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Found 53 results

  1. A 12-year-old found a 69 million-year-old dinosaur fossil while hiking with his dad By David Williams, CNN, October 16, 2020 Twelve-year old boy finds dinosaur fossil at Nature Conservancy of Canada Horseshoe Canyon site, October 15, 2020, Calgary, AB Yours, Paul H.
  2. Possible claw?

    Wondering if this is a rock or some type of fossil claw. Found outside Terry, Montana in the badlands.
  3. Good morning folks. I have a fossil Stylemys nebrascensis(?) turtle from the White River Badlands of South Dakota. I noticed what "appears" to be bite marks on both the top and bottom of the shell after I removed a layer of matrix. I carefully washed it with a medium bristle, plastic brush and Dawn Dishwashing liquid. What are your thoughts on the "marks"?
  4. Is this a fossil?

    I found this rock in the Badlands, SD and it looked like it could possibly be a fossil. I don’t have much background in this field so if anybody can provide any insight, that would be greatly appreciated! I did do the lick test on the rock and my tongue stuck ever so slightly (I think?)
  5. Dinos & More Dinos

    Just wanted to post some of my favourites from the last few months of collecting. Winter is only a few short months away so I’m heading to the field whenever I can. We’ve got some tyrannosaurid (gorgosaurus or daspletosaurus) toe bones as of this morning! Very excited about that. Bunch of verts including a big one, I know most of the verts aren’t from the same animal but I like to set them up like a tail for visitors The ornithomimid claw, a few tyrannosaurid teeth, croc scute & skull section (I believe that vert belongs to a croc as well, the one before the string) little theropod limb bone and the longer one under the claw I believe is ornithomimid as well as it was close to the claw. Maybe a radius or ulna? Also putting some photos of my friend & I out in the area and the landscape itself. Enjoy!
  6. Hi all! Found this outside of Scenic, South Dakota, USA near Badlands National Park (near a stream bed). I picked it up assuming it was petrified wood, but on closer inspection it looks like it may be something else. The stippled, cell-like pattern of the cross-section reminds me a little of coral. Thanks for your ideas!
  7. Fossil bone, or just a rock?

    Hey all! Found this mystery object outside of Scenic, South Dakota, USA, near Badlands National Park. The texture and shape made me suspicious of bone, but it could also just be an oddly shaped rock. Haven't done enough fossil hunting in the area to feel confident either way. Thanks for any insights!
  8. Took A Long Hike Today

    I wanted to try some new spots that are closer to home, so a family here was nice enough to take me out to their land near Dinosaur Provincial Park and allow me to surface collect. I only kept two things (wasted a good portion of the day searching for tyrannosaur teeth to no avail) but I did find some neat stuff so I thought I’d share. Please excuse the circling and the caption, those were for Instagram. Nice & green this time of year. Won’t look like that for long. Heres something I found a few times today; random pits of petrified wood just shattered. Here’s a good 10 inch chunk that I kept. More petrified wood. Dino bones. Most of them were broken and difficult to tell what they were, as the dinosaur park area bones usually are. Please excuse the circling. It was for Instagram. This was the largest bone I seen today, was over 2 feet long most likely but it was at an awkward place so I didn’t climb any higher to get close. Excuse the caption. This one was fairly large as well. This one I kept because it was one of the only good condition bones that wouldn’t require excavation. Hadrosaur toe bone. (thanks jpc for the help)
  9. White river teeth

    Today the wife and I hit my white river spot. It was a very successful hunt-my wife has a keen eye for fossils, much better than me! Anyway, this tooth was found. I immediately thought some kind of rhino or hippo. I’m thinking hyracodons? We also found this oval piece of enamel in the same area. I’m thinking mastodon for this one. These are total guesses on my part and I’m more familiar with the verts of Florida. Any thoughts are welcome and appreciated.
  10. Prepped Oreodont skull

    Here is an Oreodont skull I prepped a few years ago. I did have to glue some of the larger rear skull pieces together, but otherwise there are no restorations. Just sharing with the group.
  11. Teeth from same species?

    Can anyone tell me if these teeth are from the same species? Or what species they are? They came from clump matrixes from Nebraska and South Dakota.
  12. Cynodontia tooth?

    Can anyone help identify these fossil tooth? Was in a section of matrix from Nebraska or Badlands of South Dakota.
  13. Teeth ID requested

    Can anyone help identify these fossil teeth? One was in a section of matrix from Nebraska and the others came from sections of matrix from the Badlands of South Dakota.
  14. Found while digging in the badlands of Montana in Glendive, in the very corner of the Hell Creek formation we found this single flat piece. At first I only noticed the one hole in the front, but upon closer inspection I discovered a partial second hole above the first, and one side has a structure visible inside the bone. Just wondering if anyone has any clue what it could be! Thanks for any input in advance.
  15. Bone ID - very specific shape

    Another find in Glendive, MT. This piece was found along with other shattered pieces of bone and we jacketed them together. I am slowly working to reconstruct, and this is the biggest whole piece I have. The shape is so specific, I am curious as to if anyone knows at least where in the body this bone was (arm, leg rib, ect) I'd appreciate it! And if you know even more, all the better! Thanks for looking
  16. Damaged bone or horn core?

    Good afternoon! I am a beginner collector and last summer I went on my first dig in Glendive, MT. I don't know the age of the rock we were digging in, but we found some fragments to cast and this piece was found under all those as we dug them out, so it was kind of by itself. We did a very quick search around the area and didn't find anything else. I notice this piece is kind of conical, but I didn't know if that shape was due to damage or if it was a horn. It's in real rough shape, very crumbly, and there is still some plaster on it you can see in a couple pictures (as well as super glue from a bad repair I attempted). There is definitely some marrow on the inside but the outside is badly split. Some groves present Any info or guesses is appreciated. Someday I hope to be as knowledgeable as you all!
  17. Mission Jurassic - "Badlands" of North Wyoming Children's Museum of Indianapolis - BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/nxVbFidDbs/mission-jurassic Yours, Paul H.
  18. Fossil Id Confirmation - White River Skull

    This has been in the family for probably 60+ years. I have handled it and seen it countless times, prior to this it has sat in the bottom of a garage cabinet drawer for the longest time, and now I'm bringing it to you! This skull was caked in matrix on one side and mostly exposed on the other before I started working on it (first picture is the exposed side). I think I have the ID correct, I believe it's a Hyracodon skull, I'm looking for confirmation and I'm also curious as to which "sub member" these are found in... Brule, Chadron, or another layer of the White River Formation (I'm new to this and the majority of my research has been more geared toward the Cretaceous period of my state, thanks in part to the Jurassic Park movies ... ) . Forgive me as I haven't done a ton of research on the White River area, or ever stepped foot there... I know it's tough to believe as I live right here in South Dakota, but I continue to tell myself every time I drive by on I90 "next time", so maybe soon I'll put my boots on that ground. (I know that it's illegal to collect bone fossils in the National Park, but its an absolutely beautiful area that I have yet to check out). Anyway, here are the most recent preparation photos. (I have a decent amount of progress photos if anyone is interested). I'm not quite done with prep yet and I'm happy to take more detailed photos of anything someone might find interesting.
  19. From Badlands National Park

    Any idea what this might be? Or even what body part (skull?) We found this hiking in Badlands National Park in western South Dakota. We were hiking through bluffs made of Oligocene sediments that were rich in mammal fossils. Unfortunately no scale in the photo, but it was about 12 cm long and 10 cm wide.
  20. Mystery item found in western ND

    Hi everyone, I came across this object earlier this evening and I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out what it is. It was found embedded in a soft rock (soft enough to scrape away large chunks with a pocket knife) with just a small cross-section exposed. It first grabbed my attention because it appears round and hollow in cross-section, and was a different color and harder than the surrounding material. The rock it was found in was at the top of a hill, and located in western North Dakota, just barely across the border from Montana. My friend and I tried to brainstorm what it could be, but everything we could think of didn't quite seem to fit. If anyone has any ideas, I'd really appreciate it! Also willing to accept that it might just be a weird rock... Thanks! (More photos to come in the comments)
  21. South Dakota Desert Teeth

    I found these on my trip to South Dakota in the Badlands. I would like to know what they might be. Thank you!
  22. Hello, I recently found what I believe is a fossil at an antique shop in central South Dakota. It was in with various rocks including granite, quartzite, sandstone, and even some petrified wood. I am a novice and only really know what I have read the past couple of weeks. So here is what I do know. The store owner was late seventies. Selling rocks his father had found in his farm many years ago near the Badlands in SD. This particular piece stuck out do to it's layers and pourous ends. It is 14"*6"*4.5". It is 15.6 lbs. I am just looking for any info or tips anyone may have for me to know more about what I'm looking at.
  23. I posted a topic - Middle Devonian of Livingston County New York - recently and decided to include the other shelves in the display case. Also a fellow member requested to see more in the room so its their fault I had many more Oligocene fossils at one time and this is what I kept over the years (either I found it or it means something to me). Im sure there will be questions for me. Thanks, Mikeymig
  24. So in late June early July my wife, 2 boys (8 & 2.5), my father in-law and mother-in-law and I are going to take a 2 week road trip around the US. We'll be leaving Maryland and heading down to Memphis, Tennessee followed by Nashville then on to Texas and ending up in Albuquerque, New Mexico at my brother-in-law's for a few days, then off to the Grand Canyon, up to Dinosaur National monument, over to Hot Springs, South Dakota to the Mammoth site, Mt Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Monument, then to the Badlands in South Dakota, and then start making our way back to home. We're taking some new paths and going back over some previous ones. I am interested in doing 1-2 hour fossil and/or rock and mineral collecting leg stretches not terribly far off US 40 between Memphis and Albuquerque. Honestly anywhere else near the places I listed and anywhere along US 90 back to Chicago and down to Indianapolis, then US 70 the rest of the way east towards home. I'm hoping if I ask on here I can get a handful of options for the trip, we may only do two or three depending on time, weather and general feedback from the rest of the family. I have messaged PFooley about the Albuquerque/Rio Puerco area. After we get back I will have to make a write up of the adventure, it should be a great trip full of geologic and paleontological fun. Thanks for any information, Adam
  25. Big Miocene/Oligocene Mammal Jaw????

    I bought this jaw at a fossil show and the only info that came with it was "Badlands USA". The matrix looks Miocene Arikaree to me and not Oligocene but I'm not sure of course. Any information from a mammal/tooth collector will be appreciated. I have an idea of what it might be but I don't want to say anything until I hear from you all. Thanks, Mikey
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