  5. North Sulfur River Hunt

    I completely forgot that this last weekend was a "holiday" weekend and went on a day tripper up to the North Sulfur River near Dallas (an almost 5 hour drive). I met a new fossil friend named John who was going to take me to some of the more 'out of the way" spots he usually hunts to try to find a few specific things - a mosasaur tooth and vert being the top of my list, plus he was going to take me to a spot where we could hopefully find a really awesome looking cephalopod (Scaphites). The first spot was already picked over, sadly, the disadvantage of not getting there before 10am I guess! I found a few nice baculites (which I love and was happy to find including a cool red one) and some other nice little things, gastropods and such. Then I thought I had found something awesome....a nice little bone stuck in the gravel. WHoo hoo!! Was it a mosasaur??? Something Pleistocene? A GLYPTODON???? I was so excited!! Until I got home and looked it up and .....it's a cow astralagus. Yay. Not even a bison. Meh. (I think, anyways...I did look it up and saw some previous FF posts about the difference between Bos and Bison and pretty sure mine is just a Bos). So a question....was Bos around in the Pleistocene? This isn't 'modern" bone, I think it is at least partially mineralized. But I really don't know. So, as relatively disappointing as that was, I still came home with some GREAT stuff- a couple of nice shark teeth (a new one I had not found before, even if it was John who picked it up...I WOULD have found it if he wasn't ahead of me....but he was nice and gave it to me. hahahha) AND even though we busted open a bunch of phosphate nodules with no luck at finding the Scaphites I was looking for.....he had an extra one to give me. SO I came home with lots of fossil gifts! My "consolation prize" - Trachyscaphyties . 3 inches diameter . My first Goblin Shark Tooth : Scapanorhynchus 2 inches Baculites - love the suture pattern Two chunks of a red one (not sure if they were from the same one, but they sort of fit together!) A different Baculites - not sure of species, but it doesn't have the same suture patterns and has more surface detail. maybe just not as worn down? The Atralagus bone: And this i THINK is mosasur bone, but very worn down. 2 inches A cute little Inoceramus clam 1 inch and lastly, some Exogyra ponderosas. Hopefully I can make it out there a few more times before they dam the river and maybe find that danged Mosasaur tooth and vert.
  6. Ammonite Baculite

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Ammonite Baculites - Austin Chalk Formation
  7. Baculites

    From the album North Sulphur River

    Baculites are abundant at NSR. These are typical specimens; some are nice with good suture lines, others are really eaten up.
  8. Bone bed of Cephalopods

    I found this conglomeration of fossils in between a layer of sedimentary rock and a crystalline layer of what I can only assume is calcite. I can identify a few shapes in the upper part of the fossil that lead me to believe I had found a bed of young baculites. It took me a good hour to dig up all of my finds, which included an array of brachiopods and or bivalves, ammonites, and cute little scorpion who was very much alive. (I almost crushed the little guy with my gigantic human hand) Needless to say, I was very happy with my new collection of marine fossils. I will be returning to the site soon to collect more and better quality specimens. ;D
  9. NSR, April 7th

    I made my second trip to the North Sulfur River today. I had planned on going yesterday, but it was pretty chilly early, and today was forecast to be much warmer, plus the water was still coming down, so I settled for a 50 mile bike ride yesterday, and headed for the NSR this morning. I seem to be making the most of this time of social distancing / off work. A bike ride yesterday, NSR today, and I'll be crappie fishing tomorrow. If this is a preview of retirement, sign me up. Once again, I just went to the Ladonia Fossil Park. I hiked downstream, the opposite of the direction I headed last time. I'm still finding out what my physical capabilities are for this kind of trip. With all my bike riding, my legs are strong, and I'm in great aerobic shape, but at 69 years old, and after almost 50 years of heavy machine shop work, my back and shoulders are pretty cratered. I'm not sure how I'll hold up for long hikes down treacherous river bottoms, or climbing in and out. I probably pack my backpack lighter than most here. But after hiking a couple of miles down the river and back today, I feel fine. So, maybe I can hold up to these trips better than I thought. I'm ready to try getting in and out of the river at some other spots. I drove over to the FM2990 bridge and looked at that access. I'll tackle it, but I'm definitely going to do it on a dry day. That rope climb back up looks tough. I'd also like to try out the river downstream at 24. A question for those who know the area: Google satellite photos show a lot more water in that area, with hardly any sand bars showing. Is the water that much higher there, or is it just when Google took the photos? Do I need to wait for lower water to try that out? Water level today was 2.08. I didn't bring that much back today. There was nothing of real significance, but as always, some interesting stuff.
  10. Original Baculite Nacre

    From the album North Sulphur River

    These wonderful colors you are seeing are from the original iridescent nacre of a baculite from the Late Cretaceous. The colors are caused by "thin film interference," in other words, by the structure of the nacre.
  11. Baculites asperiformis?

    I normally find small pieces of black and the 2 or so inch red baculites at NSR. I found this today and want to make sure I label it correctly. Not sure if this would be the same species as the black and small reds as it is much larger than those I have found. Thanks for any help in advance.
  12. Unknown Bac and ?

    Ok, first I believe is a baculite piece but it was found in a different matrix. Much larger than what I normally find there and haven't found a grey one before. Just black and red. . No clue on the next pics. I found a few but only kept one as I think it is geological. Figure if there are something I will head back to grab them.
  13. This baculite piece appears to have undergone replacement by chalcedony. The walls of the empty chambers are very thin and delicate. There is a bit of original nacre intact. Thunder Basin area of NE Wyoming.
  14. Biologic or odd concretion?

    Hello, I'm posting this for a buddy of mine. This piece was found in the French Joe Canyon area near the town of Whetstone, AZ. Any ideas if this is an actual fossil or an odd looking concretion? Thank you for any and all help.
  15. Baculite?

    I wish I could follow the rules and give you a picture on a plain background, but we had to leave it where we found it as it was on federal land, so this is all I have. We went camping as a family to The Pines Recreation area near Glasgow Montana on Fort Peck Reservoir. My 8 year old son, who wishes to be a paleontologist, and collects every rock he sees, found this in the reservoir. I told him we would take a picture and see if any of our friends knew what it was, but since it was found on the Charles M Russell Wildlife refuge, we couldn't take it with us. One of our friends on facebook told us to check out baculites, and I think that MAY be what it is, but just wasn't sure. I would like to be able to tell him it "probably" is this, so I thought I would see what y'all think? Thanks! A Pastor's wife with no idea at all about fossils IMG_5388.HEIC IMG_3394.HEIC
  16. Greetings from Texas! So I have posted previously about my hunt to find all the species of Echinoids in Texas. Well, I am also on the same fossil quest for all the ammonites, nautiloids, baculites, turrilites and belemnites I can find as well! When looking for one, you might as well look for the other! So I thought I'd start a post of my ongoing hunt for all the cephalopods. I'll start with some of my finds from the recent past and I am still working on my identifications, so please do assist if you notice the wrong ID! Thanks and also post some of your finds! I'd love to see 'em! Start with some of my "backyard" finds (within 20 min drive). I am lucky to have quite a few hunting locals near me, so I occasionally find these lovely little Budaiceras from the Buda formation. I don't think this is Budaiceras, but i actually DID find it in my backyard.....in the creek behind my house, which is Edwards Formation, I believe. Not a great specimen, but the fact I found it in my actual backyard makes it special to me.. . I also find quite a few Engonoeras near me - usually small but decently preserved - I am fairly certain it is from the Glen Rose Formation: Another nice little section from a different spot, also Glen Rose: Best one, however, was from Harker Heights (which is a bit over an hour away) in the Walnut Formation: That'll do for now. More to come in the near future!
  17. Baculite - Austin.JPG

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Baculite found in Austin Texas
  18. NSR Baculite

    From the album North Sulphur River

    Phosphatized baculite collected in the North Sulfur River in Ladonia, TX. The suture patterns have a beautiful mathematical quality to them.
  19. North Sulphur River - Weird Finds

    Some of my odder finds from North Sulphur River. The pyritized baculite and the preserved skin were both found in the Ladonia area. The baculite was initially powdery white on the exterior, with just a bit of metallic luster showering. A light scrub with a soft toothbrush revealed the rest. The skin appears reptilian, but I would love further insights.
  20. NSR Mix

    From the album North Sulphur River