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  1. OK I thought the other two trip posts were getting a bit long. So I am creating separate post for the third trip for the Britton Formation in Collin county, Texas. The other 2 trips are here: I have to write these things in segments. I'm slow at writing sometimes since I write in between chores and such (i.e. other fossil hunting trips). Sunday I had a bit of time to work on writing the rest of the trip report. I was supposed to teach a couple scout badges this weekend outdoors, but wouldn’t you know it, it started raining. I thought I’d go hunting instead because the showers looked isolated, but when I looked at the radar future cast it looks like it will be raining much of the day across the whole area I usually hunt in. So I’ll work on writing the third segment between chores and cleaning fossils. I get so easily distracted. Here it is Tuesday and I'm just getting to post it I made a third trip out to the same spot with the Britton formation in the same week. Joe aka @Fruitbat and I had met at a local Mexican restaurant for dinner on Tuesday, I think it was. We live reasonably close to one another. When I met him for dinner I brought him a couple little slabs and a concretion of carboniferous plant fossils to play with. They were from my trip to Oklahoma at the end of April. During dinner we agreed to go hunting Saturday afternoon, provided I didn't get called in during the night and would be too wiped out to go hunting. I had told Joe I prefer to split the bill and pay for our own meals. He told me that his mother would roll over in her grave if he let me do that. I told him we would talk about that at dinner, trying to hold my ground. We did talk about it, but Joe is stubborn. While I was busy telling a story or talking or something the bill came and he took the bill before I thought to grab it and he paid for both anyway. I think I will either have to be quicker to grab the check or not go to dinner again unless the terms are agreed to up front. Am I being too modern or stubborn? I don't think so, but I am not a guy and I don't get how men think on these matters. I am trying to be practical and fair. I think its a generational gap. Joe is old enough to be. . . , well, lets just say older so as to not give his age away. I go to church on Saturday and the place is only 10-15 minutes away from my church. So the plan was I would go to church and then he would meet me up in a store parking lot near the spot we were going to hunt and we would go hunting from there. I was on call for my work. I have to stay within an hour’s drive of work at all times when I’m on call. I also have to have cell phone service wherever I go so my work can contact me. Believe it or not there are places within an hour of Dallas that I cannot get service at times. So this spot was as good as any I knew of within an hour of my work and I had great cell service there. I met up with Joe and we headed out to a construction dirt pile I wanted to check out first. I had seen it on the way to the spot last time. It was enormous. It was also part of the Eagle Ford group and probably less than 2 miles from the other spot. Sometimes I’ve found great stuff in construction piles. Sometimes they are complete duds. I'd classify this one a dud. This is a picture of the location. It was dirt taken from a new housing development right next to it. The soil was brown and there were a few plates of what appeared to be Kamp Ranch here and there, but the plates were pretty much compressed shell fragments. I'm still learning my formations. Been there, done that before. I knew there were better things waiting a couple of miles away, but I thought I would give the pile the once over anyway, just in case some gem of a fossil showed up. I guess I should have known that brown soil was probably not the best indicator for good fossils within the Eagle Ford. Maybe elsewhere. If anyone knows of brown soil in the Eagle Ford that has good fossils I'd like a little enlightening of what I might expect to find in it should I encounter brown soil in the Eagle Ford again so I don't completely discount and avoid it. I found numerous chunks of calcite and gypsum. There was the very rare very worn oyster and I found a few fragments of septarian nodules with the typical brown and yellow to white aragonite and calcite crystals in them, but these were pretty tumbled and worn down and not freshly broken open. After looking around for maybe 30 minutes we both decided that was enough of that. We headed out to the other location. We parked our vehicles. It was another blazing hot day. I had to convince Joe to bring something to drink. I was ready to put an extra Gatorade into my bag for him if he wasn't going to take one for himself. So he put one in his bag thankfully. It was over 90 degrees F. If you have read my other posts you know the issues with hydration I have had. I'm trying to turn over a new leaf. Plus the creek water out there didn't look quite so drinkable as the NSR water. That was sarcasm. The NSR is not so drinkable at all. I've come across places numerous times where you could tell the wild hogs had relieved themselves in the river by the smell. I still need to get me one of those Lifestraws. I digress. Back to the trip. We started the walk to the spot. This time I brought my rubber creek boots. They are the kind you get from Home Depot that the concrete pourers use when pouring concrete. So they can handle a creek pretty well, but they are a bit hot. We got to the place where the avalanche had happened and Joe wanted to explore the little creek below where the avalanche had happen. The small creek ran along the road. I can't remember if I mentioned that there were a few trees along the creek that had been taken down by beavers. One was one of the largest trees I've ever seen taken down by a beaver. It must have been over 12 inches in diameter. It made me wonder how many beavers died in felling trees. Within the creek there were some areas the water was shallow and the banks were high with lots of exposed rock and soil. I had explored it before. We didn’t really find anything other than the non-Cretaceous oysters. Just as we were about to the other creek where the hunt would begin I got a message from my work giving me a heads up that there was a deceased donor sample coming in for a pediatric, 2 month old heart transplant. I would need to go and work on that when they knew the ETA. I can't remember if I have ever posted my profession. I work in a lab and am a Histoccompatibility and Immunogenetics Specialist. I specialize in tissue typing for organ and bone marrow transplants and also for disease associations with the tissue typing. I have been doing that for 21 years in the same lab. Anyway, my work didn’t have the ETA yet they were just giving me advance notice. It had already been delayed twice. I was pretty hot and so bright I couldn't read my messages on my phone. So I found a shady spot to be able to read my messages. I sat down on the edge of a concrete slab poured to prevent erosion. It was a peaceful little place with the water running over the rocks. A tree was perched on the edge of the bank above me. I snapped this pic of Joe while I was sitting there reading my messages, replying and waiting for the response. We went on hunting while I waited to hear back on the ETA of the heart donor's tissue. Joe was the first to find something. He found a pretty little red ammonite about 1.5 inches across with a bit of matrix still on it. It was probably less than 30 feet from where Joe is in this pic. He offered it to me. I told him no way that it was his little memento of the hunt. If he found nothing else worthy of keeping that little beauty was worthy of keeping. I didn't get a pic of it. Maybe Joe can provide one. We continued with the hunt. I am not fast about covering ground while hunting, but I definitely move faster than Joe. Shortly after we got into the creek and began to hunt I got a call from the on call supervisor at my work telling me that the sample would be there around 6:00. That meant I had maybe 45 minutes left to hunt. We’d only been in the creek maybe 10 minutes max. Since I knew my time hunting would be cut short I was trying to cover more ground. I soon left Joe inspecting an exposure and moved on to another exposure further down the creek. I found a number of ammonite fragments. I found several halves of ammonites. Here are a few of them. The two ammonite halves were within 1 inch of each other along with the baculite fragment. I assume they are both Metoicoceras of some kind. Please chime in if you know what they are. I think this one must be a Placenticeras pseudoplacenta var. occidentale. Please help educate me if I am misidentifying them. I am very new at this. Sometimes I assume a species based on what I know is in the formation if it kind of looks like it. I am doing that with this one. I don't know of another smooth genus in the Britton. I also found a few more interesting bulbous concretion. Almost all of the concretion material are flat little slabs of rock not more than ½ to 1 inch thick, but occasionally you find little odd shaped ones or bumpy ones. I picked some of them up hoping I can figure out how to expose whatever may be inside. I found a few more baculite pieces. I found the longest fragment I had found. I also found a few tiny gastropods. Very cute and tiny. Here are pics of all the baculite fragments found over the 3 days. I am probably not the idea naturalist for combining the fossils from 3 hunts within a week from the same local. The largest fragment I did find when I hunted with Joe. This is one of the fragments. When it is wet it looks like shiny copper. When dry it looks like a metallic rose gold. It is lovely piece. I have a few others that have flecks of it on them. A few have a rainbow kind of hue. OK I am trying to break up my posts for this trip so I can include more pictures. Bare with me. More is coming. Oops left out a pic description. These are a number of the fragments I found that day with the exception of the Placenticeras ones.
  2. My family found quite a few baculite sections last weekend (including the one attached) and thanks to the help from this group we now know what we have. We were not specifically fossil hunting when we found them and were not equipped to collect many of them. We are going back to the site this weekend (if the weather is favorable) and I’d love any suggestions for properly collecting these pieces. Ideally I’d like to piece some of the sections together once we are home for our personal enjoyment, education, and to see if we can assemble a complete (or near complete) baculite (probably wishful thinking, but it would be neat!). Some pieces aren’t in the best of shape (see attached image). How would you collect these sections? Would you leave the poorly preserved pieces? Any thoughts or tips are much appreciated!
  3. Hello fellow creek crawlers and rock hounders! I am not dead LOL! After a 3 year hiatus I am happy to be back here on the first forum I have everjoined posting my secret guilty pleasures which are of course...fossils. Sothe reason I am back is I finally found a peer here in Texas who is aBiologist with a huge love for paleontology to go on trips with (rememberI'm from Indiana) and we have always wanted to go to the North SulphurRiver in the middle of Texas winter, arguably the best season for fossilinghere! No venomous snakes out and no bugs. So we made an impromptu trip from Princeton to Ladonia on the tenth becausemy friend and I were craving an adventure for a chance to find mosasaurbones. I was so surprised it now takes literally 1 hour to get there versusabout 8 years ago, when I first moved here, I swore google maps said ittook almost 3 hours! I was so happy to read that and we arrived there inwhat felt like only a 20 minute drive. No fast food places or Walmarts onthe way, just really old towns lost in time and country fields. Afteralmost a decade of wanting to see this place I finally saw the river! The stairs absolutely killed me, let me tell ya! I'm in my late 20's andpretty active but those stairs made my legs and knees so sore I had to crawl upand down them and days later still in pain. Each step is nearly half ameter tall and there are no rail guards on top of it being muddy andslippery. It was far easier to use the mess wire to climb up and down thecliff bank. I'm glad I decided not to bring my family with me because I can't imagine them trying to go down the stairs, it was so hard to get down even for 3 adults! Look at this cool ammonite impression in the shale! It was too crumbly andwet to extract so we just left them because they would break. We decided to stay near the bridge in case of rain and hugged the exposedsilt beds and gravel bars in the middle. We knew it was probably over-pickedbut I had hope. I tried to stay close to the "red zones" instead of themuddy shale. So we didn't go far from the stairs, just under the bridge inthe pictures. The river was super low in fact there was little water butanything wet was near freezing temperature. We got stuck in the mud and Ieven had no choice but to walk through the ice water to retrieve my shoesLOL next time I'm bringing the high wader rubber boots because it was the worsthaving near freezing wet socks for hours. I was stupid and didn't bring mysieve or trowel so we picked from on top. Honestly I really didn't knowwhat to look for except for black bone and baculite pieces as I have noexperience with the Ozan formation or shale. I'm used to picking for sharkteeth in gravel at Post Oak creek up in Sherman, Texas orcoral/ brachiopods in limestone or silica in Indiana. Everything here wasdifferent colors in the dirt and it was overwhelming but useful. I had thisinstinct to stick to the gravel beds in the middle (where I found all of myfinds!) although I was interested in the exposed red walls of the riverbank. I was wondering if a sieve and geologist hammer would be a good ideaand have a go at the walls next time we visit. Any pointers where to lookfor next time would be kindly appreciated! Omanyte with an ammonite aka Helix Fossil Moving onto my finds!My colleague found these massive baculites, some pretty black internalmoulds of shells, and shark teeth. My finds! I think I did okay for a picked over location at theentrance and no sieve. We only stayed for maybe two hours at most andagain I had no idea what to look for. I need help with some IDs! I have 7pieces of bone I am interested in, they look like marine reptile boneswhich is exciting! I'm sorry if my pictures are bad or need resized! I haven't been on a forum in years and I forget how to do everything. I am also uploading from my phone so I might have to edit photo or text spacing later. G. Please tell me this is something cool! I'm hoping this is a sea turtle shell piece with tooth marks on it! WTH is this......? Here is what I think they are.... A. Mosasaur "wrist" bone?B. Mosasaur or other marine reptile "finger" phalanges boneC. Mosasaur or other marine reptile "finger" phalanges boneD. marine reptile bone- possible tooth?E. unidentified marine reptile boneF. Marine reptile bone? (one of the curved bones near the eye socket?)G. Cretaceous sea turtle shell fragment!? (Has predator tooth marks!)H. ??? marine reptile tail bone piece? I. Fish vert J. Fish or small marine reptile vert K.Leptostyrax tooth L. Squali tooth M. Arrowhead Fragment N.??? Internal mould of a tree branch? It has a branching structure but it doesn't look like coral to me O. Corprolite? P.??? Help me with this one! Is it a rudist? Q. Baculites baculites baculites. R. Fossilized mouse incisor (recent) S. Cretaceous tube worms? They were everywhere to I stopped picking them up. T. ??? Coral? U. Petrified Wood V. Ammonite impression on shale W. internal snail shell mould X. Plicatula shell? Overall I loved the whole experience and when it warms up a little bit I will definitely head back out here! This is my new favorite fossil spot I have ever been to! I love the Cretaceous life fossils and the arrowheads found here are also very nice. Even if you don't like fossils there are neat stones, artifacts, and animals to find! Things I learned to help others plan a trip here: -The "Fossil Park" entrance to the river in Ladonia, Texas is the best place to park since it's FREE and open 24 hours/all days of the year. - Come here in Winter so there aren't any snakes or bugs -Make sure to bring your own food and water bottles as there are NO restaurants or stores nearby for 13 miles. Also bring TP in case you need to "go" in the woods. - IT WILL BE MUDDY! Bring an extra pair of clothes, shoes, socks, towels, etc if you plan on staying the day there. WEAR RUBBER BOOTS! I ruined my running shoes completely and had to fish them out of mud. I recondmend steel toe high-wader boots, after this trip I went to walmart and got a pair of tight fitting 16" wader boots for only $20 to use for next time! Also helps protect your legs from bugs, briar, snake bites, etc. - If you are like me and kneel in dirt or lay on gravel looking for fossils on the top exposed earth- bring some knee pads! - The stairs are very steep and will make you sore so be sure to do stretches and go down slowly -Use a long walking stick to test which parts of the river you can walk on. Example is that there are areas of one inch water you can walk across, but be careful as its tricky! Sometimes the shale is solid rock and other areas where it is just straight-up mud inches down and you will sink. - I recommend bringing a sieve and trowel! -Bring first aid kit and medicines like epipen if you have bee allergies. I also brought asprin, allergy pills, tums, etc. -There are wild pigs in this area, I saw boar or even javelina (not actually a pig) foot prints in the mud! -There are arrowheads, beads, and mammal fossils here! Not just marine Cretaceous fossils! Bring a backpack or container for your cool finds. - Do not go here if there is rain in the forecast or if it has recently rained a lot. The river cliff banks look like they could easily make mudslides and the river may fill up fast. -Don't go alone! Safety in numbers! I still can't decide if this is a good place to bring children or not, personally I wouldn't, but if you are an adult at least take another adult with you! There is no hospital nearby and I had poor cell phone service. You will need to fend for yourself with wild animal encounters and the geology here. It is very steep and muddy. In case of wild animals (wild pigs specifically) if you don't have a gun at least bring something to scare off animals and defend yourself with. I brought bear mace, airhorns, flares, and a hunting knife just in case. You will probably never use them but better safe and prepared!
  4. New Finds From Pierre Shale

    Picked up several specimens during my exploration of what I believe to be a local outcropping of the Pierre Shale in Colorado Springs. A decently preserved Baculites for sure with nice sutures and an unknown fossil. Any help this one would be appreciated.
  5. Baculite Pieces from the Pinna Layer

    From the album Just Above the Iridium Layer

    Eubaculites sp. (straight shelled ammonite (baculite) pieces) Paleocene Pinna Layer Hornerstown Formation Manasquan River Basin Freehold, New Jersey
  6. Partial Eubaculites from the Pinna Layer

    From the album Just Above the Iridium Layer

    Eubaculites sp. (partial straight shelled ammonite (baculite)) Paleocene Pinna Layer Hornerstown Formation Manasquan River Basin Freehold, New Jersey
  7. Another very successful trip to the Little Smoky River this year north of Valleyview, Alberta. River levels had finally receded and we were lucky to be one of the first to pick the banks for exposed baculites. They are mostly fragmented and I have yet to find a complete specimen. No matter the size their colours are brilliant from silvery white, blues, reds and greens. The shimmery colour catches your eye when they are wet and at the waters edge.
  8. North Sulphur River

    Fun North Sulphur River Texas hunt. The big Tylosaur tooth and coprolite were my favorite finds of the day.
  9. fossil site

    I hope this is the right spot for this information. I use to live in NJ an there is a site that not to many people take advantage of. In Highlands, (Monmouth County) at the end of Shore Drive there is a little park(Popomora). If you walk to the end of the beach to where the boulders start, in the wash and in the rocks you can find many different types of fossils. We have found some really nice opalized ammonite pieces and quite a few baculites. Now I know the Marl Pits are closed , but we always found them on the water side of the Henry Hudson Trail.If you decide to take a walk down the trail about a half mile or so towards Atlantic Highlands is a small stream, there might be a small bridge there, it tends to wash out with the storms. But anyway on the water side we have found some really nice stuff there. I hope this helps someone looking for new sites. While you are there you can swim and fish also. Good Luck.
  10. Baculites

  11. Ammonites

  12. I believe that the body chamber on this specimen is practically complete.
  13. Hi all, I had a chance to visit one of my favorite eastern North Carolina quarries today. This quarry contains exposures of the Cretaceous PeeDee Formation and Eocene Castle Hayne Formation. Overall was an outstanding day for everyone who attended. I was very fortunate to add 2 new species to my collection. First and my best find of the day, a Baculites vertebralis living chamber. Baculites along with all ammonites are extremely rare in North Carolina so this was an unexpected and day making find. Find of the day #2 and barely #2 an extremely rare Cretaceous echinoid, also a first for me. Lefortia trojana I also found more than a few Hardouinia kellumi's. An uncommon Cretaceous echinoid. From the Castle Hayne Eocene, Linthia wilmingtonensis. Unifascia carolinensis I also found this large, softball sized Cretaceous clam cast, from the PeeDee Formation. Trying to find an ID for it. There was lots of other things. 25 or so Hardouinia mortonis, a few shark teeth including 1 nice Squalicorax. Also some cool oysters, Flemingostrea and Exogyra and a real nice cretaceous angel shark vert, that I am having trouble photographing. I also captured this cool pic of a dragonfly taking a break. Great day in the sun, getting some good exercise finding fossils. Cannot ask for anything better than that.
  14. Baculites pacifica (Matsumoto & Obata)

    From the album Cephalopods Worldwide

    14cm. long. From the Cretaceous Campanian Cedar District Formation south of Campbell River, B.C. Thanks to Rick (Fossisle) for the trade.
  15. Baculites sp. (Lamarck 1799)

    From the album Cephalopods Worldwide

    6cm. With fine mother of pearl preservation. From the Cretaceous Campanian Lambert Formation on Hornby Island, B.C. Thanks to Rick (Fossisle) for the trade.
  16. Hi, Is it possible to say more than Baculites on this specimen? It is 12mm in diameter. Campanian, Mishash foration, Israel (Central Negev area). Many thanks, Oz
  17. 3-7-17 NSR Trip

    A muddy but fun NSR trip. I found a nice variety of fossils & artifacts. Some pretty good size baculites this time. @GeschWhat will probably appreciate the coprolite. It's full of bones under magnification.
  18. It was a beautiful day for a long North Sulphur River hike. Very few finds for such a long walk but it was good to get out of the house. It will be good hunting again after a heavy rain.
  19. North Sulphur River Texas Finds

    From the album North Sulphur River Texas

    North Sulphur River Mosasuar verts, Turtle shell and huge baculites.
  20. Short morning NSR hunt with a fellow TFF member wrfisherman. We had a good time but it was dry and the area had been hunted. I did find a chunk of turtle (protostegid costal), a piece of fish rib, a cool red baculites and a nice piece of rudists.
  21. Made my first fossil foray of the year. The North Sulphur River turned up a few nice pieces for me. Baculites sections Ammonite pieces. The one on the left retains a lot of the original contours. I haven't run across one this nice before in the Sulphur. (Continued ... )
  22. Yesterday's Great NSR Hunt!

    Headed out in the morning. Got to the bridge at 11:30 am and by the time we got down to the site it was 12 pm. Found nothing for a good 30 mins until I picked up an amazing red piece of baculite. Then the ammonites came. I found 8 in total (including 3 frags). Then my mom started walking across a creek and she fell in waist deep into mud! She got out but it was scary. We walked into a creek and found stuff. Did I mention it was cloudy? When we got out of the creek we realized the water was becoming higher! We walked fast back to the bridge and found a mos vert on the way. We had a good time yesterday! Mos vert.
  23. Baculite molds and cast

    From the album Texas Finds

    Scientific Name: Baculite Found: North Central Texas Shoreline Date Found: 2013 Formation: Alluvium / Eagle Ford Size: Various
  24. Baculite molds and cast

    From the album Texas Finds

    Scientific Name: Baculite Found: North Central Texas Shoreline Date Found: 2013 Formation: Alluvium / Eagle Ford Size: Various
  25. Baculite molds and cast

    From the album Texas Finds

    Scientific Name: Baculite Found: North Central Texas Shoreline Date Found: 2013 Formation: Alluvium / Eagle Ford Size: Various
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