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Found 22 results

  1. Carboniferous fossils ?

    This was found in Nova Scotia, Canada, along the Bay of Fundy. Fossils in the area were typical carboniferous flora and small arthropod track ways. This was somewhat remote from other fossiliferous layers though. I collected them thinking maybe fish scales, but with a closer look I wonder if they could be pieces of arthropod shell. Notice that they are recognizable mostly by their reflective nature.
  2. Just a short video of a quick trip to the beach last week to enjoy the spring sunshine!
  3. Hi! I found this near a marsh in the back bay of southern NJ. It is approx 1" x 3/4". Can anyone help ID it?
  4. A few years ago, I found a fossilized something on the Beach at Cape Henlopen. It was embedded in quartz. It looked kinda like a belemnite, but the wrong material. I was told by Plax that it was much older than our cretaceous belemnites. I tucked it into a spot on the shelf and wondered about it. Since then I have seen a few posts here and there from folks in NJ finding nice little paleozoic pieces on their side of the bay as well. This summer, I made it a mission to explore the Delaware beaches and see what I could find and how far north they went. I began at the cape and worked my way north, one beach to a trip. Cape Henlopen's beach is rather lacking in pebbles this season, so not much to find, but I know they turn up! I have spotted them here and there in the intervening years. The next few trips were Bowers Beach. Oh, yeah! Some are impressions of brachiopods and crinoids are so tiny in big pebbles that is just isn't worth it to take them home and wonder where on that pitted rock I found something recognizable. Others are very distinct chunks of coral replaced with chert, some with crystal quartz in the gaps between structural elements. Each time, I came home with a couple of fistfuls of nice little pieces, mostly about 1" across. The next stop was the beach in Battery Park, in New Castle. This is not a nice bathing beach. It is on a heavily-industrialized section of the Delaware River. The beach is littered with slag, brick, glass and bits of other man-made "rock." But, the black slag definitely allows the brown chert to stand out more. Bingo! The prettiest horn coral I've found yet, plus a few other nice goodies. All told, I came home with about as much as I usually find at Bowers, but cutting my travel time from over an hour to just 20 minutes. *Insert Happy Dance Here!* The last stop was a rare little stretch of river bank in Claymont, a mile or so from the northern border. The stretch was pretty narrow and short. There were plenty of pebbles, but not much chert. Nothing distinctly fossilized. Oh, yeah, and on the way BACK, I found, facing into the woods and hidden by the vegetation, a "No Trespassing" sign. Now they tell me. Ah, well, now I know it isn't worth the trouble anyway. The Delaware Geological Survey, as far as I can find, has no public record of fossils at the beach. They note the Cretaceous at the C&D Canal, the Miocene in a farm field that got bulldozed for a highway, Pleistocene silicified wood in the fields and streams just south of the canal, and plant impressions from the canal down to the southern border. The corals and other marine impressions in the chert are Paleozoic, possibly Devonian or Silurian, but no one seems quite sure. They were part of the ancient sea bed when the Cretaceous stuff at the canal was still alive and can be found in the pebbles there, too, occasionally. I find it really neat and kind of surreal to think about all those fossils that were ancient when my ancient sea shells were still alive.
  5. Corbula inaequalis

    This specimen and dozens like it were collected from matrix material deposited in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay by a landslide. It is one of only a few species that consistently survived intact in the matrix samples I collected. Most specimens were single, unbroken valves, but several had both valves together and intact. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Formerly known as Corbula inequalis.
  6. Geodized Rugose Coral Mold

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Rugose Coral Paleozoic Delaware River, New Castle, Delaware
  7. Crinoid Stems

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Crinoid Stem Sections Largest is about 2 mm across. Delaware River, New Castle, Delaware
  8. Rugose Coral Cross-Section

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Rugose Coral Paleozoic Delaware River, New Castle, Delaware
  9. Rugose Coral- top view

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Rugose Coral Paleozoic Bowers Beach, Kent County, Delaware
  10. Coral

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Possibly Syringopora Paleozoic Cape Henlopen, Lewes, Delaware
  11. Rugose Coral

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Rugose Coral Paleozoic Lewes, Delaware
  12. Unidentified

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Found on the beach in New Castle, Delaware. Known Paleozoic fossil area. Identity unknown.
  13. Coral

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Rugose Coral Paleozoic Bowers Beach, Kent County, Delaware
  14. Honeycomb Coral

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Tabulate coral Paleozoic Bowers Beach, Kent County, Delaware
  15. Rugose Coral

    From the album Delaware Fossils

    Rugose "Horn" Coral Paleozoic Bowers Beach, Kent County, Delaware
  16. Shore Treasures

    Several years ago, I found a brachiopod and some rugose coral embedded in a couple pebbles while beach combing at Cape Henlopen State Park. I found another few wandering inland at the park. A few years later, I found one at Bowers Beach. This summer I've made it a project to see how much I can find and how far north it goes. My guess is all the way up the river, but I'll stick to DE for now. This week's stop was Battery Park in New Castle. Sure enough, among the chunks of industrial slag and other miscellaneous rubble were several distinct corals. Also found at bowers beach were two pieces of petrified wood. The marine fossils are all from the Paleozoic, but which era I haven't narrowed down yet. The DE Geological Survey doesn't seem to have any published documentation on it. The wood is pleistocene. It was found on Bowers Beach and most likely washed down from a known area of southern New Castle County/Northern Kent County. Next stop: an off-the-beaten-path access point for the Delaware River in Claymont, about as far north as I can get and still be in Delaware!
  17. Maybe a bivalve?

    I think this is a bivalve. I'm curious as to whether or not I'm right, and what it's age might be.
  18. California Bay Area

    I will be in Palo Alto CA this week and will have the afternoon on Tuesday to hunt fossils. I would love to find some nice sand dollars and shark teeth. If I find enough I will put some in an auction to support the forum. Any good suggestions? Thank you
  19. Looking for an Age

    The Delaware Bay is quite a mixed bag. Things wash up from various ages. We find paleozoic marine stuff. We find pleistocene petrified cyprus wood. This weekend we found a few pieces of coral in Lewes, DE. They are obviously way too new to be paleozoic. The only living reef around here is made up of tube worms because the water is too dang cold for coral. Anyone have any ideas how old this might be? Calvert Cliffs is on the other side of the peninsula and to the south. They contain Miocene corals, but the geography is very different. Anyone have a clue?
  20. Stumped by fragment from sea

    Hi, I understand my beachfinds are almost always going to be worn by the sea... but i think i find trying to id them part of the fun. This one has me stumped. Any ideas?
  21. forming a club

    I was wondering if it would be possible and what the benefits might be to form a fossil hunting group here in the panhandle? It might help us to get a better idea of what was actually here. I only know of a few papers and some book mentions that include the panhandle and most are from the 30's t0 50's and are mostly shells. We'd need a real paleontologist also.
  22. Bayfront Park-3/19/16

    Headed out last Sunday to Bayfront Park. I got down there before the sun even came up and there were still people down there. I don't think its possible to go without running into some one down there. The water was really high and cloudy from all the rain we've had, so pickings were slim. I did manage to find a mako sticking out of some fallen formation out of the cliffs. The tooth is in great shape but the gums are a little beat up. What i really like about this mako is it really shows some wicked feeding damage from where the shark bit its own tooth. I wonder what it could be eating. I hope you enjoy. If you frequent Bayfront park hit me up I'd love to have someone to go with sometimes. Boneheadz
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